Michael Vick spent 19-months in the dog house for running a dog fighting ring and is now a pet owner himself. Rumors began circulating Vick owned a dog after he posted a picture on Twitter at his home with a box of opened dog treats. The Twitpic was deleted, and Vick refused to answers questions at practice on whether he owned a dog or not.
In a statement released by his publicist, the controversial Philadelphia Eagles quarterback said: “I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet,” Vick said in a statement. “As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family.”
During Vick’s probation, he was not allowed to own a dog but has since volunteered for the Human Society and is a speaker against animal cruelty.
Although Michael Vick agreed to go on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the notorious NFL quaterback backed out at the last minute. But it wasn’t Vick who canceled the interview but the Philadelphia Eagles. In the interview, Vick was set to reveal his time in prison and work the the Humane Society. But just a day before the interview was scheduled, the Philadelphia Eagles organization expressed their concern.
Vick released a statement saying: “After careful consideration, I will need to postpone the taping of the Oprah Winfrey interview scheduled for February 22nd. I admire and respect Oprah and hope to be able to participate in an interview in the future.”
Despite the cancellation, I wonder if Piers Morgan still paid Oprah?
It looks like Oprah won that wager… back in January, Oprah and Piers Morgan bet on which interviewer could land the notorious quaterback first, and O won. Michael Vick will appear on The Oprah Winfery Show this Thursday.
The tell-all will cover Vick’s time in prison, his work with the Humane Society and return to the NFL. Te interview with air Feb. 22.
Oprah and new CNN talk show host Piers Morgan have placed a bet on who can land an interview with Michael Vick first. The talk show hosts bet $312 dollars or $200 British pounds in Morgan’s case. A Philadelphia Eagles spokesman confirmed both shows have reached out to the organization in hopes of booking the notorious quarterback. When asked about the bet by the Philadelphia Enquirer Vick said, “I don’t even know who that guy is…If the bet was made, she’ll probably win because I know nothing about that other guy.”
Vick is having a busy off season. The Eagles were knocked out of the playoffs two weeks ago against the Green Bay Packers and is a free agent. After Vick served 18-months in jail for dog fighting, the 30-year old signed a 2-year contract with the Eagles. Despite an MVP caliber season, Vick revealed he is still $20m in debt… maybe Morgan can beat out Oprah the by paying him the $312 winnings.