Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Vick is and will probably always remain one of the most controversial figures in the public arena, not just in sports. As such, it comes as no surprise that the release of his autobiography, Finally Free and book tour surrounding the work has garnered harsh criticism after his past involvement with dog fighting. But after the NFL star received threats of violence via social media, Vick and Barnes and Noble bookstores announced that his schedule of signings in Atlanta, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have been canceled.
According to Worthy Publishing, the book’s publisher, they support Vick and his work about his life, including his time in prison for dog fighting and continuing fight to rebuild his lie and public image. However, they don’t want to put innocent bystanders in harm’s way.
Said Byron Williamson, the publisher’s president,
“While we stand by Michael Vick‘s right to free speech and the retailers’ right to free commerce, we cannot knowingly...