Kudos to our corporate comrade Darren Rovell, who appeared on Wednesday’s edition of PFT Live, for breaking the news this afternoon that Eagles quarterback Mike Vick won’t be appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
For what it’s worth (and it probably ain’t worth much), we’ve confirmed that Vick won’t be going on the show.
So he’s out. What isn’t clear is whether he was ever in.
Frankly, there’s a school of thought making the rounds in league circles that Vick never actually agreed to do it. It’s unclear whether someone close to him led Oprah’s people to believe he’d be going on the show. Either way, it’s safe to assume that Oprah won’t be happy.
As to the reason for the decision not to appear on the show, nothing concrete has been reported or explained. Apart from the fact that there really wasn’t anything new for Vick to discuss, we could have envisioned a situation in which, after a touchy-feely, get-loose-and-comfortable opening segment, Vick would have been joined unexpectedly by, say, someone who owns one of the dogs that were rescued from his property in Virginia.
And possibly by one of the dogs.
So it was, in our view, a good move to avoid the show. It would have been an even better move to never do anything to let Oprah think that Vick was coming on the show.
Actually, depending on Oprah’s reaction, the outcome could end up being just as bad.