Michael Vick’s Death Threats Forces Him To Cancel Book Tour
A book tour for Philadelphia Eagles star Michael Vick has been canceled due to death threats against him for his well-known involvement in a dogfighting ring, according to USA Today.
The four-time pro bowl quarterback was set to sign copies of his autobiography Finally Free at Barnes & Noble stores in Atlanta, New Jersey and Pennsylvania but with knowledge of “credible threats,” Worthy Publishing found it impossible to move forward with the events.
“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. “We’ve been assured these threats of violence, which have been reported to the police, are being taken very seriously by local authorities.”
While specific details of the threats have not been released, the publishing company confirmed they were extended to retailers, their business, Vick and his family.
After serving 18 months for owning and operating the dogfighting ring and an additional two months of house arrest, Vick was banned from owning a dog during a three-year probationary period. Since his release in 2009, the 32-year-old athlete has worked with The Humane Society of the United States to raise awareness about animal cruelty.