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Michael Vick Has Another Supporter: President Obama

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is having a phenomenal season, of course, but he’s still a divisive figure. Some credit him for making the most of another chance following his prison sentence, while others still can’t bring themselves to forgive Vick for the suffering he inflicted on innocent dogs. But according to information reported last night by Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Vick has at least one supporter in high places: President Barack Obama.

Obama, it seems, is squarely in the “credit Vick for making good on another chance” camp. King said last night that Obama called Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and commended him for giving Vick the second chance many ex-prisoners never receive. King reiterated that report in a later tweet:

Yes, Obama called Eagle owner Jeffrey Lurie to praise the Eagles for giving Vick a chance. Said too many prisoners never get fair 2d chance.

As Toni Monkovic of The New York Times‘ Fifth Down blog soon pointed out, Obama’s position would likely prove as divisive as Vick’s story. Of course, nothing can undo what Vick did to so many dogs, and the president’s stance here will make it appear to some that he’s an animal abuse apologist. Others will see it as welcome opposition to the way the U.S. prison system currently operates.

One Pro Football Talk commenter noted that Vick’s story doesn’t exactly serve as an accurate barometer for what most ex-prisoners’ post-prison lives will be like, since he has extraordinarily rare skills that helped him land his second chance. Still, if Vick can keep up what he’s doing on the field (and stay on the right side of the law, of course), perhaps he could serve as an important model of what someone can still achieve even after they’ve paid the price for enormous mistakes.

And we’ll give Obama credit for coming forward (well, to Lurie, anyway) with an opinion that may not necessarily be the most popular. We can only hope – and, thus far, have reason to believe – that Vick will continue to show why he expressed it.

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  • thedogdefender

    All animal lovers and anyone with a shred of decency should boycott all Eagles games. I refuse to finance Mike Vick. He should be forever barred from playing any professional sports.

    Did Mike Vick give dogs a second chance as they lay there whimpering for mercy? No, all dogs who didn’t perform well were executed in a brutal manner.
    Take a look at photos of the mercy Mike Vick showed the dogs.

    The Bible says, “You will reap what you sow” which basically means what goes around comes around. He should receive the same kind of mercy. He should stop being such a cry baby as if he is a victim and take what he has done like a man. Mike Vick will not change but find a way to continue dog fighting under the radar of officials. I say this because for years he participated in dog fighting and only stopped because he was caught. Even his own Father urged him to stop in 2001 and he refused. If a Son will not listen to his own Father, then who will he listen to?
    Boddie told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that around 2001, Vick was staging dogfights in the garage of the family’s home in Newport News and kept fighting dogs in the family’s backyard, including injured ones which the father nursed back to health. Boddie said his son had been urged to not engage in the activity, but continued. He stated: “This is Mike’s thing. And he knows it.”

    If Obama wants Mike Vick to have a second chance then let the government give it to him. Recruit him in the military so he can observe REAL men and women doing REAL work and not for the absurd amounts Mike gets for tossing a ball around.

  • Pipelaya1

    you’re so right…”you reap what you sow”
    you white folks are getting just what you reaped

  • Pipelaya1

    you’re so right…”you reap what you sow”
    you white folks are getting just what you reaped

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