Michael Vick canceled his appearance on Oprah, scheduled to tape and air next week, and there have been a lot of rumors as to why. They all vary slightly but the underlying theme was that Vick found out that Oprah was not going to give him a free pass, and she was planning on digging into this dog fighting past.
While the NFL and sports media seemed to have moved on from Vick’s dog fighting, herpes infecting, steroid using days, Oprah’s audience has probably not.
Vick canceled the interview and released a statement saying, “After careful consideration, I will need to postpone the taping of the Oprah Winfrey interview scheduled for Feb. 22. I admire and respect Oprah and hope to be able to participate in an interview in the future.”
His spokesman Chris Shigas added that “Mike postponed the taping because of the timing of the interview for personal and professional reasons,” but Fox 29 in Philadelphia recently reported that the Philadelphia Eagles had something to do with it.
The Eagles reportedly “voiced objections” to Vick’s appearance on Oprah, and we understand why. The Eagles just put an “exclusive” franchise tag on Vick earlier this week meaning that he’s going to be an Eagle for at least the 2011 season. Now that Vick is an Eagle for the foreseeable future, I’m sure that the team would rather that he lay low than gamble with his reputation on Oprah’s show.
Regardless of whether one thinks Vick wasn’t punished enough or should not have been allowed back on the football field, there is little to be gained by him going on Winfrey’s show so soon after his return. Those who loathe him for what he did won’t be persuaded to think otherwise after an hour on Winfrey’s couch. Those who have moved on don’t need to be given a reason to reassess their opinion.
See the Fox report below.
UPDATE – We got word that Oprah’s show was working on the story with the dogs and rescuers. Apparently she sent film crews to capture their side on the story. Let’s hope she still airs that!