President Obama supportive of second chance for Michael Vick
December 27th, 2010
07:43 PM ET
12 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, 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. Russell

    The US releases sexual preditors in to society so why not do the same for Vick? He is having a bannr year and paid his debt to society so leave him alone. Fly high Eagles.

    December 27, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  2. Obamican

    I completely agree Mr. President. We can go a little further by allowing former convicts their right to select their political representatives. Denying them jobs, the right to vote, or to contribute/participate in society can only be considered an extension of their punishment.

    December 27, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  3. Seriously?

    news? i usually piss and moan at the people who click on articles just to complain.... but really? REALLY?

    December 27, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  4. Michael Campbell

    The Peoples President.

    December 27, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  5. michael ziglier

    I am the NFL decided to Mike Vick a 2nd chance because there are no perfect people in this world,he has paid his debt so why not let the man excise his talents.

    December 27, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  6. Evangeline

    No – this is wrong. Michael Vick should never be placed in a position of trust or "power" again.

    December 27, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  7. Arnold

    Michael Vick should not be allowed to care for a dog or any animal for that matter. Instead of laws or court orders that prohibit the ownership of an animal the law should read those convicted should not be allowed to reside where animals are kept. In this way, they cannot claim the animal belongs to someone else. I've seen a judge sentence a man to eight days in jail for starving a horse. I've seen a judge order a man convicted of animal cruelty to serve community service at an animal shelter. That's like sentencing a child molestor to community service at a day care center for children. It's shown that those who torture or starve animals will often do the same to human beings.

    December 27, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  8. Bob Bob

    People don't change. Out of all people the president should know that.

    December 27, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  9. Alistair

    Indeed Michael Vick deserve another chance.

    December 27, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  10. Jesse

    Are you kidding me? Now he's putting his fingers in the NFL? I guess dealing with another possible war, the current war we are in, the crippled economy, and the mess he's made with healthcare should be put on the backburners because more important things need to be talked about such as NFL quarterbacks getting a second chance like "all released prisoners should." Other released prisoners don't get out and walk into multi-million dollar contracts but maybe he can use our tax money for that too.

    December 27, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  11. Stickler

    I'm a stickler for rules and obeying the law. However, the idea of giving someone a finite sentence is that they receive a fitting penalty for the crime that they committed (eg. they pay their debt to society and move on). If they commit another crime, they are penalized for that crime. Hopefully they do not commit additional crimes.

    If there were to be no second chances, that would mean that we do not believe anyone who has committed a crime is capable of becoming a law-abiding member of society again. If that were the case, then every criminal should receive a life sentence for their first offense.

    December 27, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  12. Crocker

    And the Prex needs to weigh in on this why? Doesn't he have more important issues to address?

    December 27, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  13. Mook

    This is not suprising

    December 27, 2010 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  14. Peter DiSalvo

    Michael Vick is an animal abuser.
    The NFL is a disgrace for letting him play.
    The Eagles are a disgrace for letting him play.
    The President has totally disappointed me for supporting this idiot.
    I am disappointed in myself for watching the National Felon League every week.
    I would say my more but you have my IP address.
    Go back to jail Vick. Philly give one of the other 300+ million Americans a shot at QB. Losers.

    December 27, 2010 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  15. Jesus was a Liberal

    All Mike Vick needs is a second chance from THE LORD, and it appears he's getting it. All due respect to President Obama.

    December 27, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  16. Bo

    please dont let him near me.

    December 27, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  17. Thatguy371

    He did his time, so forget it and let life go on. I think it's safe to say he learned his lesson. Everyone needs to get past this situation and move on.

    December 27, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  18. Willyboy

    How utterly disappointing of the President. Vick is a vile any unrepentant torturer and slaughterer of defenseless animals. He brutalized and killed dogs for his own personal sick pleasure. Nothing – *nothing* – Vick has done or said has indicated any form, however slight, of remorse or guilt over what he did.

    December 28, 2010 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  19. mona19595

    I agree with second chances HOWEVER when it comes to abuse and torturing a living thing I have to draw a line. Does a pedophile get a second chance after sexually abusing a child? Yes and what does he do HE DOES IT AGAIN! I believe the same holds true for abusing and torturing an animal. Any crime that starts with the abuse of an animal will soon move on to humans it is a known fact. Michael Vick lied to cover up his heinous actions he lied to his coach, teammates and commissioner. I personally have not seen where he is remorseful at all, in my opinion the only remorse he has is for getting caught.

    December 28, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  20. Whats Wront

    Now anyone try to blame the parents or the girl and get to the root cause of such deviant 'Socially' abhorrent behavior. So so desperate to find a sugar daddy. What about Celine Dion and much older husband. It was a similar relationship that started at much younger age.

    December 28, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  21. good girl

    I love my president. He is a good-hearted man who believes in seeing the good in everyone.

    December 28, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  22. Mark Henriksen

    Is this the twilight zone? He did get a second chance. He's playing in the NFL. Why the call?

    December 28, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  23. T'sah from Virginia

    That's RIGHT – a second chance is deserved and I am tired of those who want to crucify him the rest of his life!!! AND, he should be ALLOWED to have another DOG!!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone is watching him with a magnifying glass anyway so how much WRONG can he do!!

    Sex Offenders (child molesters) are let out of jail and put on the streets everyday – sometimes, WITHOUT even serving time in prison! Does that stop them from getting married and/or getting someone pregnant and having CHILDREN - NO!!???

    Leave Mike Vick ALONE – Besides, he's doing a "helluva job" for those EAGLES – Go Vick!!!

    December 28, 2010 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  24. stu

    while I agree that it was apropriate for Vick to be given a second chance in the NFL, I think he should have refrained from comments on future dog ownership, which have opened him up to criticism anew

    December 28, 2010 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  25. Jay

    Who is really surprised?

    December 28, 2010 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
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