Michael Vick wants his BET reality series to “change the perception of me”

Michael Vick will star in his own BET reality series early next year. Such a show was rumored back in April, although as The Hollywood Reporter points out, Vick’s representatives said back then that “[a]ny speculation of Mike doing a reality show is false … He has no interest in that. Absolutely false.”

Well, now it’s absolutely true, and the series “spotlights his controversial comeback with the Philadelphia Eagles while also examining his tumultuous past — including his troubled childhood and his 2007 arrest for running a dogfighting ring,” according to the L.A. Times. Producers insist its tone “will be serious and somber as it focuses on his personal struggles since his release” and “will also revisit the federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan., where Vick spent 1 1/2 years behind bars and the Virginia property where he ran and financed a dogfighting ring.”

Vick told the paper that he’s doing the series to improve his image. “I just want people to really get to know me as an individual. What I want to do is change the perception of me. I am a human being. I’ve made some mistakes in the past, and I wish it had never happened. But it’s not about how you fall, but about how you pick yourself up,” he said.

Executive producer James DuBose, who also produced Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is, told the paper, “We’ve heard the results, but we have not seen the process of how Michael got to where he was. This is the raw storytelling of what happened, why and how.”

Michael Vick doing reality show (after denying it) [Hollywood Reporter]
Michael Vick to star in docu-series [Los Angeles Times]

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