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‘Michael Vick Project’ debuting Tuesday on BET

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Michael Vick has become a bit of a weary topic for Atlantans. For years, we’ve been debating his football career, his dogfighting charges, the circus surrounding both and his jail sentence. Should he be forgiven? Is he truly contrite? Can he become even a shadow of the player he was when he first started with the Falcons?

After a low-key year as a third-string quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles, he is still working to build back his reputation and his tattered career. Part of that process is BET’s “The Michael Vick Project,” a ten-part docu-reality show which debuts at 10 p.m Tuesday.

I received an advance copy of the first 30 minutes this past Saturday.

“From darkness, he saw the light,” the narrator intones in the beginning. “Blessed with a second chance, he must once again rise above to heal his family, his community, his legacy.”

“I’m Michael Vick,” he says. “My fall from grace was tragic. But it was all my fault. And I’m on a mission to get it all back. Not the money and fame but to restore my family’s good name.”

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Vick told the New York Times recently that he doesn’t expect people who already hate him to change their mind or even bother to watch the show. But he hopes to be a positive example to kids who see him as a person who is trying to redeem himself.

He opens the first episode talking about how rough it was to grow up in the rough part of Newport News, Va. He flew to his childhood home. He recounts his young life and how he got into football in a few broad strokes. We see video of him as a child and at Virginia Tech, where he shone. “College football was so easy,” he said. “I needed more challenge.” So he quickly entered the NFL.

“Draft day was the greatest day of my life,” Vick said. He was the first black quartertback to be named first in the draft.

Once with the Falcons, he readily admits he began living a “double life.” Indeed, he separated his football life from his childhood love for dogfighting. He said he started watching dogfighting at age 7. His brother Marcus confirmed it. “We never knew there was nothing wrong with it,” his brother said.

Vick showed where he did dogfighting as a child. ”I really took to it. I was intrigued by it. I gravitated to it,” he said.

“He was living two sides,” his brother Marcus said. “At the time off the field, he had a dark side to him.”

He started “Bad Newz Kennels” in Surry County, Va., where he purchased 15 acres for $34,000. “I figured I had the money and had the land,” he said. “We could do it discreet.” He built a house on the property. “It was for all the guys I was around,” mostly childhood friends, he said.

Vick would fly home from Atlanta every Tuesday to check on his dogs and fight the dogs. By not telling his football colleagues or bosses about it, clearly he knew what he was doing was wrong. But he did it anyway.

In 2004, he signed a ten-year deal with the Falcons and was awash in money. He said he enjoyed the lifestyle and so did his family. (Interestingly, the NFL and the Falcons did not clear footage so there is no video of him playing professional football, including the game in December when he scored a touchdown at the Georgia Dome as an Eagle. ESPN did clear footage of news reports, though.)

At the same time, his dogfighting operation was growing by leaps and bounds, from 20 to 68 dogs. “It was spiralling out of control,” he said of his dogfighting circa 2004-05. His mom and brother urged him to stop. But he ignored their pleas.

“The money changed him at that point,” Marcus said.

“Money made it difficult to listen to people,” Vick acknowledged. “At the end of the day, it was all about me.”

A cousin was stopped with marijuana and that led to the authorities finding out about the dogfighting. “My whole world came crashing down,” he said.

Vick thought at first he could get out of the situation by paying off the right attorneys. He denied it to the media for months, effectively admitting now that he lied. “I didn’t have the courage to say it,” he said. “I just wanted it to go away.” But too many people, he soon realized, were willing to testify against him. His contract with Nike was nixed. He had a clause in his Falcons contract that forced him to give back millions. His back was against the wall.

He eventually pled guilty. “I hurt so many animals. I did things that were inhumane and barbaric,” he said. (The show, at least episode one, does not describe what he actually did though we know he killed and tortured dogs who did not perform.)

James DuBose, the executive producer (BET shows “Keyshia Cole,” “Frankie & Neffe,” “Monica: Still Standing” and “Tiny & Toya”) said “we didn’t softball it at all. The whole point we wanted to tell the raw, real story.”

