Michael Vick was the NFL comeback player of the year. He is known for his immense athletic skills. After a period of prison incarceration for his involvement in a dog fighting operation, the Philadelphia quarterback still has the speed to be elusive and be an offensive threat. The Eagles have placed the franchise tag on Vick.
This is the off-season. However, Michael Vick may have made scrambled and avoided a huge embarrassment. He cancelled a scheduled appearance on Oprah Winfrey's talk show.
The Vick appearance has stirred the interest of many in the dog community. There are people who associate Michael Vick primarily with the cruelty inflicted upon dogs. An example of the anticipation of Michael Vick's scheduled appearance is the open letter to Oprah from Leslie Smith, the Editor at DogTime:
"... When he says he lost everything in prison, ask him if he thinks those 19 months behind bars were worse than the years of intense and prolonged torture his Pit Bulls endured. Ask him if having a warm bed to sleep in, adequate medical care, and the knowledge of an expiration date on his sentence are comparable to life attached to a chain, receiving no medical attention after having your legs broken and jaw dislocated, and ultimately being electrocuted."
There is a universal demographic that cuts across political affiliations, age, gender, economic status and so forth. The people who love dogs are simply passionate and unabashedly protective of canines. Dog food manufacturers, for example, were staggered by the vehemence of dog owners when it was found that dog food was contaminated by poisonous melamine. Some manufacturers struggled to remain viable. Dog owners were incensed.
Oprah is well known for her passion for dogs. She has appeared on the cover of her magazine with dogs. Her audience knew when one of her dogs was ill. Ms Winfrey's international following had a collective feel-good moment when she acquired two lovable springer spaniel puppies for a recent birthday. Ms Winfrey introduced the two pups, Sunny and Lauren
, on her show. The puppies were a rescue from a Chicago shelter.
There is no doubt that Ms Winfrey is a 'dog person'.
Michael Vick may have been prudent to cancel. Imagine if Ms Winfrey had focused on the dog fighting operation. Her emotions would have surfaced. Her audience would have understood her passion. Michael Vick would have been "sacked" by an experienced, beloved interviewer, one who is well known for her love of dogs.
In comparison to any possible gains that an appearance on the show may have garnered for Michael Vick, the dangers were so much greater. Michael Vick does not want to be known for upsetting Oprah. It was wise of Michael Vick to fear Ms Winfrey. She is one of those passionate 'dog people', with an international audience of millions of devoted fans. Michael Vick, or one of his management team, recognized the enormous risks.
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