Producers DuBose Entertainment says the series “will not only capture the NFL star’s return to football after a two-year prison sentence stemming from his association with a dog fighting ring, but will also focus on much of his life prior to that turning point.
“Viewers will be given an unfiltered and personal experience of Vick as he restores his past and starts fresh for the future — not only for himself, but for his family and fiancee, Kijafa.”
After showing an extended clip from the series at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour this month, the network was asked whether Vick was the kind of person who deserved to have his own show.
“I would imagine there are going to be some people who feel that [he does not],” said BET’s President of Original Programming, Loretha Jones.
“There is absolutely no excuse for the crime that he committed. We make none. Michael makes none,” Jones explained. “He served his time. And if we were to say, after having served his time and now desiring to be a responsible individual, he does not deserve a second chance, it really makes us wonder about what we’re saying to other African-American men.
“When I look at statistics that tell us that a young African-American man has a greater chance of going to jail than going college, are we saying to those families – not just those guys, but their families – that they’re going to be written off after they serve their time after making a mistake? We don’t believe that as a network. We don’t think society believes that. So consequently, we think this show is very important to show how someone gets a chance to rebuild.”
“I am not doing this documentary to show people that I’m back and unchanged by the experiences of the last few years,” Vick says in the show’s official press release. “I’m allowing the cameras to see the truth – the good, the bad and the ugly results of my decisions – with the sincere hope that it will positively affect others’ lives and prevent someone out there from making the same mistakes I did.”