DuBose was approached by Vick’s people (including Brian Sher, who produced MTV’s show “T.I.: Road to Redemption”) in July. DuBose said he wanted to make sure Vick was truly sorry for what he did and was doing this show for the right reasons. He felt that was the case and moved forward. “We connected,” he said.

Vick had already filmed footage of himself in prison and the aftermath, some of which DuBose used. And surprisingly, DuBose said this was the easiest production he’s had so far. “People often don’t realize how invasive production can be,” he said. “He got it and was open to it.”

DuBose said they shot from August until January. “This may sound strange but he really loves animals,” DuBose said. “I want to be clear: what he did was horrendous and awful. I’m simply saying he made a mistake. He’s going about it the right way. He’s not building back Michael Vick the football player but Michael Vick the man.”

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He said there are no plans to do more than one series. DuBose is now busy finishing up “Tiny & Toya,” back for season two on BET in April. “Frankie & Neffe,” he said, is up in the air. Ditto with “Monica: Still Standing.”

86 comments Add your comment

kenneth c

February 1st, 2010
3:57 pm

I will personally be speaking onbehalf of Micheal
vick , I just happen to be at the falcons and philly game when it was in the atl, and ran into a lady representing peta, I was standing there listening to her when I could take no more of her nonsense, like I said to her he made a mistake, Jesus forgave the men who hung him on the cross and people from peta want his head on a plate, I ask her what more can he do , he went to jail, they stripped him of everything, so why cant you all forgive him , watch the program it should be good!!!!!!!!

peggy blevins

February 1st, 2010
3:58 pm

this is an example of the worst things about america, football and BET. how can anyone sanction this kind of behaviour and still think people will believe you? i guess the same folks who said they believed OJ, and tha Michael Jackson had a normal sex life and that Gilbert Arenas really was in fear for his life….this is more than naive, stupid and color-blind. this is dangerous. these people are driving on our roads and that scares me (as the comics say.) shame on you, bet.

kenneth c

February 1st, 2010
3:58 pm

Enter your comments here

Chuckie D

February 1st, 2010
4:00 pm

RH,

What did you think after viewing the first 30 minutes? Did you sense any true remorse?

Shaun

February 1st, 2010
4:05 pm

I will be watching, he has paid a high price for his wrong doings, what more can he lose?

grandma mable

February 1st, 2010
4:06 pm

Peggy blevins……..I bet you are the kind of person that has a sin-less life and live in that glass house of no mistakes EVER in your life. Everyone deserves a second chance ….EVEN YOU. So today, I forgive you for these comments….duh

dont bite me bro

February 1st, 2010
4:08 pm

Mary J fights dogs.

Jean

February 1st, 2010
4:10 pm

Thank you, Grandma Mable.

Captain Midnight

February 1st, 2010
4:13 pm

People please stop with this “he made a mistake” crap. He was not mistaken in anything he did.He knew exactly what he was doing. Nothing was done by “mistake”. Anyone who has the capability to knowingly TORTURE any of Gods creatures is Evil and people don’t become Evil by mistake.

GA DAWG

February 1st, 2010
4:27 pm

Yeah Peggy Blevins and you are one of the people that said Dany Heatley “made a mistake” when he made a conscious decision to drive 80 miles/hour down Lenox Road. Killed his teammate and served not ONE day in jail. Guess where he is today???? Back playing hockey in Canada making millions. Different strokes for different folks. Always has been!

Veteran

February 1st, 2010
4:34 pm

Mistake or not, the bottom line is we have place more emphasis on the treatment of animals, when ATl is ranked 3rd in child exploitation. Go figure!

Miss Chelle

February 1st, 2010
4:35 pm

Peggy are you a RACIST…Mike Vick did the crime he did the time…get over it people..I’m going to watch it…

Veteran

February 1st, 2010
4:37 pm

It a tripp! You could tell Peggy is white. The white are against MV, but the black people are willing to forgive and forget. Amazingly enough they forget what they want to forget. What about have hunter kill wild game all the time to support their barbaric egos?

Howdy Ho

February 1st, 2010
4:38 pm

Poor ‘ol dogs! Please don’t bring back Freaknik.

