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Barnes and Noble cancels Michael Vick’s Book Signing Tour

Ironic that the title of Vick’s book was Finally Free which was scheduled to release at Barnes & Noble with his book signings.  He really thought we’d forget? I don’t know what he thought that title meant (I really never will as I will not purchase the book and don’t really plan on talking to someone who would).

But if he thought he did his time and was free of criticism, he was wrong.

His book signing was cancelled by Barnes & Noble did not go as planned.  In fact, it was cancelled all together.  Facebook has seen a spike in Anti-Vick sentiment since the book came out.  Apparently there were some threats to his safety.

I’d like to comment on a few quotes I saw out there.

“Vick served 18 months in federal prison for his role in running the dogfighting ring.”  Yes he did, but a single day for torturing or killing dogs.

“Will people ever let this go?”  Not me

“While there will always be staunch animal lovers who will never forgive Vick’s role in running a dogfighting ring, he has been largely embraced in Philadelphia.”  I have one more bad thing to say about people from Philadelphia now.

“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”  If only his dogs were under the protection of Barnes & Noble.

“Give the man a break.  And yes, I say this as a dog lover…”  No, you’re not.

“Shigas (Vick spokesman Chris Shigas) called the threats, first reported by Tim McManus on Phillymag.com, “very disturbing.”  Imagine that.  Are his actions of torturing and killing dogs disturbing to you Mr. Shigas?

“We understand that a lot of people out there will never forgive him,” Shigas said. “But at what point do we say a line has been crossed?”  I really don’t know where many of us put that line.

“Vick recently signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Eagles after a rough 2012 season that was plagued by turnovers and injuries.”  Yes, I really can’t feel bad for you in any way.

Michael Vick served his time and has made various financial amends.” He never did time for killing and torturing dogs, which was the crime that really offends people.

“However, many will never forgive Vick for what he did to those canines; reportedly hanging or drowning six to eight dogs.”  This isn’t reportedly, he did admit killing dogs, just plead that out of his sentence.

Bark Away!