Posted: Feb 18, 2010 9:26 AM by Elaine Sheridan
Updated: Feb 18, 2010 9:26 AM
Tonight "The Michael Vick Project" will premier on BET. This latest reality show revolves around the controversial professional football player who pleaded guilty to running an illegal dogfighting ring three years ago.
In this 10-part series, BET producers say "cameras will not only capture the NFL star's return to football after a two-year prison term stemming from his association with a dogfighting ring, but they will also focus on much of his life prior to that turning point. "
Reviews on the show have been mixed, but one thing that most critics have said is that animal lovers will not forgive Vick after watching the show, and that at least in the first episode, Vick seems to "skirt" around the dirty dealings that landed him in prison. Some have asked BET why they would give Vick his own show, their response; "Michael Vick's story is about second chances and we are excited to have the opportunity to tell his complete story," said Loretha Jones, President, Original Programming, BET Networks. "What happened to Michael is endemic of what is happening to young Black men today. Michael could be anyone's brother, father, uncle or son. It is our hope that this project will give viewers a glimpse of how he is rebuilding his life and moving forward as a human being and not just another sports figure."
Vick was the 2001 #1 draft pick and at one point in time, the highest paid player in the NFL. However, in 2007 that all changed with a guilty plea for his part in an illegal dog fighting ring. Vick served 18 months in prison and filed for bankruptcy shortly after being released. Now, having signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, Vick is hoping to repair his troubled past by showing his life on a reality show and becoming a spokesperson for the Humane Society. "I am not doing this documentary to show people that I'm back and unchanged by the experiences of the last few years," said Vick. "I'm allowing the cameras to see the truth - the good, the bad and the ugly results of my decisions - with the sincere hope that it will positively affect others' lives and prevent someone out there from making the same mistakes I did."
Whether or not this docu-series will make animal lovers forgive or even understand Vick is yet to be seen, but you can check it out for yourself. The show airs tonight at 11 pm on BET.