Captain Midnight

February 1st, 2010
4:48 pm

Veteran, “What about have hunter kill wild game all the time to support their barbaric egos?” Dude, what language are you speaking?

I am embarrassed that I am commenting on this

February 1st, 2010
4:52 pm

It is a sad day when McDonald’s has greater requirements for their employees than the NFL. No I will not be watching- I do not care for the glorification of convicted felons.

On a side note whenever I hear Michael Vick speak I wonder if English is still a requirement at Virginia Tech.

Captain Midnight

February 1st, 2010
4:55 pm

Miss Chelle, quick question,How many of the defenseless animals that Michael Vick killed are alive now that he “did the time”.Dad b none! I’m guessing you were ok with it then and are ok with it now.

Terrell in the ATL

February 1st, 2010
5:02 pm

Everybody that truly love Mike Vick!

THE MAN is coming to TV! And what we need to do as a community is come together to show our support and our solidarity and our love for the special human being that put this city on the map!

Let’s everybody put on your #7 jerseys Falcons or Eagles and let us all show all the haters that we all know and remember who the real face of football in this city is and remind Arthur Blank of all the people who remember what he did to the greatest athlete in the history of this whole state!

When we go out and about this week while showing our support for Mike by wearing our jersey let’s all do the following together to show we are united and that we are strong.

* When you go out to the mall to do your shopping walk as slow as you can so that all the haters will be stuck behind you and they will see that 7 IN THEIR FACE! They will remember who they REAL QUARTERBACK is!

* You go into one of them stores and start singing out loud about #7 while wearing your jersey or however you feel lead to do. There ain’t nobody going to take away mine or your right to free speech. Make all them haters know how you feel!

* If you go to the movies be sure to say your love for Mike loud and proud during the movie so all the haters won’t be able to enjoy the movie and will have to sit there and think about what this city lost.

* When you get out on the highway don’t use your turn signal when you make turns or change lanes so all the haters will be confused about where you going – You will be just like Mike do when he dodge line backers and won’t no body be able to guess where he will zig zag next.

* When you got out to get you some lunch back your ride into as many parking spaces as you can so all the ignorant haters won’t have nowhere good to park.

* After you have your lunch in your ride and throw your bones out the car window be sure to get to to arrange them so they spell out MV7 and so all the haters will see it and be forced to RECOGNIZE! when they walk by and see it.

Together we are strong! And we can send a message to EVERYBODY that MV THE MAN is back and he is to take care of business! Show all them sorry people that just want to hate on Mike for NO REASON whats up!

WE LOVE YOU MIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Captain Midnight

February 1st, 2010
5:11 pm

Terrell, you’re advocating civil disobience on private property to show your “love” for Mike Vick. Yea, yall do all that and see if “ATLTerrell posts yo bail” LMAO!!

LASQUISHA

February 1st, 2010
5:11 pm

YEA TERRELL YOU REPRESENT!! YALL ALL HATIN ON MIKE VICK CAUSE HE A RICH BLACK MAN!!! YALL NEED TO GET OVER IT! ITS JUS SOME DOGS!!

Holli

February 1st, 2010
5:18 pm

WE LOVE YOU MIKE VICK!!! CANT WAIT TILL YOU ARE BACK ON TOP, IT WILL GIVE THESE HATERS MORE REASON TO HATE ON YOU, BUT IT’S ALL GOOD, WE MAKE OUR HATERS OUR MOTIVATORS

Vicks Pitbulls

February 1st, 2010
5:22 pm

Master, we just want you to know that we forgive you.We forgive you for bashing our skulls in when we couldn’t perform for you.We forgive you for drowning us when we couldn’t fight for you anymore.We forgive you for ELECTROCUTING us when we were too tired to go on.Now you just go back to your Superstar life that you still so richley deserve.
-Your faithful dogs

Wilson

February 1st, 2010
5:29 pm

It’s never ceases to amaze me how racist white people can still be in 2010.

Yes I will be watching the show and I wish Mike Vick all the best in the future!

