Syracuse (WSYR-TV/CNN) – Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has canceled his book-signing tour after receiving what his publisher described as “credible threats.”
The Virginia Tech product who spent 18 months in prison for his role in a dog-fighting ring has been trying to rehabilitate his image since his release from prison.
The quarterback, who admitted in 2007 that he participated in the destruction of six to eight dogs by hanging or drowning while financing "Bad Newz Kennels," has largely been embraced in the city of Philadelphia.
He initially planned a number of stops at Barnes & Noble stores and an independent bookstore in New Jersey to support his autobiography “Finally Free.”
According to CNN, however, the publishers say they were aware of “planned protests” at Vick appearances.
Tennessee-based Christian publisher Worthy Publishing says that such reports “escalated into threats of violence against the retailers, Worthy Publishing, Vick and his family,” prompting the company to cancel the tour.