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(Newport News, VA) — The Michael Vick community celebration scheduled for this Saturday in his hometown of Newport News, Virginia has been postponed. According to the “Daily Press,” organizers say Vick has a conflict with an event in Atlanta that he’s doing with the Humane Society and the Virginia event has been postponed “indefinitely.” The former Virginia Tech and Atlanta Falcons quarterback played high school ball in Newport News.

The hometown event was supposed to be Vick’s first public event since being released from prison on charges related to dogfighting. Andrew Shannon, president of the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said he decided to postpone his event after a telephone conversation with Vick on Monday. Shannon said he was notified about the possible conflict on Sunday as the story about the Newport News celebration received national publicity. He says a new date for the event has not been set. One of the stipulations in Vick’s conditional reinstatement to the National Football League is that he partner with an animal rights group.

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