An autograph signing event for Philadelphia Eagles star Michael Vick has been temporarily canceled due to death threats against the owners of a York County, Penn. sports memorabilia store, according to local area reports.
JJ Cards N Toys owner Joe Bartolo says the threats were made toward him and his wife Jamie after organizing the signing for October at a local Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. The culprit(s) behind the threats are upset that the Bartolos would host Vick's event after his controversial past.
Bartolo alleges thousands of threats were coming in from all across the country and he was forced to shut down the store's Facebook page.
Approximately 70 people had purchased tickets for the event that would allow them to meet and take pictures with Vick. The Bartolos are expected to decide Monday if they will hold a private autograph signing in the future.
Back in March, a book tour for the 33-year-old quarterback was canceled due to "credible" death threats that were extended to retailers, their business, Vick and his family.
After serving 18 months for owning and operating a dogfighting ring in 2007 and an additional two months of house arrest, Vick was banned from owning a dog during a three-year probationary period. Since his release in 2009, Vick has worked with The Humane Society of the United States to raise awareness about animal cruelty.
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