SCLC: “We never said that.”

They won’t honor Vick after all.

Last week, SCLC President Charles Steele told AJC reporters that the civil rights organization would honor and recognize the embattled Falcons quarterback who is under federal indictment on dogfighting charges.

“We need to support him no matter what the evidence reveals,” Steele said before the convention began, adding that his organization was focusing on Vick’s redemption.

So far the convention, which began Friday and ends Wednesday, has had no special event for Vick.

And on Monday, shortly before former President Bill Clinton was to address the convention, Stokes insisted that Steele never had any intention of honoring the quarterback, who is now banned from training with the team.

“He was just reiterating the support for Michael Vick … that he was innocent until proven guilty,” Stokes said.

State Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta), however, said Steele called him last week to talk about honoring Vick. Brooks, a lifetime SCLC member, said he counseled against it.


  1. bowersville says:

    Give me a break. Innocent until proven guilty is a standard for the government, not individual thought.

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