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The Michael Vick Project: A Reward For Failure?

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Michael Vick speaks out about dog fighting

Philadelphia Eagles star Michael Vick has recently inked a deal with BET, making him the latest in a long line of athletes to score their own show.

Tentatively titled The Michael Vick Project, the eight-part documentary will follow the third-string quarterback as he makes his controversial return to football. The show will also delve into Vick’s life beyond the field, examining his troubled childhood as well as the ramifications of his 2007 arrest for bankrolling a dog fighting ring.

Not surprisingly, a number of people aren’t too pleased that Vick will seemingly be profiting as a result of his role in a heinous crime. PETA spokesman Dan Shannon commented on the issue:

“People who abuse animals don’t deserve to be rewarded. They shouldn’t be given multi million-dollar contracts . . . or given the privilege of being a role model. We don’t believe Michael Vick understands the seriousness of his crime. I think he’s sorry he got caught, but only time will tell if he’s truly remorseful.”

Considering his past actions, is BET justified in giving Vick his own show? Is it possible that he could actually use this platform to do some good and restore his public image?

Look for The Michael Vick Project to hit BET in early 2010.

Image credit: Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

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