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A Story Involving Mike Vick, a Buffalo Wild Wings, Death Threats, and an Ex-MMA Fighter Who Wants Vick in a Cage

Sep 22, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

source: AP

What the hell is going on here?

The Huffington Post has a story about a Mike Vick appearance at a Buffalo Wild Wings that’s been cancelled, although it turns out he was never really scheduled for such an appearance, protests were promised, death threats are being mailed, and, then in a separate but semi-connected chain of events, an ex-MMA fighter with a heart condition wants to fight Vick.

OK, let’s try to tease this out.

Vick was allegedly scheduled for an autograph signing in York, Pa. on Oct. 31. Amidst some blowback, the Buffalo Wild Wings chain cancelled the event. A company spokesman told the Huffington Post the cancellation had nothing to do with negative publicity and that the real problem is that the appearance was never authorized via the appropriate channels.

Vick’s agent, in a later update, e-mailed HuffPo himself to clarify that his client was never even booked for the event. So these kinds of protests posted on Facebook …

“You suck. Your food sucks. Anyone who eats there sucks. And whoever thought liking/ supporting Michale Vick should burn in hell.”

… were for naught.

Don’t worry this is going somewhere.

Despite Buffalo Wild Wings’ claim that this event was never approved and the Vick camp’s claim that this was never happening anyway, a woman named Jamie Bartolo, the co-owner of JJ Cards N Toys, has been receiving death threats. Bartolo’s company appears to have been the third party who was organizing the event at Buffalo Wild Wings, and she told a CBS affiliate she’s been receiving the following messages:

“The message was, ‘I wish your wife and kids would die,’” said Jamie Bartolo, co-owner, JJ Cards-N-Toys. Bartolo says there were thousands of them. “We’re getting a lot of comments focused towards my family, hurting them, wishing they were dead, making comments that we are vile people for bringing him to this area,” she added.

To recap so far, Buffalo Wild Wings denies an event was ever approved, Vick’s people deny he was ever booked, and this woman, who claims she’s an animal lover, is receiving death threats over an event that was never actually going to happen. So naturally, Joe Bartolo, fellow co-owner of JJ Cards N Toys, is insisting it’s still going to happen.

Joe told the York Daily Record that “we are definitely going to have the signing,” with the following caveats:

The location will be released on Monday or Tuesday to customers on the store’s email list but will not be announced on social media accounts.”Until then, we do not want people talking about it,” Bartolo said.

The event might be promoted as an event with Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson instead of a Michael Vick event so that it does not garner as much national attention, he said.

Well, that plan kind of seems out the window now, since you know, he explained it, and it’s now caught national attention. Solid work out of Joe. Jamie’s receiving death threats and he’s hosting Inside the Magician’s Secrets.

Anyway, you still hanging around here? Be glad. Here’s the part where a guy tries to fight Vick.

Gordon Shell, 44, is an ex-MMA fighter who stepped away from a 20-year career after being diagnosed with a heart condition. Shell now spends his time raising awareness for animal cruelty, and in spite of his condition, he wants one more fight — with Vick.

He’s willing to get punched one more time, though, if Vick says yes to what Shell hopes will be a match shown on Pay Per View, that would raise money for animal rescue groups and would also satisfy those who believe the now-Philadelphia Eagles quarterback’s jail sentence and fines haven’t been punishment enough.

“If you truly want redemption, if you truly want to be free, people want to see you bleed,” says Shell. “At the end of the fight, I’m going to grab the microphone, and just announce to all the animal advocates, OK, this man has actually stepped up. We’re both bleeding. He’s bleeding. He’s felt like what it’s like to be a dog. Except he’s still alive, we haven’t electrocuted him. But he’s stepped up. Now we have to let him finally be free.”

If you’re anything like me, you’re currently asking yourself, what the hell does Gordon Shell have to do with the Bartolos or Buffalo Wild Wings. How did these two stories get paired together by HuffPo?

Shell’s hoping that the protests will make enough of an impact on Vick’s image and his earnings that once his career is is over as a professional athlete, they’ll step in the ring.

Ahh. Well, until that happens, you can buy one of these T-shirts:

So there you have it.

Mike Vick was never scheduled for an event, which prompted bad PR for Buffalo Wild Wings, death threats for two individuals promoting an event they never really scheduled, and renewed attention for an MMA fighter who wants to fight Vick despite a medical condition that forced him out of the ring.