Spalding

February 1st, 2010
5:31 pm

It’s never ceases to amaze me how racist black people can still be in 2010.

Captain Midnight

February 1st, 2010
5:35 pm

How can you “love” anyone who would willfully and purposely murder an innocent animal? If the man could’nt run or throw a football would you still love him? I seriously doubt it.

Tigers Wood

February 1st, 2010
5:47 pm

The only people who watch BET are the ones who still don’t see a problem with what he did. Unfortunately they happen to be black. Most blacks are good people who frown upon this P.O.S. Vick…the exception being the P.O.S. blacks on this blog like Lasquisha and Terrell (surprise, surprise) looking forward to watching Mike Vick’s new show on BET

SJR

February 1st, 2010
5:59 pm

Disgusting!

From darkness, he saw the light,” the narrator intones in the beginning. “Blessed with a second chance, he must once again rise above to heal his family, his community, his legacy.” “I’m Michael Vick,” he says. “My fall from grace was tragic. But it was all my fault. And I’m on a mission to get it all back. Not the money and fame but to restore my family’s good name.”
He is an arrogant SOB with remorse only for getting caught. I just love the comment that he loves animals, funny way of showing it as he tortured and killed dogs. And funny how none of that is mention or covered in episode one. He cry a river about his background and call it all mistake. Killing innocent dogs for sport is more than a mistake. He is out for money and damage control. His own production company is coproducer of the series. Hmmmmm. I also read he and his family were going to the Super Bowl. For someone who filed bankruptcy he sure seems to have a lot of disposable income. I certainly will not be watching this trash.

SJR

February 1st, 2010
6:10 pm

This is about white vs black, it is against good vs evil. It is not about what others did and how they might or might not have been punished, it is about what Vick did and how he lied about it to everyone from his coach, team owners and NFL. And let’s not forget in addition to his horrific actions with innocent animals he also failed drug tests, filed bankruptcy, is suspected in 2 murders, stole from pension, spread STDs and used an assume name to seek his own treatment, and is suspected of steriod use. He is nothing but a thug, one who can barely speak the English language and has hired a high priced (again I ask, where does he get this money?) PR team to attempt a clean up of his image. He couldn’t really play ball before these problems, still can’t and I am sure while he is still on probation he will try to keep his nose clean, but for the rest of his life???????????????? Very doubtful.

John gibson

February 1st, 2010
7:18 pm

all you people that are hating on vick for what he did obviously have been fortunate enough to live in wealthy communities where there is nothing to work for or struggle from. where people like vick come from is not easy. its a rough life and we are tought things at such a young age that its just a part of life. like for someone to be tought at a young age to be a hard worker. its two diferent topics but the same concept. he was brought up believing that it was acceptible to fight dogs because where he was from…it was! stop living your safe little suburban lives and put urself in others shoes

Vick Supporter

February 1st, 2010
8:15 pm

The Great Mike Vick Has Returned.

Let it go people…the man has lost 10 times more than we could ever dream of and his name is ruined forever. I’m glad he has a chance to at least re-do some things in his life.

Vick 2010. NFL Starting QB

Bad News

February 1st, 2010
8:54 pm

A glimpse at some of the lineup on B.E.T.

First the good on B.E.T.:

Video Gospel
Gospel Videos with inspirational messages. Good programming.

First In
EMS, Firefighters, and Police Officers chronicled in extreme acts of heroism.

Now, where the bread and butter is made:

American Gangster
Criminals profiled and glorified.

The Mo’Nique Show
Bad jokes and cackling. I wonder if Wanda Smith will fill in. An hour show, which is 59 minutes too long.

The Wendy Williams Show
Loud, lion-looking drag queen, gossiping all night. Hosted by a former drug addict.

Tiny and Toya
Chronicles of two chicks with babies by men they aren’t married to. At least Tiny writes songs and makes money off of that and Toya does what exactly?

Frankie and Neffe
Chronicles of singer Keyshia Coles’ sister, a woman with 6 kids and her crack head mother,yelling and screaming. (Neffe is pregnant again now by the way with number 7).

