Michael Vick: Why Canceling His Inteview With Oprah Was a Bad Move

Sean ZerilloCorrespondent IIFebruary 16, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks on the field before playing against the Green Bay Packers in the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Just two days after announcing he would appear on the February 24th edition of Oprah, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has cancelled the appearance. 

As of yet, very little information has been released as to why the NFL's 2010 Comeback Player of the Year canned this high-profile interview.

Oprah would have been the most prominent person to publicly speak with Vick since he was jailed 21 months in August of 2007 for his involvement in an interstate dog fighting ring. 

The discussion was expected to center on Vick's time in jail, his work with the Humane Society and his return to the NFL.

As a dog lover herself, surely Oprah also would also have asked Vick some tough questions regarding the dog fighting ring and his involvement in the torture and murder of innocent animals.

If that's why Vick pulled out of the interview, it's a huge mistake on his part. If he has any chance of restoring his reputation and credibility with the American public, he needs to face the music at some point.  

There is no greater stride that someone can make towards repairing their image than to sit on Oprah's couch, hold her hand, and cry.

Now, I'm not saying that Michael Vick needs to bawl on national television, but he does need to make it look like he feels sorry for whatever he did. 

If Vick is truly sorry, then he has to be a man and try to show he has moved on from his past transgressions. Hiding behind his on-field performance and the recent praise he has received from the sports media is not the way to go.

Although vilified by ESPN's talking heads when he initially announced he was planning to return to the NFL, Vick recorded his first 3,000-yard season in 2010, completing 62.6 percent of his passes (career average: 55.3) with 21 touchdowns, six interceptions, 676 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns. 

In their minds, Vick's exemplary performance seems to have erased any notion of his off the field wrongdoings. 

No singular person is more in touch with the modern American woman than Oprah Winfrey. My mother has weeks' worth of Oprah episodes backloaded on DVR and she constantly tries to show me clips from shows that she thinks I would find inspiring.

She'll believe whatever Oprah tells her. 

My mother is also a dog lover, and she considers Michael Vick to be among the worst human beings on the planet.

Due to the misinformation that has been spread regarding Vick's true involvement in the ring, my mother has a far worse perception of him than she probably should. 

Answering Oprah's tough questions and showing he has made an effort to change would have gone a long way towards skewing Michael Vick's perception back in a positive light.

Until he's able to display in a public forum that he's more than a talented football player with a troubled pass, it's going to be tough to root for the guy. 

Oprah Winfrey could have saved Michael Vick's image. Now she has every reason to destroy it. 


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