"Michael Vick's long road to redemption continues," said Robert Dominguez in the New York Daily News. Just a couple weeks after returning to the NFL after "serving time for his infamous dog-abuse conviction," the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is already "set to star in a TV series documenting his troubled life." The docudrama, tentatively titled The Michael Vick Project, is scheduled to air next year on BET, and it's "no surprise" that "animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has already denounced the series."
"You had to know something like this was coming," said Jen Wielgus in PhillyBurbs.com. "Vick's story is TV gold," and "I won't be shocked when they make a movie about him." But the Michael Vick Project is likely to be "a moving, talking press release," an "attempt to humanize a guy many people find inhumane," and that bothers me—a series about what Vick did doesn't deserve to be "even remotely objective."
What is the lesson to be learned from Vick's experience? said Yahoo! Sports. "Screw up, go to jail, get out, and then rely on your enormous athletic ability to get the Philadelphia Eagles to give you a million dollars" and score a reality TV series? "Most ex-cons won't sell a lot of jerseys with their name on the back of them." But maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised. "I'm intrigued. I'm in. I'll set my DVR for this."
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