President Obama supportive of second chance for Michael Vick
December 27th, 2010
07:43 PM ET
3 years ago

President Obama supportive of second chance for Michael Vick

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) – President Obama believes in second chances. The president recently called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie and, during the conversation, the two discussed Michael Vick and the fresh start the quarterback has received while at the team, according to the White House.

“He of course condemns the crimes that Michael Vick was convicted of,” said White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, “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.”

According to a report from SI.com, the president spoke passionately to the Eagles’ Lurie about giving prisoners a “fair second chance” once released.

The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback spent 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to running a dog fighting ring in 2007. After a suspension by the NFL, Vick was reinstated to the league and picked up by the Eagles.

The White House has not yet responded to a question asking whether Obama would welcome Michael Vick around the first family’s dog, Bo,. According to the terms of Vick’s release, he is not allowed to own a dog until 2012, when his supervised release ends. He has expressed his desire to own one.

Burton said the call was initiated because of Lurie’s plans to convert the stadium.

“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," Burton said.


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soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. reggie

    It is great to hear that Vick's story has inspired the heart's of people from all around the world and even our top office! It gives people hope in our justice system that say's " We will punish anyone for crimes," such as this one!" and be supportive during a successful recovery and redemtion. This takes strength to forgive and restore, and it takes even more to endure and explore. My hats off to the White House, Vick and his family, and to the Eagles for teaching our nation the lesson of positive restoration!

    December 28, 2010 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  2. whod@!

    Mike vick, still a dirty bird, always a dirty bird, but man can the dude play

    December 28, 2010 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  3. alice

    Yes i do believe that he sHould get a second chance. & hopefully he will give back to the community....

    December 28, 2010 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  4. P. Lane

    Not to defend him but I think Michael Vick was as much a product of his environment as anything else. I only wish there was as much of a hue and cry when small children are gunned down in Los Angeles as there was for Vick's crime. He paid for his mistake. He deserves the second chance and to his credit it appears that he is making the most of it. Good for him.

    December 28, 2010 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  5. med

    " he does think that individuals who have paid for their crimes should have an opportunity to contribute to society again.”

    I'm sorry but that is contradictory to the laws being enacted by many states, and communities. And is not being practiced in the business community, The rule of the law and the letter of the law have become impaled upon the scales of justice, let us stand upon the acts of men, not be swayed with the men of acts.

    December 28, 2010 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  6. marge

    No he dont need to ever own a dog or ever play any sports again

    December 28, 2010 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  7. Izzy

    He should get a second chance, sure. A fair, supervised second chance. He shouldn't just be forever barred from getting a dog-but he should be watched very, very carefully for a while when he does finally obtain his next dog.

    December 28, 2010 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  8. Tony

    Proud to have Obama as President,he represents what a loving human being is, and that is, don't keep condeming someone who's did the time to pay for the crime.I know no human being to my knowledge without faults,maybe not to the extent of Michael Vicks,but it's still sin, no matter how extreme it is.

    December 28, 2010 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  9. flmaysr

    At the time of the Vick crime he was at the age of being very impressionable. While he should have known better he went along with others. Should he have been put in jail? YES. Lets hope he has learned his lesson well and his football career blossom as well. Good luck

    December 28, 2010 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  10. flmaysr

    At the time of the Vick crime he was at the age of being very impressionable. While he should have known better he went along with others. Should he have been put in jail? YES. Lets hope he has learned his lesson well and his football career blossoms as well. Good luck Micheal Vick.

    December 28, 2010 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  11. Name Carla

    I believe everyone deserves a second chance within correcting their mistakes. No one is perfect. Michael Vick is a great ballplayer. Did anyone not allow Larry Bird not to marry or date agaim because of domestic violence or Kobe Bryant.

    December 28, 2010 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  12. mark

    give the man a second chance to prove everybdy wrong he deserves it let Micheal vick own a dog

    December 28, 2010 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  13. Shad

    I think he should never be aloud to own a dog!

    December 28, 2010 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  14. Annie Hill

    OMG what the hell is he thinking, I dont care if this man served his sentence for animals abuse, he abused animals and will never change and now you have the President of the US backing him and for what. Money and fame. What an example that is to other abusers and the like. It is ok as long as you go to prison and then you will get big ups from the President. Geeeez

    December 28, 2010 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  15. Marco555

    But they want to let him have another dog. I say the judge order it to be a chihuahua. no Pits.

    December 28, 2010 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  16. Travis Mayo

    that's the best thing Obama said in months.

    December 28, 2010 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  17. David Ross

    So, what's the signal our President is sending to young people of America? Is he suggesting that it's okay to commit a felony? It has been said by so many people that our athletes need to set good examples for America's youth. Michael Vick has not set that example, and I'm disappointed that my President elected to extend his "seal of approval". There are so many others who have earned that approval.

    December 28, 2010 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  18. momo

    He really didn't have to say this, but it's great to hear a rational perspective on an inflammatory issue from our nation's most important role model. It's also great that although Vicks has the same big ego as most ball players(as evidenced by his comments), he hasn't gotten into more trouble since being released.

    December 28, 2010 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  19. Bik

    I support the President, but I'm wondering why he's
    defending someone who needs no more defense.

    Vick did his time to be sure, but really does Mr. P need to
    take time out of his vacation to put in a good word for an
    ex-con?

    December 28, 2010 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  20. cjw

    I agree with the President, Vick should receive a second chance to redeem himself in the NFL. As for Vick owning a dog personally I am a bit nervous about that idea! He may not possess the adequate compassion for dog ownership

    December 28, 2010 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  21. robert treaudo

    Everyone makes mistakes one time or another in there life no ones perfect

    December 28, 2010 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  22. Travis

    Why in the blue hell is Vick getting treated like a hero? Sure he's good at football but off the field he's a despicable human being.

    December 28, 2010 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  23. Stacey Stump

    Who would ask such a stupid question, Would the Obama's let Mike around their dog BO. You people are so stupid. Why can't you move on? The dog fighting incidence what happened 3 years and, If I am not mistaken, Mike has served his time for it. Why can't you people just move on? It's obvious that Mike and the Eagles have. Grow up and focus on something else more important, like the economy, health care, the military troops giving their life for your happiness, corrupt congress...etc.

    December 28, 2010 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  24. CyndyP

    None of the dogs Vick tortured and killed will get a second chance! He is still a monster in my book!

    December 28, 2010 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  25. Fernando

    Get over it people. The man made a mistake and paid dearly for it.....

    December 28, 2010 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
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