Incarcerated NFL star Michael Vick is looking to make some quick cash by writing a book that would likely detail his road from poverty to becoming the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL.
According to the New York Daily News, the former Atlanta Falcons player – currently serving 23 months for financing a dog-fighting ring – reportedly has literary agent Scott Waxman shopping a proposal for a memoir. Needless to say, the idea doesn’t sit well with the folks at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
“What will he call his book, ‘Vick: One Lucky Dog’?” PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk asks the Daily News. “If Vick has started writing this book while in jail, the proceeds should fall under the rule that says a felon can’t profit from his murderous deeds.”
Vick, who is now in bankruptcy proceedings, may also use the book to express shame regarding his dog-fighting enterprise, as he has been told by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that his chances of playing football again depend on whether he demonstrates sufficient remorse.
Still, Newkirk argues, “Shame and contrition mean keeping a low profile and letting time tell that you’ve reformed, not angling for … a return to stardom and a book deal.”