Michael Vick And The Tell-All Book Problem
After he could do no wrong in the promising beginning of his career, Michael Vick ended up fighting prison time, debt, and countless other issues to return to the NFL. In the time since, he’s remained a starting quarterback even though his Philadelphia Eagles have failed to impress and are looking for a resurgence.
That said, Vick has a new issue to deal with. His ex-girlfriend and mother of one of his children is attempting to write a tell-all book about the star quarterback and the ‘secrets’ that he revealed to her.
Not only does the woman want to release the book, but she wants the public to fund it via Kickstarter, a website by which people find funding for various types of project ideas. She has since released excerpts and alleged letters from Vick to her, although the letters are unsigned and some of them have parts redacted. Can an author really be considered ‘telling all’ if she leaves some things blacked out?
Here’s an excerpt from her sales pitch on Kickstarter.
The story is a personal account of the author’s true life experiences and relationship with a loved and hated NFL Quarterback. The secrets are personal and revealing them to the public will be a major step that will include a moral compass for the writer. All of the content is owned by the writer and therefore will not be a problem legally. The media will more than likely have a field day with this novel once it is written and the secrets of this Quarterback are made public knowledge.
Reason #1 that you shouldn’t fund or buy this book: “the author” can’t write. She refers to Michael Vick as a “loved and hated” football player. Perhaps polarizing would’ve been a better way to describe him? She also says that revealing the secrets will “include a moral compass for the writer.”
Maybe she meant that choosing to reveal the secrets will present a moral dilemma? There was absolutely no reason to write this at all because she has clearly already made her choice concerning the dilemma by even attempting to get the book funded on Kickstarter in the first place.
Here’s the issue. We’ve reached a point in our society that we will do anything, even things that jeopardize the relationships our children can have with their fathers and the reputations of those that we care about (or did at some point) for money and fame.
Regardless of the situation between her and Vick, this is still her child’s father. Attacking him in such a personal way does not in any way help her son and could well lead to some form of estrangement (assuming there is a relationship between them now).
There is absolutely no honor in that, no matter what anyone says.
I personally blame Superhead.