PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 11: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles gestures to fans after a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on October 11, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
The NFL and Michael Vick have moved on from Vick’s dog fighting days, but many fans have not forgotten, and they’re making sure their voices are heard.
The bookstore chain Barnes & Noble scheduled a series of books signings where Vick would make appearances in Atlanta, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Barnes & Noble announced Monday that they were canceling all of Vick’s scheduled signings because of threats of violence made toward the Eagles quarterback.
“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,” Byron Williamson, president of Worthy Publishing, told Phillymag.com. “We’ve been assured these threats of violence, which have been reported to the police, are being taken very seriously by local authorities.”
After serving his 19-month sentence, the former Virginia Tech standout has certainly turned his life around. Vick has been a driving force in the community off the field — which should be enough for fans to see he made a mistake, and paid for it. But some fans, apparently, won’t ever let him forget.