Vick Cancels Book Tour After Online Threats
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - "Finally Free" is the title of Michael Vick's new book, but the quarterback isn't free from controversy. The book tells the story of Vick's life as a dog fighter and after. He was supposed to appear at a Pennsylvania Barnes and Noble until people flooded the store's Facebook page with negative comments.
Several rose to the level of violent threats, like "I would go there to slit your throat knowing how you treat animals," "Hope your kids don't fall in a pool with a battery" and "I would snap your neck if I met you."
Vick and his publisher decided to cancel his appearance and all others on the book tour. "I don't understand that type of anger," says Brett Honeycutt. He helped Vick write his book. Honeycutt also works for the Union County company that co-published the story.
Honeycutt says the threats are un-nerving, even for him. "You just never know what people are gonna do," he says.
Vick launched his book tour in Charlotte earlier this month on March 2nd. He appeared at Center Stage in NoDa to a crowd of more than 200. "Everybody was very pleased that he was here," says general manager Ryan Neal. He says there were no issues at Vick's Charlotte appearance, but news of issues elsewhere: "I'm not too surprised. I think a lot of people would have enjoyed seeing him and meeting him and getting everything signed."