Dog owners: Vick didn’t want to face them

The owners of dogs rescued from a dogfighting ring operated by

convicted quarterback Michael Vick said he pulled out of an

interview with Oprah Winfrey because he did not want to be

confronted by them on TV, the New York Post reported Friday.

Vick, who served 21 months in prison before resurrecting his NFL

career with the Eagles, pulled out of a rare TV interview after the

dog owners contacted Winfrey’s producers asking for the chance to

confront him on “Oprah”.

“One of the adopters was contacted by one of Oprah’s producers

Tuesday night, who said there was preliminary interest in doing

something with the dogs,” said Richard Hunter, a Dallas radio

personality who adopted one of the dogs.

“Then, that same night, Vick’s rep told Oprah’s producers he was

backing out (of the interview).

“It would certainly be a coincidence if one didn’t have

something to do with the other.”

Paul, who didn’t want his last name used, owns Cherry, one of

the pit bulls rescued from Vick’s dogfighting ring.

He said he was “one of the first” to contact Winfrey’s

production company Harpo when he heard Vick was scheduled to appear

on the show.

“I sent out a blanket e-mail to about 20 people at Oprah’s

production company and heard back the next day that they would take

my inquiry into consideration,” he said.

A Harpo spokesman confirmed that the dog owners had contacted

the show.

“Yes, they reached out to us, and we spoke with them and several

other groups,” he said.

“We were still in the planning stages for the show, so I can’t

confirm if they would have been part of the final episode.”

The Vick interview would have been one of the first he has given

since returning to football. NFL announcer James Brown interviewed

Vick on “60 Minutes” in August 2009, but the interview was short,

and the quarterback was accompanied by a lawyer.

Since being released from prison, Vick has been part of a Humane

Society program that warns young men against dogfighting.