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Mike Vick fans rally in support of comedy show

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Animal activists from the Ark-La-Tex had plenty to say about an NFL star quarterback Michael Vick's planned visit to Shreveport. Now people from the other side of the fence are speaking up.

His fans say forgive and forget- he served his sentence for the crime. Vick, who now plays for the New York Jets, served two years in federal prison for running a dog fighting ring. 

More than 600 people have announced on a Facebook page that they plan to attend a protest of the "Michael Vick Comedy Explosion," which is Saturday at The Strand Theatre. Some Shreveporters say that’s not the only opinion around town. 

“We definitely understand their standpoint. What he did was wrong,” said Dorian Ford, who is organizing a "Forgiveness Rally" for Vick. “When I saw the negativity that was coming from this, I decided to reach out to Mr. Vick’s team and let them know that everyone in Shreveport does not have closed minds."

"We don’t all feel like that. At the end of the day, he made a mistake, he paid his dues,” Ford said. 

Ford plans on holding what she is calling a forgiveness rally beside the protesters. 

“I just don’t want negativity to be the only thing, and hate to be the only thing that he sees when he comes to our city.”

Dogs were found on Vick’s Virginia property back in 2007. Some of them were electrocuted, drowned and beaten to death in a dog fighting ring.

“Obviously people have strong emotions about the crimes that Michael committed, and people have very strong emotions about how he turned his life around and has been a positive influence,” said Chris Shigas, Vick’s spokesperson.

The welcome crews at The Strand Theater are expected to be from both sides of the fence. 

“Me and a couple of friends are working on a couple of welcome signs,” Ford said.

She says, at the end of the day, bringing new entertainment to the city is a positive thing.

“If we are to cast out a celebrity from coming to do a show locally, look at all the other people he has connections to.”

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