Report: Michael Vick book tour halted
PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick’s book-signing tour has been canceled because of threats against him for running a dogfighting ring.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback was scheduled to sign copies of his autobiography “Finally Free,” at Barnes & Noble stores in Atlanta, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The March 26 appearance set for Exton, Pa., was listed as canceled on the company’s website.
A person with knowledge of the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, told The Associated Press the signings were scrapped because of threats against Vick and store employees. Vick served 18 months in federal prison for his role in running the dogfighting ring. According to court papers in the cases of Vick and his codefendants, Vick bankrolled the operation and joined others in killing dogs that didn’t perform well.
Byron Williamson, president of Worthy Publishing, tells Phillymag.com that “we cannot knowingly put anyone in harm’s way, and therefore we must announce the cancellation of Mr. Vick’s book-signing appearances.” Williamson says the threats of violence have been reported to the police.
This story is fishier than Mike Trout’s new contract. (Rimshot)
Who would want to issue threats against Michael Vick and the bookstores that were scheduled to host his book tour? The kind of people who are upset that Michael Vick was the impresario of a dog fighting ring don’t strike me as these kind of goons.
I think there are two better theories on why this tour was canceled: One, the publisher (Worthy Publishing, a Christian house based in Nashville) is worried about low/no turnout. Two, the publisher and/or the venues are worried that Michael Vick’s presence at these bookstores would result in mahogany mobs.
Or, maybe what they’re really worried about is that people are buying the book thinking they’re getting real book length material. But when they really got a picture book written on a first grade reading level (author: Michael Vick), they’ll storm the Vick appearances demanding rebates and complaining that they’ll never get the three minutes it took them to read his book back.
Since his release from prison in 2009, Vick has worked with The Humane Society of the United States to speak out against animal cruelty. He had made appearances at schools and spoken to students about the dangers of being involved in dogfighting.
This is not a well known fact. But I know for a fact that the Philadelphia Eagles pretty much bribed (paid off) the HSUS to drop any opposition it might have had to Vick signing with the Eagles after he got out of prison and also to drop their opposition to Vick wanting to own dogs. I’m sure this Vick/HSUS PR campaign is largely and silently funded by the Eagles.