And this, it’s worth noting, is not the first time a cancelled Vick appearance has been accompanied by death threats.

You’re all doing just fine, citizens of America. Keep it up.

>>Michael Vick Appearance Canceled: MMA Fighter Gordon Shell Will Call Off More Protests If NFL Player Competes In Cage Match

  1. hitnrun - Sep 22, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    One of the unforeseen benefits to the Michael Vick era is getting to further despise people who value animals according to how cute they are.

    • Kelly Muldoon - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      I heard Michael Vick is going to be Traded today. Michael Vick Said he Really wants to be Traded Right Now. Michael Vick Said he Really wants to be on A New Team Right Now. Michael Vick Said he Really wants to Leave the Eagles Team Right Now.

      • virginia - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:07 PM

        u all r stupid.get a life vick is laughing at all of u illerate people

      • You're a Dope - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        Maybe YOU should learn how to SPELL BIG words like illiterate, because it only makes you look like more of a moron when you can’t even spell something that you’re calling others, when in turn, it’s you that’s illiterate! DOPE!!! Hahahahahaaaa

  2. willh888 - Sep 22, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    hopefully Vick turns the tables on this creepy dude and challenges him to a race, citing the irony of hosting a violent event to end violence. This grease ball knows a skinny QB isn’t going to a fight a former professional fighter. What a loser move

    • daggolden - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:00 AM

      It doesn’t work that way. Do you know how big Vick would be if he walked into the ring. Bone crusher Jones is looks huge at 165. Just imagine Vick going into the ring at 195 and the same height as Jones he would dwarf him. So yes in NFL standards he is little at QB. But walking into a ring he would be huge.

      • willh888 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:46 AM

        Tough guy was at 185 a few years ago, so we can make up stories about looking 165 and still being big i guess. He’s been a trained fighter for about 20 years, so something tells me challenging a quarterback to a fight is a cornball move. He knows it’ll never happen but he just wants to feel like O’Doyle one more time in his life.

        feel free to contact Gordon Shell, and ask him why he’s too cool to race another professional athlete.. see if he’s as daring as he pretends to be

      • Jimbo99 - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Not sure how big the other guy is, but Vick is more like 220 lbs today after his off season workout.

      • willh888 - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        If Mike Vick is only 20 lbs less than Donovan McNabb, I can throw a football over that mountain

  3. MaryBMcNair - Sep 22, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    my mum in law recently purchased an awesome silver Hyundai Elantra Sedan just by some parttime working online with a laptop. that site

  4. tim - Sep 22, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    What a nut job!!! Get over it people!!!! He payed his time let it go. People care more about animals than people!!

    • xmatt0926x - Sep 22, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      Have you looked at people and human society lately? I don’t blame anyone who cares more about animals than people. People are awful and disgusting. That being said, you are correct about everyone needing to get over it with Vick.

      • Paul - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:28 PM

        You are right people are worse than animals because we should have the sense to act better. It is a sad state of affairs in this country when we care more about dogs, cats and horses more than we do about the systematic criminalization of poor people. Not to mention how people do not see the irony in battling the abuse of animals while continuing to support a sport, such as American Football, where a majority of total participants (from pee wee to the NFL) don’t ever make a living and live the rest of their lives with debilitating body and brain injuries. Not to mention how we have enabled far too many scholastic and hence professional athletes into believing they are beyond reproach. It wasn’t just a cultural problem at Penn State (just look at Steubenville) but of all sports in the United States, but please keep worrying about some animal which only owes its existence to humans in the first place.

      • tim - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM

        Look they choose to play football. no one makes them so stop with this BS about debilitating body and brain injuries. Thats just non sense. People need too take personal responsible for themselves and stop blameing others.