The Michael Vick Project
Chronicles of a NFL felon living with his girlfriend and out of wedlock children, after drowning and electrocuting dogs, after the said dogs lost illegal dog fights for money, all while doing drugs blowing all of his money and bringing a franchise to its knees.

And the best one of all…

Pay it off
Kim Coles helps contestants pay off their debt. ARE YOU SERIOUS?!!!

Mike Vick is exactly on the right network…with a bunch of losers.

Bad News

February 1st, 2010
8:57 pm

…And That is Black Entertainment? Sad.

Thank Your Local Police!

February 1st, 2010
9:14 pm

I think it would help the crime rate go down dramatically if the government would bring back nationwide electrocution and hangings and televise each one live on B E T.

They can use Michael Vick for the very first televised execution and even promote it as the ’series finale’ of his show to draw ratings.

Bad News

February 1st, 2010
9:15 pm

I’m sorry…and addition to the Mo’Nique show and Frankie and Neffie

A glimpse at some of the lineup on B.E.T.

First the good on B.E.T.:

Video Gospel
Gospel Videos with inspirational messages. Good programming.

First In
EMS, Firefighters, and Police Officers chronicled in extreme acts of heroism.

Now, where the bread and butter is made:

American Gangster
Criminals profiled and glorified.

The Mo’Nique Show
Bad jokes and cackling. I wonder if Wanda Smith will fill in. An hour show, which is 59 minutes too long. Hosted by a former phone sex operator and woman who was in an “open” marriage. Great role model for little young African American ladies. Yeah right.

The Wendy Williams Show
Loud, lion-looking drag queen, gossiping all night. Hosted by a former drug addict.

Tiny and Toya
Chronicles of two chicks with babies by men they aren’t married to. At least Tiny writes songs and makes money off of that and Toya does what exactly?

Frankie and Neffe
Chronicles of singer Keyshia Coles’ sister, a woman with 6 kids and her crack head mother, yelling and screaming. (Neffe is pregnant again now by the way with number 7). Her first three were from her marriage and the rest are not. Should be sponsored by a birth control product.

The Michael Vick Project
Chronicles of a NFL felon living with his girlfriend and out of wedlock children, after drowning and electrocuting dogs, after the said dogs lost illegal dog fights for money, all while doing drugs blowing all of his money and bringing a franchise to its knees. Is this the story of a millionaire or a drug dealer from an apartment complex?

And the best one of all…

Pay it off
Kim Coles helps contestants pay off their debt. ARE YOU SERIOUS?!!!

Mike Vick is exactly on the right network…with a bunch of losers.

Yeah I said IT!

February 2nd, 2010
8:31 am

It’s really sad that people are quick to judge and throw others under the bus. First and foremost, not to say what he did was right, but life goes on; the man has paid a huge price. All of you that make negative comments about Vick like your crap don’t stink disgust me. Let’s call it what it is, this isn’t a right or wrong thing, this has been, is and will always be a racism issue. You all are perfect and live mistake free lives apparently. We need to let racism, jealousy, and envy go people. He’s a human being like most of us and still paying the price for what he did. If you all don’t like him as a person then so be it, but don’t vilify the man like you’re perfect. It feels like we’re still living in 40s and 50s sometimes with this type of hatred. I bet most of y’all didn’t vote for Obama either just because he’s black.
Heck speaking of pitbulls, those dogs were his, NOW WHAT?

[...] DuBose, has blown his credibility before the first episode even airs. But James: The next time you give an interview about Vick, you might want to avoid saying things like, “This may sound strange but he really loves [...]

Captain Midnight

February 2nd, 2010
9:30 am

When all else fails, cry racism. “Yall just hate Vick cause he black”. Well of course that’s all there is to it. Nothing to do with how this lowlife murdered defenseless animals. Nothing to do with itat all. Just good ol’ fashioned racism.Nice neat excuse to throw out there everytime some lowlife does something that’s obviously ok in black culture,ie multiple illegitimate children,dogfighting etc that’s not accepted (illegal) in white culture.Btw, ‘Yea I said it’ those dogs wern’t “his” to do with as he pleased, that’s why he went to prison genious.

