Michael Vick has canceled his spring book tour after receiving threats related to his history with a dogfighting ring.
The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback called off a March 26 appearance at a Barnes & Noble in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he was to sign copies of his book Finally Free. A person close to the situation said that Michael Vick received threats, as did employees of the store.
“We cannot knowingly put anyone in harm’s way, and therefore we must announce the cancellation of Mr. Vick’s book-signing appearances,” Byron Williamson, president of Worthy Publishing, told Phillymag.com.
Michael Vick was convicted of running a dogfighting ring — financing the operation and killing dogs that did not perform well enough — and served 18 months in federal prison.
Since his release from prison Michael Vick has worked hard on a comeback, both on and off the field. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, leading the team to the playoffs and getting a $100 million extension. Vick also paired up with former NFL coach and mentor Tony Dungy, who helped keep him on the right track.
Michael Vick has even worked with The Humane Society of the United States to speak out against animal cruelty.
Because of the focus he put on his career and rehabilitation, Vick has been largely embraced by Eagles fans. Michael Vick now has a dog again, a Belgian Malinois named Angel.
“I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet,” Vick said. “As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals.
“I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family.”
The threats against Michael Vick that caused him to cancel his book tour have been reported to police.