Michael Vick Cancels Book Tour Because of Death Threats
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has canceled his highly-anticipated book-signing tour because of death threats he received over the past few days.
Vick was scheduled to appear at various Barnes & Noble stores in New Jersey, Atlanta and Pennsylvania this week; however, in light of threats made against his life, the 32-year-old opted to officially skip the Pennsylvania signing, and will soon announce that he is scrapping the rest as well.
According to the Associates Press, the threats indicated that store employees would be harmed if Vick made his scheduled stops.
Vick famously served 18 months in federal prison for running a dogfighting ring. He reportedly financially sponsored the endeavor and personally participated in the proceedings.
Byron Williamson, president of Worthy Publishing, told Phillymag.com that "we cannot knowingly put anyone in harm's way, and therefore we must announce the cancellation of Mr. Vick's book-signing appearances."
After being released from prison, Vick worked with numerous organizations in an effort to speak out against animal cruelty and the dangers of dogfighting.