Troubled NFL star Michael VIck, who spent 18 months in prison for running a dogfighting ring, has been given his own reality show.
‘The Michael Vick Project,’ airing on BET in 2010, will focus on the quarterback’s turbulent childhood and controversial 2007 arrest. The series will be partly produced by Mv7 Productions, Vick’s production company. It will consist of 8 parts.
“I just want people to really get to know me as an individual,” Vick said to reporters last week. “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.”
The show has already met with detractors, namely from animal rights activists.
“People who abuse animals don’t deserve to be rewarded,” said PETA’s Dan Shannon. “They shouldn’t be given multimillion-dollar contracts . . . or given the privilege of being a role model.”
Vick was nabbed in 2007 for running dogfights in his home in Virginia. His operation was found to conduct dog executions, torture by electrocution and drowning, and other forms of animal abuse. As a result of the charges, the NFL suspended the Atlanta Falcons star without pay.
In 2009 he was reinstated and joined the Philadelphia Eagles.