February 8, 2011 by USA Post
Dwaine Caraway, (AP) – The mayor of Dallas says he did not sanction giving a quarter of the Philadelphia Eagles Michael Vick a “Key to the City.” Vick has won The Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year last season, his second in the NFL since his post 18 months in prison for running a dogfighting operation. Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway featured on the button during a ceremony in Dallas last week.
In a statement released Monday, Mayor Tom Leppert his distance from the donation. “The measures taken have not been sanctioned by my office and was not an honor ceremony on behalf of the City of Dallas,” he said.
He said the mayor presents “key official of the city” or an elected official appointed by the mayor and is reserved for “an elected official international status.”
“Clearly, this was not the case in this situation and without my knowledge or approval,” he said.
In its own statement, Caraway said the key was “ceremonial.”
“These gifts are different ceremonial key official of the city presented by the mayor,” he said.
As for the honor of a convicted felon, Caraway said, “I care deeply about animals” and “deeply regrets offending anyone who loves animals.”
He acknowledged past Vick, but noted, “Since he made bad choices, Michael Vick has spent considerable time talking to children stay in school to stay away from drugs, to make positive choices about friends gathering and the importance of education. This has been the subject of the event. ”
Leppert said he has asked the city manager to propose guidelines to avoid this situation in the future. Caraway said he would welcome a clarification of the guidelines. ”
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