Tigers Wood

February 2nd, 2010
9:54 am

Yeah I said IT!

February 2nd, 2010
8:31 am

“Let’s call it what it is, this isn’t a right or wrong thing, this has been, is and will always be a racism issue.”

So electrocuting dogs isn’t wrong? You just proved my point in my other post! As for the racism thing, the problem is that some blacks won’t “shun” each other for doing something immorally wrong…they would rather empathize with the wrongdoer…that’s what causes the cultural “wrongs” to continue.

Police Supporter

February 2nd, 2010
10:05 am

I didn’t vote for Obama simply because he is is a jive-talking moron and marxist buffoon.

My write-in vote in the 2008 US Presidential Election was for Condoleezza Rice, a lady who is more qualified to be President that Obama, Biden, McCain and Palin COMBINED. (Yes, Really.)

By the way, Vick and Obama should and WILL both wind up in prison one day, and I would indeed watch that reality show on cable.

T.C

February 2nd, 2010
10:14 am

Captain midnite,even rapist and killers are let loose back on the streets after so many years,Theres no protest there.Stop badgering the nfl and b.e.t for trying to help.If a big organization such as the nfl believe vick have paid the cost and changed by letting him play ball again,then whats the problem with you? The word is unforgiveness and that spirit is in your heart.You don’t have to live with vick,watch vick,listen to vick ect…thats your choice.

Captain Midnight

February 2nd, 2010
10:28 am

T.C. if you choose to live a public life, expect to be judged in the court of public opinion. I’m not badgering anyone except the people (you included I suppose)who supported this guy after all his evils were brought to the light. (what you do in the dark will be brought to the light.)According to most of what I’ve heard, his supporters (you included I suppose)don’t believe he did anything wrong to begin with.How many times did we hear “iss jus sum dawgs”? No, you people refuse to recognize plain evil and are so quick to cry….racism. We just refuse that label this time. Red,white,green or pink, this guy is a lowlife piece of s#it. Game over.

ELVISINTHEHOUSE.

February 2nd, 2010
10:29 am

I wonder why blacks are still hated because of there skin color? and its 2010 and not 1915.Hmmm i think its the klans children on this website.

Tigers Wood

February 2nd, 2010
10:30 am

T.C.

“Stop badgering the nfl and b.e.t for trying to help.”

The NFL and BET are not trying to “help”…they are trying to capitalize…dummy

Tigers Wood

February 2nd, 2010
10:34 am

ELVISINTHEHOUSE.

February 2nd, 2010
10:29 am

Yep, any white person who disagrees with a black person is a klansmen…you got it all figured out, how’d you know???

Captain Midnight

February 2nd, 2010
10:34 am

Elvisinthehouse (btw,EP would bitc#slap you if he were here) A 1915 p.o.s and a 2010 p.o.s are stil p’s.o.s.

ELVISINTHEHOUSE.

February 2nd, 2010
10:49 am

Captain midnite and fake woods,truth hurts don’t it? Just be real,it is what it is. nobody knows who you are(hiding behind a key board) you can be honest.Just like t.c said,you don’t have to be apart of what vick does its your choice.

ELVISINTHEHOUSE.

February 2nd, 2010
10:57 am

LOLOLOL,SISSY Midnite all this about a black man struck up hatred for fighting words? i knew you where a klansman child.You would’nt do nothing if i was standing in front of you,thats why you are behind that keyboard.Let me give you a revelation,when your dead and gone there will still be blacks on this earth so get over it :-) .

Police Supporter

February 2nd, 2010
11:00 am

Have any of the “Vick Supporters” on this blog ever taken an English class, to say nothing of even PASSING one?

Captain Midnight

February 2nd, 2010
11:08 am

Elvisinthehouse, the truth is this lowlife thug tortured and murdered defensless animals and got his lowlife thug a$$ thrown in jail where he belonged. Thats the truth.

Captain Midnight

February 2nd, 2010
11:10 am

Btw,Elvis, what would you do if I was standing in front of you? Tell us all about it. My guess is whatever you did would end up with you BACK in jail. LMMFAO!!