      • Paul - Sep 22, 2013 at 8:36 PM

        Saying they chose to play football originally is like saying I had a choice in being raised Christian, funny because they’re both life altering decisions foisted upon us when we are children and don’t have the ability to recognize the consequences of those decisions. Yes we can change our mind when we grow older and begin to see those consequences, but there are too many incentives to stick around and too much detraction to leave. A talented athlete who has trained their entire short lives as a football player will most likely struggle to succeed in another sport after they realize the debilitating ramifications of their sport. Most likely they’ll have been coddled through their academics, with a small minority being able to succeed academically without the support of their sport. This forces too many children to continue playing football into adulthood to be able obtain a college education and succeed in life, many times with injuries that will begin to surface debilitating side effects long into their adulthood. None of which would have happened if their parents had pushed them towards baseball, basketball or soccer as a child. Football is an all encompassing culture which enables abusers, teaches skills only useful inside the sport and devalues outside endeavors as a detraction to the team and sport. Just look at how many retired football players are loathe to leave the sport because they do not have any marketable skills outside the sport. You can’t claim a choice when our culture does as much as they can to push children into a sport with terrifying ramifications. However, I am not advocating the abandonment of the sport but rather we should take a look how and when we allow our children to play it.

      • tim - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        And whats your point… My point is the player or should i say the person is the one who can make the choice what sport they play. They never complain when the checks are coming in or your on the cover of mags or your on TV. They need to man up and take it. Its the price you pay to play the game.

    • George - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      Actually he did time for racketeering, not A minute for animal fighting. As far as getting over it, I hope you can say the same to any victim of a horrible crime with the same callous ignorance

  5. Opininionsarelikea..nimalactivists - Sep 22, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    I don’t care if Vick eats puppys for breakfast, as long as he stops playing the way he did in week 3.

  6. CantStanzaYa - Sep 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Is this Pittsburgh?

  7. nyphilsphan - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Doesn’t take very long people bloated with self-righteousness on the internet to start threatening people’s families. It never fails.

    “Your actions/words clash with my new found righteous cause! You and your entire family should be put to death!”

  8. bruce ruch - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    curing violence with violence…….makes perfect sense (NOT!!!)

  9. David murphy - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    I’m sorry, who is this mma fighter? Somebody who is tring to make a name for himself. Figured he couldn’t do it in his prime. Give up buddy it’s been almost 4 years, give up, nobody cares anymore.

    • David murphy - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:29 AM

      Michael Vick eat this guy up. What is he 50. 20 years out of the sport and wants to fight a real athlete. The balls of society. This guy has no chance. The only way to get attention is to come at someone else’s family, that is a coward and weak move!! Come at me, leave Vic alone he has done his time and made amends. Your just an asshole!!!

    • mike - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      It’s interesting. The location of the fight would make a big difference. For example, Vick would be completely ineffective if the fight took place in the Red Zone.

  10. thoman8r - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Donte Stallworth killed a guy while driving drunk and got 30 days in jail. It’s funny but I don’t remember hearing about any protests against him when he was at Redskins training camp.

    What Vick did was despicable and he paid a steep price for it – in fact, he probably paid a steeper price than someone who is not a celebrity, because they wanted to make an example out of him. Nonetheless, that punishment was totally deserved.

    Now he has paid his debt to society and has tried to make amends, and by all accounts he is a reformed man who has done everything he has been asked to do. Isn’t this exactly what our criminal justice system is supposed to be about? I honestly don’t know what more he could do. But in the end, I guess some people just want their pound of flesh.

    • supahjuice - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Not to mention rothsliberger, Kobe and Lawrence Taylor were rapist and they get a pass

    • Steve Browne - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      I totally agree with you thoman8r. I’ve been saying that for years now. People value animals over human beings. Ben Rothlisberger has been accused of rape, no big deal, Donte Stallworth kills someone, no big deal, Aaron Hernandez is accused of executing a friend, no outcry. However Michael Vick is so vilified that it’s amazing. I’m not downplaying what he did. It was wrong, no two ways about it. But at the end of the day he spent serioius time in a federal prison, lost millions of dollars and yet that is still not enough.

    • virginia - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      I wish they had pictures at the dog farm.u would have seen a lots I mean a lot of celebrity and other atheletef at those fight those bets be in the thousands of dollar and no ordinary joe blow can afford that kind of money.leave that man a life it over.stop talking about how he is playing he doing good look at eli

      • Ebonics - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:13 PM

        Ebonics 101, this is North Philadelphia’s finest. Go cash some more food stamps and stay away from the computer. You only make yourself sound dumber than you already are!

