Michael Vick’s Book Tour Canceled Due to Threats of Violence

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback’s book tour has been canceled due to threats against him for running a dogfighting ring.

[He] was scheduled to sign copies of his autobiography ''Finally Free'' at Barnes & Noble stores in Atlanta, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The March 26 appearance set for Exton, Pa., was listed as canceled on the company's website.

A person with knowledge of the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, told The Associated Press the signings were scrapped because of threats against Vick and store employees. Vick served 18 months in federal prison for his role in running the dogfighting ring. According to court papers in the cases of Vick and his codefendants, Vick bankrolled the operation and joined others in killing dogs that didn't perform well.

Byron Williamson, president of Worthy Publishing, tells Phillymag.com that ''we cannot knowingly put anyone in harm's way, and therefore we must announce the cancellation of Mr. Vick's book-signing appearances.'' Williamson says the threats of violence have been reported to the police.

Since being released from prison in 2009, Vick has tireless worked to rehab his image.

Not hard enough for some, I guess.

[H/T: AP]