There are now two actions prompted by a Michael Vick appearance amongst the general, non-football public. There’s either an outbreak of squirming and the urge to take a shower, or the unloading of praise for a criminal justice system that’s rehabilitated a man capable of committing disgusting acts to an innocent animal.
The space in between doesn’t exist. It is a vast, blank nothingness, with the two extremes divided so intensely that any intelligent conversation about Vick in a forum meant to encourage and promote positive discourse is impossible. Vick must know this, which is why it was somewhat surprising earlier this week when he agreed to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show in a taping set to air next Thursday.
So it’s not surprising that he abruptly postponed the interview Wednesday afternoon.
The cancellation has been confirmed by both Vick and Oprah, with Vick citing the “timing of the interview for personal and professional reasons” in a public statement. He didn’t rule out a future appearance on the show.
“After careful consideration, I will need to postpone the taping of the Oprah Winfrey interview scheduled for February 22. I admire and respect Oprah and hope to be able to participate in an interview in the future.”
Vick speaks regularly on behalf of the Humane Society in addition to giving frequent speeches at elementary schools, telling students how to avoid the path he took that ended in a gruesome dog-fighting ring and 18-months in jail. He appeared on 60 Minutes shortly after being released from prison and was grilled by James Brown, and just this past December he had some candid comments during an NBC viral video.
The nerve touched whenever a crime involves an animal is so deep that there will still be people crusading against Vick, and saying he’s dodging the spotlight with this postponement. They’ll say this was another chance to win over the naysayers, and explain the positive track his life is chugging along now.
Those voices won’t ever go away, no matter how much Vick talks, or what he says. Actions have always spoken louder than words, and Vick doesn’t need to repeat answers to questions that have already been asked to continue his rehabilitation.
He doesn’t need Oprah.