Michael Vick has backed out of a commitment to host a Monday night radio show in Philadelphia.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback will no longer host WIP's "Chickie and Pete's Players Lounge" on Monday nights. Vick had promoted the show in the preseason and was scheduled to make weekly appearances but had only participated in the program after Philly's lone win in Week 1.
Pro Football Talk notes that Vick's first absence after Week 2 was due to his concussion. He missed the Week 3 show for unspecified reasons before pulling the plug for good on Monday. Second-year tight end Clay Harbor took his place.
The last thing Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles need to be worrying about is doing damage control over another of the quarterback's soundbites. Everything he says is parsed by the media and becomes a story in itself. Whether it's blasting officials or saying how great he played in a loss or telling Yahoo Sports' Mike Silver that teams "can't design a defense to stop me," Vick manages to turn one comment into a week's worth of questions. To abandon the radio show early in the season was abrupt and unprofessional. It was also the best way to dim the spotlight for a little.
He should never have agreed to host a show in the first place. What's the best-case scenario there? Since no national attention gets paid to local radio programs unless something goes wrong, the upside was that a handful of people in Philadelphia listen and decide they like Michael Vick more than they thought. The downside is that Vick makes comments that provide fodder for his next 10 press conferences.