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SBD/Issue 19/Sports Media
Vick, BET Partnering On Series Profiling His Past, Return To NFL
Published October 8, 2009
|Series Will Examine Vick's
Comeback And Past
FOCUSING ON FOOTBALL RIGHT NOW: In Philadelphia, Les Bowen reports Vick yesterday clarified that the documentary is "not currently filming." Vick: "It's on the back burner. ... I've got to play football right now." Vick added, "We haven't been shooting lately, but it's something we've been doing since I was in prison, through the bankruptcy -- it was all out then, that I was doing it. As the season goes on, I won't have time for it, but hopefully, sometime in 2010, we'll be able to pick up where we left off" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 10/8). ESPN.com's Jackie MacMullan said, "I wonder how Roger Goodell feels about this. I don't think this is what he meant by community service. I think he was supposed to be going out there and keeping a low profile and improving his image" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 10/7).
REAX: Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard said, "This is exactly what he needs to do." Le Batard: "Show people another side." But ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said the program is an "ill-advised move." Kornheiser: "It would be terrible if Michael Vick had some behavioral lapse on television that made it seem like he shouldn't even be in the league. I think you hold back on this for a year or so" ("PTI," ESPN, 10/7). Meanwhile, MSNBC.com's Courtney Hazlett predicted the series will be a "fantastic success at least from a viewership standpoint." Hazlett: "There are a number of Vick fans out there who will watch for the simple reason that in the privacy of your own living room, you’re not judged for supporting a football player who preferred dogs engaged in bloodsport over dogs engaged in games of fetch" (MSNBC.com, 10/7).