    • George - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      I don’t understand what debt he payed in regards to animals. What has he advocated? Has he done 1 thing for animals whatsoever? I’m not saying e hasn’t but I know the charges, and I know he adopted a dog… But not one thing about any actual time volunteered or anything

      • Seligkeit - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        He actually has. He spent 2 years in federal prison and went bankrupt in attorney fees; he’s volunteered with the Humane Society of the United States; he’s produced anti-animal fighting Public Service Announcements; he’s spoken to more than 10,000 at-risk children that animal fighting is a dead end street; he’s introduced a bill on Capitol Hill with the Humane Society called the Animal Spectator Prohibition Act to make it a felony to bring children to animal fights and a misdemeanor to watch one.

        But if you believe that he hasn’t done anything, then probably nothing he can do will change your mind.

  11. Lol - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Humanity had a nice run.

  12. Bill Shaffer - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    I believe these protesters need to grow up and get a life. I’m a dog owner and lover myself, but what happened in the past is the past. LET IT GO LET HIM GO!!!! He did the crime and did the time. Your problem isn’t with him now it is with this once great countries failed judicial system. I would bet my entire savings that these people would feel ALOT DIFFERENT if it was a family member of their own being persecuted like this. It’s sad when we care more for animals then people. Enough said I’ve got my ticket for the signing. I’ll b there wearing my Vick jersey with pride. GO EAGLES!!!!!!

  13. SLICE - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Oh boo-freaking-hoo!!! These guys make more in two to four years then I’ll probably ever make in my career! It’s not my fault if they don’t save/spend wisely!
    And about Vick… I despise people who hurt those who can’t defend themselves (human or animal) but the man DID serve his time folks… Let it go

  14. Riley Cooper - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    “I’ll b there wearing my Vick jersey with pride” Pride from what? A one dimensional QB, that the old Eagles used to dominate every time we played the Falcons, and still can’t read a defense or pride knowing that based on your grammar, you & he have about the same IQ? “ALOT” is 2 words, countries means more than one, it’s country’s and there’s these things called commas, learn how to use them. So you “b” proud Bill Shaffer…..that the educational system & your parents let you down, now get back to flipping burgers your break is over. Oh, and I’m sure your entire life savings has about 2 zeros at the end of it.

    And to all you dopes that say how bad society is now that we care more for animals than humans, just remember, Vick didn’t just run a dog fighting empire, he personally electrocuted, strangled, hung, shot & drowned innocent dogs, that he & his scumbag crew raised to fight. That is not normal DNA, that’s the same genetic make up that serial killers such as John Wayne Gacy & Gary Hiednick had growing up, they started with torturing animals. Just like a man that beats his wife or girlfriend, they never change, that evil always lurks deep inside, whether the go to jail or not, they’re never reformed.

    So you morons that wasted your $49.99 for that vinyl numbered & lettered Vick knockoff jersey, you wear it proud, but know that the majority of normal people out there, look at you and just shake their heads in disgust.

    This team will NEVER win a championship with that bum at QB & a front office filled with clowns that run this team like it’s fantasy football with a $1000 budget.

    • willh888 - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      “ALOT” is 2 words, countries means more than one, it’s country’s and there’s these things called commas, learn how to use them.”


      • David murphy - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:39 PM

        Everyone has something to say. Who cares, he getting paid 10 million dollars this year. Deal with it. I will wear his jersey all around town. Wear your foles and kolb jerseys, you haters. What he did was wrong, but don’t,watch anymore eagles games,if you are against the qb. Nobody cares except for people who just want to bitch. 4years ago and it’s still a topic. You real anger should be directed to the eagles organization not Buffalo Wild Wings!!!!!!!

  15. Kjnyc - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    I swear it’s a bunch of fake animal rights losers.. A washed up mma fighter and a bunch computer gangstas.. Bro nobodies gonna fight you ..NOBODY.. You can threaten people all you like get your life together ! And you paper gangsters move on with your life! The nfl has you need to as well

  16. Kjnyc - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    It’s funny how there so much hate for a dude that funded a illegal sport. ( which he was convicted of not dog fighting) but yet there’s no outrage for the alarming rate our kids are dying in te street over senseless violence if you weirdo animal lovers wannado something note worthy support a cause like your local boys and girls club stop dwelling then and seize now! Was it wrong? Yes did he deserve to be punished ? Yes did he get punished ? Yes now let it go breathe easy and enjoy what u have stop worrying about what some one has

    • Nunya - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      I don’t give a crap about these fatherless children – care about a dog any day!


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