NFL Player Michael Vick Cancels Book Tour After Death Threats! [Details]
Rucuss staffMarch 12, 2013
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick’s past continues to haunt him.
Vick was forced to cancel a series of book signing dates because of “credible threats,” his book publishers said. The threats result from him serving 18 months in federal prison for his role in running a dogfighting ring. Vick pled guilty to dogfighting charges in 2007. According to court papers in the case, he bankrolled the operation and joined others in killing dogs that didn’t perform well.
Vick was scheduled to sign copies of his autobiography Finally Free, at Barnes & Noble stores in Atlanta, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
“While we stand by Michael Vick’s right to free speech and the retailers’ right to free commerce, we cannot knowingly put anyone in harm’s way, and therefore we must announce the cancellation of Mr. Vick’s book-signing appearances,” said Byron Williamson, president of Worthy Publishing, according to PhillyMag.com. “We’ve been assured these threats of violence, which have been reported to the police, are being taken very seriously by local authorities.”
Vick has tried to change his image since being released from prison in 2009. He has worked with The Humane Society of the United States to speak out against animal cruelty. Vick has also made appearances at schools and spoken to students about the dangers of being involved in dogfighting.
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