Barack Obama Praises Eagles For Giving Michael Vick A 2nd Chance
Peter King of NBC reported on Sunday that President Barack Obama recently called Jeffrey Lurie, the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, to praise the organization for giving quarterback Michael Vick a second chance.
According to ProFootballTalk, Obama told Lurie that "a level playing field rarely exists for prisoners who have completed their sentences."King also tweeted that Obama "said too many prisoners never get fair 2d chance."
The president of the United States has time to applaud the decision to give Vick a second chance? This person should never have been allowed to pick up a football and continue his life as though his offense was nothing more than running a red light.The Eagles signed Vick after he spent 18 months in prison and two months of home confinement for being convicted of running a dogfighting operation. read the rest
And why? Because he is so "talented?" Are you telling me that in a country with a population of over 300 million people there is no one else with the "talent" of Michael Vick?"
From: LA Examiner published at the time of Vick's release from prison:
Some commentators have argued that Vick should be allowed to play because he “made a mistake” and has now “paid his debt.” Perhaps these people are under the mistaken impression that all Michael Vick did was fight some Pit Bulls. But dog fighting, as cruel a crime as it is, is the least of what Michael Vick did.
According to the prosecutor's statement of facts in the case, between 2002 and 2007 Michael Vick and his co-conspirators Purnell Peace, Quanis Phillips and Tony Taylor killed thirteen dogs by various methods including wetting one dog down and electrocuting her, hanging, drowning and shooting others and, in at least one case, by slamming a dog’s body to the ground.
Michael Vick didn't make a mistake. He didn't "make a bad choice." Over a period of five years he forced dogs into deadly fights, and he personally killed, or conspired to kill, thirteen dogs. He didn't pick a quick, painless method of killing, but instead chose a variety of means that qualify as torture. Pit Bulls are powerful dogs. Imagine how hard you would have to work to kill a Pit Bull by forcibly drowning him.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also reports, "Sometimes [the dogs] were starved to make them more vicious in the pit."
And Michael Vick didn’t confine the abuse and killing to his own Pit Bulls.
According to a November 2008 ESPN.com news story, a report prepared by the USDA's inspector general-investigations division revealed that Vick, Purnell Peace, Quanis Phillips and Tony Taylor also put family pet dogs into the ring with trained pit bulls.
The report, dated Aug. 28, 2008, says, "Vick, Peace and Phillips thought it was funny to watch the pit bull dogs belonging to [Vick’s] Bad Newz Kennels injure or kill the other dogs."
This is what Michael Vick engaged in: warning: graphic and horrifying images
This is Gypsy, a dog used as bait. Read her story here
And when the dogs couldn't fight Vick helped wet them down and electrocuted them. Others were strangled, drowned, or hung until dead. And our president is happy this person is getting a second chance? Of course, this is the same man who thinks a baby born alive after a botched abortion should be left to die, alone and in pain, in a janitors closet. How could we possibly expect more?
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