- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Michael Vick, known as much for his 18 months imprisonment on dogfighting charges as his quarterback role with the Philadelphia Eagles, has canceled his book tour over threats to his safety.

Mr. Vick pleaded guilty to dogfighting charges in 2007. Following an 18-month stint in federal prison, he’s been trying to bolster his image. He’s given $200,000 for a Philadelphia youth football team that benefits inner-city youth. He’s bought a dog for his family so his children learn how to interact in a loving way with animals. And he’s written a book — published by a Christian publisher — about the power of redemption.

He had hoped to kick off that book with a speaking tour in the nation’s major market areas. But those plans have been shuttered, CNN reports. He’s receive “credible threats” to his safety, the book publisher said.

“Despite warnings of planned protests, Vick had hoped to continue with the appearances as planned, bringing his story of redemption and second chances to major markets,” said Worthy Publishing, as quoted by CNN. “However, once the reported protests escalated into threats of violence against the retailers, Worthy Publishing, Vick and his family, decided to cancel the events.”