Obama Condemns Michael Vick’s Crimes, But Supports ‘Fair Second Chance’

December 28, 2010

(ChattahBox US News)—The once disgraced former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is now wowing Philadelphia Eagles’ fans with his record-breaking rushing and passing. Tapped as the NFC Offensive Player of the Week this season after throwing for 333 yards and four touchdowns, as well as rushing for 80 yards and two more touchdowns, Vick has come a long way since he served 18-months in federal prison for running a vile dogfighting operation. As a poster boy for second chances, even the President of the United States supports the willingness of the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles to give Vick a second lease on his life and career. While speaking with team owner Jeff Lurie on another matter, President Obama praised Lurie for taking a chance on Vick and giving him a “fair second chance” to contribute to society again.

Obama’s comments on Michael Vick received frenzied media attention after his call to Laurie was reported by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. But White House spokesman Bill Burton explained the purpose of the President’s call to Laurie was to commend him for using alternative energy sources in the team stadium. Obama’s remarks regarding Vick were made during the course of the conversation.

“The President did place a call to Mr. Lurie to discuss plans for the use of alternative energy at Lincoln Financial Field, during which they spoke about that and other issues. He of course condemns the crimes that Michael Vick was convicted of but, as he’s said previously, he does think that individuals who have paid for their crimes should have an opportunity to contribute to society again, said Burton.”

According to the report of  SI’s Peter King, the President spoke passionately on the subject of giving prisoners a second chance after paying their debt to society.

“The president wanted to talk about two things, but the first was Michael,” Lurie told me. “He said, ‘So many people who serve time never get a fair second chance. He was … passionate about it. He said it’s never a level playing field for prisoners when they get out of jail. And he was happy that we did something on such a national stage that showed our faith in giving someone a second chance after such a major downfall.”

Lurie said Obama and he talked football. “He’s a real football fan,” Lurie said. “He loves his Bears. He really follows it. He knew how Michael was doing. It was really interesting to hear.”

Vick will be using his second chance again tonight in a much-anticipated rescheduled matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

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2 Responses to “Obama Condemns Michael Vick’s Crimes, But Supports ‘Fair Second Chance’”

  1. Ibett on December 28th, 2010 6:50 pm

    so, Obama is hinting, he too should be given a second chance?

    NOT! Obama has more blood on his hands, a mighty different stain!

  2. thedogdefender on January 2nd, 2011 3:41 am

    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.


    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.

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