Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles back-up QB and canine bloodsport aficionado, will see his post-prison life documented in an upcoming reality show. Which is great if you were looking for life lessons from a guy who managed to piss away the potential to be one of the great athletes of his generation:
Michael Vick’s return to the NFL on Sept. 27 wasn’t exactly the storybook finish to a redemption story, but the media storm around his first game with the Philadelphia Eagles was enough to suggest people are still interested in the convicted dog fighter.
And so it is that BET (Black Entertainment Television) will air an eight-part “docu-series” on Vick’s post-prison life.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the series, which airs in 2010, won’t gloss over his arrest and imprisonment, but Vick hopes it will change the public’s perception of him anyway.
“I just want people to really get to know me as an individual,” Vick told the Times. “What I want to do is change the perception of me. I am a human being. I’ve made some mistakes in the past, and I wish it had never happened. But it’s not about how you fall, but about how you pick yourself up.”
When several of the pit bulls Vick abused and tortured were asked why they were taking so long to pick themselves up, they could merely offer some whimperings before returning to their electroshock-induced convulsions. Disappointing. This obviously speaks volumes to their character.