Michael Vick will not meet with fans and sign his new book after he and his family received credible threats on their lives.
As Tim McManus of Philadelphia magazine reports, the Eagles signal-caller was forced to cancel a recent book signing after a few awful, graphic death threats came to light.
The quarterback was scheduled to sign copies of his book, Michael Vick: Finally Free, at an Atlanta Barnes & Noble this Saturday. Instead, Vick's publisher thought better of it following threats against Vick and his children.
Here are just a few examples of the threats (h/t Philadelphia):
“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.”
“I would snap your neck if I met you, your [sic] a piece of trash.”
As noted, the book covers Vick's 19-month prison stay for his part in a dog-fighting ring and animal cruelty. However, even though he did the time, such acts do not wash away so easily in the eyes of many fans.
As the report notes, "The bookstore’s Facebook page has been flooded with comments protesting the appearances. The same is true for Vick’s fan page."
And this is how sane people express their discomfort: They write and peacefully protest. One good show of First Amendment rights deserves another, after all.
What you don't do, and what is completely unforgivable, is threaten another human being and his children.
I understand that there are those who will use this as a forum to once again vilify Vick. Again, there's no doubting his crimes were horrendous and deserving of a prison sentence.
Joe Mason of PhillyBurbs.com says it's hard to feel sorry for Vick, even after egregious death threats against him and his family. While Mason in no way condones such awful threats, he says that such things are to be expected.
I am not willing to shrug my shoulders so nonchalantly.
While I am not here to ask you to empathize with Vick, I would suggest we not threaten to kill him, or anyone for that matter.
It seems like a common-sense plea that really shouldn't need a request.
Vick did something awful. You all can certainly dislike him, protest his fame and even speak out against his fame post-prison. Such things are your right.
Death threats, however, are never justified.
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