Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick has cancelled several book signings this week and next due to several death threats against him and his family.
Vick was planning on signing copies of his autobiography, Finally Free, in New Jersey, Philadelphia and Atlanta but after the signing became publicized many people begin to send threatening messages about Vick and his family. “I would go there to slit your throat knowing how you treat animals”, “hope your kids don’t fall in a pool with a battery” and “I would snap your neck if I met you” were among some of the comments.
“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,” Byron Williamson, president of Worthy Publishing, told 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 served 21 months in prison on animal abuse charges for his role in a dog fighting ring. After his release Vick was picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles and has been their quarterback for the past four seasons.
Around 1,000 people had RSVP’d to attend Saturday’s signing in Atlanta. Vick planned on donating NIKE gear to a local VFW during his signing in Exton on the 26th. His team is working on the details to move forward with the donation.
“Michael Vick has millions of fans and has countless letters from teachers thanking him for inspiring students to make positive changes,” said Chris Shigas with Vick’s long-time PR firm French/West/Vaughan. “It is disturbing that a few extremists would threaten Vick’s family and store employees.”
When are we going to get pass the past and let Michael Vick live his life in peace? How are long are we going to continue to crucify this man for the same crime over and over again? Seriously, it’s getting a bit old. Now to threaten him and his family is cowardly and uncalled for…let’s move on.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,