Michael Vick Gets Sacked by Another of the Internet's Many Lies

Michael Vick Gets Sacked By Speaking Fee RumorPhiladelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who has taken pains to apologize to anyone who will listen for his role in a dog-fighting ring that sent him to prison, reportedly asked for a $100,000 fee to address the Animal Friendly Association at Richard Stockton College near Atlantic City, N.J. There's less to this story, however, than meets the eye.

This tidbit came from an anonymous three-sentence commentary published on the editorial page of Monday's Burlington County Times, a local New Jersey newspaper, as part of its feature, The Vent. In this case, however, "Bill from Florence" (full name not given), who contributed the item, didn't know what he was talking about.

Eagles spokeswoman Pamela Browner White tells DailyFinance that the story is untrue. An official from the newspaper could not immediately be reached for comment. (I wasn't able to find the item on the paper's website.)

Here is what the item says: "The Animal Friendly Association at Stockton State College asked Michael Vick to speak. He wanted $100,000 for his time. Being truly sorry must be really expensive."

Too Small a Celebrity for Such a Big Fee


Even considering the speed of the Information Age, the Burlington County Times item was so ludicrous that it should have never been published, even as part of a feature illustrated by the image of a steam-filled factory whistle to underscore the point that this column is a place where readers spout off anonymously. Many people in the Delaware Valley bleed Eagles green, so there are few stories during football season bigger than those regarding the team's stars.

Nonetheless, some perspective is in order.

For one thing, Vick couldn't earn $100,000 for a speech even if he wanted to. He's just not that big of a celebrity. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a possible presidential candidate in 2012, reportedly commands speaking fees that high. Money aside -- though Vick remains strapped for cash -- the idea that he would even consider requesting such an exorbitant fee would have been insane from a public relations standpoint. Vick has taken great pains to try to convince the public that, though he may have done very bad things, he isn't a bad person. Making demands for big money certainly wouldn't help his case.

For the record, Vick speaks regularly about the evils of dog-fighting for free, according to the Eagles and the Humane Society of the U.S.

Dead Stars, Billionaire Pitchmen and Other Internet Lies

Vick, who is due to lead the Eagles into the NFL playoffs Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, is hardly the first celebrity to be unfairly maligned by untrue gossip, and he won't be the last. False stories take odd turns on the Web.

Indeed, the blogosphere was filled with tales last year about how actor William Shatner had become a billionaire, thanks to some well-timed purchases of Priceline (PCLN) stock after a gossip item appeared in a Canadian newspaper. The speculation got so heated that Capt. Kirk, who has been Priceline's pitchman for years, was forced to issue a denial a few days later. Musician Avril Lavigne had to deny a story on Monday that she had died in a snowboarding accident, according to Gossip Cop.

"So, does this rumor sound familiar?" the website asks regarding the Lavigne claim. "It should. Much like last week's rumors about Owen Wilson dying while snowboarding, Eddie Murphy passing away, Adam Sandler having died, and the same disgusting rumor about Charlie Sheen -- this is NOT TRUE."

The Michael Vick rumor shows that Mark Twain's famous comment that "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes" is even more accurate today as information zips around the world at lightning speeds. It's truly frightening how easy it is to jump to the wrong conclusions.


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jimbigguy53

he's been convicted paid his dues let it rest he knows what he did and has to live with it! he's learn from this and is more humble and helping others. Now and in the furture. time to look for someone else or thing to break chops about. try a new hobby or do some goodwill work or donations. you probaly have to much free time and monies.

January 06 2011 at 1:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
zella623@aol.com

Vick is bad enough, already. We don't need any lies about him. He should be excluded from ever making money from his crimes against animals. No amount of re-apologizing is needed. . . What is needed is honesty, and Sports Teams are the bottom of the pond, (even beneath the scum) when it comes to honesty. . . Put them where they belong: Right next to politicians, who also fail the honesty code. Maybe, right next to the Church Fathers? Well, birds of a feather, as they say. . .

January 05 2011 at 5:31 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
nortntrix

he's a piece of dog doo-doo. i watch him only to see him slammed to the ground, just like he did to his dogs.

January 05 2011 at 7:38 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jahannam1775

In this article it says that "the item should never have been published", if that is the case. This article only adds to the traveling lie, and should not have been published.

January 04 2011 at 8:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stephen

Jonathan Berr, the author of this article, in my opinion is the pot calling the kettle black. The only source he quotes as saying the story that Michael Vick requested $100,000 to speak for the Animal Friendly Association at Richard Stockton College is false is "Eagles spokeswoman, Pamela Browner." What would you expect an Eagles spokeswoman to say? He then goes on to say, "An official from the newspaper could not immediately be reached for comment. (I wasn't able to find the item on the paper's website.)" Then next line says, "Here is what the item says: "The Animal Friendly Association at Stockton State College asked Michael Vick to speak. He wanted $100,000 for his time. Being truly sorry must be really expensive."" I wonder where he found the item? He doesn't say. The rest of the article is pretty much conjecture and his opinion; the same type of crap he is criticizing. What do spokespeople from Richard Stockton College say? He doesn't mention trying to contact them. Could the whole thing be a rumor? Absolutely. However your article does nothing to prove it as false. Personally, whether or not it is either true or false does nothing to change my opinion of Michael Vick. I believe that his crimes against dogs have become diluted with the passage of time. Go back and review what he did to dogs. Look at the pictures, read the articles. I don't believe that someone who treated dogs that way now, suddenly, has this newly professed love and respect for them just because he got caught and did his time. And that is MY opinion.

January 04 2011 at 7:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cerasini

Poor Michael Vick should get torn apart by dogs. I stopped watching football because so many thugs are playing, and adding Vile Vick to the roster just added fuel to the fire.

January 04 2011 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jsddoublelranch

A mistake is something you do NOT know is wrong. Vick didn't make a mistake, he knowingly made an unlawful, horrible choice.

January 04 2011 at 5:23 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Hi Peg and Matt

Not once in your argument have you shown the statement in the newspaper to be untrue.Can we ever expect the truth in any case, against a ,'STAR ATHLETE'?

January 04 2011 at 5:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
masser

The word "sorry" certainly is not in Vick's vocabilary, he has no remorse, all he cares about is himself, you wait and see, he will offend again, just look at OJS

January 04 2011 at 3:54 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
john

leave him alone. he did his time

January 04 2011 at 1:31 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to john's comment
natprophet

i agree John -- get off the mans back -- he made a mistake (i know that is difficult for you perfect internet trolls to understand) -- he owned up to his mistake -- he accepted his punishment and did his time with no complaint -- he paid an enormous price in both his reputation and in cash -- and he has continued fervently- to address his issues and the damage he caused -- to attempt to make things right -- including hundreds of hours of volunteer work with animal rights groups -- many of you loud mouths could use some of his integrity ----leave him alone

January 04 2011 at 2:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
icemanbill23

Vick is pond scum!...you Eagles fans would forgive Hitler for his "mistakes" if he was a great quarterback.

January 04 2011 at 4:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply