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Old 03-12-2013, 01:48 PM   #1
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Michael Vick Cancels Book Tour Because of Threats

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is promoting his new autobiography, "Finally Free."

The NFL quarterback spent about 18 months in prison for dogfighting
Since getting out of prison he has tried to rebuild his career and image
(CNN) -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick canceled a series of book signing dates because of "credible threats," his book publishers said.

"Despite warnings of planned protests, Vick had hoped to continue with the appearances as planned, bringing his story of redemption and second chance to major markets," said Worthy Publishing, a Tennessee-based Christian publishing company. "However, once the reported protests escalated into threats of violence against the retailers, Worthy Publishing, Vick and his family, decided to cancel the events."

Vick, who spent about 18 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to dogfighting charges in 2007, has been trying to turn his life and his image around in recent years.
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In September, he continued his rehabilitation campaign by donating about $200,000 for a new football field for a Philadelphia inner-city youth football team. At the time, Vick said the donation was a gift to the City of Brotherly Love for embracing him after the Eagles signed him following his release from prison.
But not all have embraced the new Michael Vick.

The quarterback was set to promote his new autobiography "Finally Free," but had to cancel upcoming dates across the country after threats to Barnes & Noble Booksellers and an independent bookstore in New Jersey.

"It is disturbing that a few extremists would threaten Vick's family and store employees," said Vick's spokesman Chris Shigas. "Michael Vick has millions of fans and has countless letters from teachers thanking him for inspiring students to make positive change."

Last year, Vick announced he had gotten a dog for his family in an effort to show his children how to have a healthy relationship with animals.
"This is an opportunity to break the cycle," Vick said in a statement in October. "To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change.
Book Tour? I didn't know he could read.
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I don't condone animal cruelty but some people just need to move on. That or get a job.
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So we should make a thread!

And OP - Don't be a biggot. Racism isn't cool. And before you say "how is it racist?" RIDDLE ME THIS: what about Michael Vick would make you think he didn't know how to read? His ability to play a sport at a level that you couldn't fathom or his bankroll that would make yours look like a joke? The amount of reading, memory use and general knowledge that goes into doing what he does more than likely shames you and your work in a bizarre way.

Make a thread about that.

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I don't condone animal cruelty but some people just need to move on. That or get a job.
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I don't condone animal cruelty but some people just need to move on. That or get a job.
agreed. People care more about animal cruelty then they do about drunk drivers killing people. The nfl has about 3 of them.
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True story

Vick contacted my family a few months before the whole dog fighting thing went down. He was interested in a few horses we had online for sale, he said he wanted them for his ranch in Virginia. He said he just wanted them for fun, just for them to kick around and look nice. He contacted us via email, and oh my god was his English atrocious. Terrible punctuation, too many misspelled words to count.

We agreed on a price, he mailed us a cheque, along with a signed football. We received the cheque but agreed not to cash it until one of the horses was ready to ship as it just recently had a baby. Before we shipped the horses the whole dog fighting thing became big news. Just so happened it was at the very ranch we were about to ship the horses to.

Obviously we never shipped the horses, we also never cashed the cheque. Unfortunately we shredded the cheque but we still have the football. I wish we kept the cheque, I should have framed it or something.
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True story

Vick contacted my family a few months before the whole dog fighting thing went down. He was interested in a few horses we had online for sale, he said he wanted them for his ranch in Virginia. He said he just wanted them for fun, just for them to kick around and look nice. He contacted us via email, and oh my god was his English atrocious. Terrible punctuation, too many misspelled words to count.

We agreed on a price, he mailed us a cheque, along with a signed football. We received the cheque but agreed not to cash it until one of the horses was ready to ship as it just recently had a baby. Before we shipped the horses the whole dog fighting thing became big news. Just so happened it was at the very ranch we were about to ship the horses to.

Obviously we never shipped the horses, we also never cashed the cheque. Unfortunately we shredded the cheque but we still have the football. I wish we kept the cheque, I should have framed it or something.
Pictures of check or it didn't happen
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But Chris and Rihanna shouldn't ever be forgotten?

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If he would have gotten shanked in prison, we wouldn't be having this discussion.

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you don't go from being a dog murderer to a good citizen after a brief stint in prison. sorry. if that worked, we'd have less prisoners.
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So we should make a thread!

And OP - Don't be a biggot. Racism isn't cool. And before you say "how is it racist?" RIDDLE ME THIS: what about Michael Vick would make you think he didn't know how to read? His ability to play a sport at a level that you couldn't fathom or his bankroll that would make yours look like a joke? The amount of reading, memory use and general knowledge that goes into doing what he does more than likely shames you and your work in a bizarre way.

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Relax Dude. I'm the same colour as the man in my sig and Vick. You don't understand sarcasm i see.
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I've murdered a ton of birds in cold blood but I think I'm still a decent citizen...
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I've murdered a ton of birds in cold blood but I think I'm still a decent citizen...
I've murdered countless babies (nothing like 'em on the grill with some BBQ sauce!) and I turned out alright.
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Nobody said he was a good citizen. But threatening him with death seems a little excessive to me. Threatening his family and store employees is completely unacceptable.
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The man did his time and made reparations. Trying to change him to his core is too much to ask imo; even if he still may not particularly care about animals, it's good enough that he knows better than to do something like this again, and that he probably won't do this again. The difference between him and Chris Brown, like another poster has mentioned, is that Breezy obviously hasn't learned a thing. He still lashes out, loses his temper, and he's really just a tantrum away from beating Rihanna's face in again.
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