Michael Vick backs out of Oprah interview

Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick reacts after being introduced before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

February 16, 2011 7:54:42 PM PST
Action News has learned that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will not participate in an interview with Oprah Winfrey after all.

Action News has learned the decision for Vick to not appear on Oprah was Vick's and Vick's alone. The Philadelphia Eagles say they were fine with their franchise quarterback appearing on the talk show.

Vick had been scheduled to tape an interview with the talk show queen next week. It was set to air on February 24th.

In a statement to Action News' Jeff Skversky, Vick said "After careful consideration, I will need to postpone the taping of the Oprah Winfrey interview scheduled for February 22. I admire and respect Oprah and hope to be able to participate in an interview in the future."

He did not elaborate on why he needed to postpone the interview.

Vick served 18 months in prison over a dogfighting operation based on his property in Surry County, Va. In 2007, several dogs were seized from his property.

He was reinstated to the NFL for the 2009 season and has been doing public-service work, including with the Humane Society.