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Posted: Friday, 11 July 2014 7:51AM

Vick's comedy show draws controversy in Louisiana



New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick is in Louisiana this weekend, and not everyone is happy about it. 

Vick will be hosting "The Michael Vick Comedy Explosion" at the Strand Theatre Saturday night in Shreveport. 

Local animal rights activists plan to protest the event.  Attorney Dan Keele says the protest is against the venue for hosting the show.

"We have a problem with dog fighting in the Shreveport area.  We have cases of animal abuse," Keele explained.  "This is not the place and time for the Strand Theatre to host Michael Vick."

There are some who welcome Vick to Shreveport. 

A "Forgiveness Rally" will also take place at the Strand before the comedy show. 

Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover hopes both groups hold peaceful demonstrations.

He feels Vick has paid his debt to society and his story is, now, one of redemption.

"It's possible to be able to elevate yourself above and beyond your past and to move forward into a positive direction," the mayor insisted.

He says Vick can have a life now of betterment and advancement form himself and other people as well.

Vick was jailed in 2007 for his involvement in a dog fighting ring. Since his release in 2009, Vick has been a part-time advocate for animal rights and stricter animal cruelty laws.  Keele says his group's main concern is the comedians on the show making fun of dog fighting.

Vick is scheduled to talk to young football players today at a football clinic at Independence Stadium. 

Glover thinks Vick can give a very important message to the kids.

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