YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – As hundreds poured into the Covelli Centre on Saturday for the Men’s Rally in the Valley event, protesters stood outside, speaking out against one of the speakers.
They have an issue with Michael Vick, who was speaking at the 10th annual Christian event in Youngstown. The retired NFL quarterback was to speak about life lessons and learning from his mistakes.
Local animal advocate Jason Cooke said he is upset by Vick’s past with dogfighting. Vick was sent to prison for running a dogfighting operation and lying about his involvement.
“Dogs have no one to speak for them. They have no voice,” Cooke said.
As the protesters rallied outside, others joined together in support inside.
WKBN spoke with organizers earlier this month. They said the event is about forgiveness and Vick shouldn’t be condemned.
Some of the protesters went inside for the event. Two protesters were escorted off of the property after screaming inside of the Covelli Centre.
Michael Vick spoke to WKBN after his speech. Check back here later for that side of the story.