*Despite Michael Vick’s dark past, Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway presented the Eagles quarterback with a key to the city of Dallas. However, Mayor Tom Leppert denies any approval of the gift.

“The action taken was not sanctioned by my office and was not an official ceremonial honor on behalf of the city of Dallas,” he said.

The mayor added that “official keys to the city” are presented by the mayor or an elected official designated by the mayor and are reserved for “an elected official of international status.”

“Clearly, this was not the case in this situation and one without my knowledge or approval,” he said. The mayor also expressed his regards to those who may have been offended by the move and to those who were saddened for honoring a convicted felon and animal abuser.

He acknowledged Vick’s past but noted that “since making some bad choices, Michael Vick has devoted time to speaking to children about staying in school staying away from drugs, making positive choices about picking friends and the importance of education. That was the focus of the event.”

Hmm, it would seem that Mayor Pro Tem Caraway has got some ‘splainin’ to do. We also wonder about his chances for re-election as well.