In a phone call to Jeffrey Lurie, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, President Obama expressed his appreciation over the decision to give Michael Vick a second chance.
“The president wanted to talk about two things, but the first was Michael,” Lurie told Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. “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.”
The second part of the call was in regards to plans to switch to alternative energy at Lincoln Financial Field.
According to Obama spokesman Bill Burton, “the president told owner Jeffrey Lurie that while he condemns the crimes Vick was convicted of, he believes people who have paid for their crimes should have the opportunity to contribute to society again.”
Personally, I don’t see how running around in spandex throwing a ball around contributes to society, but okay.
Would Obama have even mentioned Vick if the Eagles weren’t doing so well? And if he’s all for second chances, why didn’t he speak up when Vick was first reinstated?
More interestingly, few of the articles mentioned the cruelty and severity of the crimes Vick committed in running a dogfighting ring.
According to information released by the USDA under the Freedom of Information Act, informants told investigators that Vick and two others strangled low-performing dogs by hanging them from trees, drowning them in buckets of water — one person holding the hind legs, another person holding the dog’s head. They said Vick and two others also killed dogs with a shovel, shot them and in at least one case, slammed a dog to the ground until it was dead. Vick and co-defendants Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips “seemed to get an adrenaline high when killing the dogs,” an informant said.
Maybe President Obama needs to read some of the massive research about the incurability and rates of recidivism of sociopaths who exhibit their lack of conscience through cruelty to animals.
Also? Now Vick wants a dog!
In an interview with theGrio, he claims that he loves all animals and that it was outside influences that allowed him to participate in dog fighting.
“I hate to use our culture as an excuse, but it is what it is and that’s what happened and that’s the way I thought about it growing up,” he said. “This is just the way we were brought up.”
If he hates using excuses so much, then maybe he should just stop and take some responsibility for his actions instead of whining and blaming circumstances. It wasn’t what it was, it’s what he let it be. He had a choice and he chose one of the lowest forms of cruelty over not even just compassion, but common sense.
“I would love to get another dog in the future,” he said. “I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process. I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love, and my passion for animals.”
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