Published September 14, 2007
WASHINGTON – A television writer and producer paid $10,200 for what an animal rights group said are notes from football star Michael Vick's speech apologizing for a dogfighting scandal.
Carol Leifer made the winning bid for the notes sold by the Humane Society of the United States. Leifer is a writer and co-executive producer of Rules of Engagement, a CBS comedy.
The eBay auction that began Sept. 4 ended on Friday.
"Michael Vick ironically never made the most important apology — the one to the animals themselves," Leifer said in an e-mail to the Humane Society of the United States.
Vick's attorneys have said Vick did not write the notes, but declined to say whether an attorney or adviser wrote them for him.
All proceeds will be used for the group's efforts against dogfighting, said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States.
The group said one of its employees found the notes when he retrieved his microphone from the hotel podium where Vick delivered his apology Aug. 27.