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Obama Praises Eagles For Hiring Ex-Con Vick

December 30, 2010 by  

Obama praises Eagles for hiring ex-con VickPresident Barack Obama has praised NFL team owner Jeffrey Lurie for employing Michael Vick, who served an 18-month prison sentence for his involvement in a dog-fighting ring before returning to play for the Philadelphia Eagles.

According to Sports Illustrated, the President commended Lurie during a recent phone conversation, saying that "it's never a level playing field for prisoners when they get out of jail." Obama told Lurie that Vick's success on a national stage shows that criminals who serve their debt to society should receive a second chance.

On Dec. 27, the Obama administration confirmed the conversation between the President and Lurie. Bill Burton, a White House spokesman, said that Obama condemns the crimes that Vick was convicted of, but he believes that individuals who have paid for their crimes should have another opportunity to contribute to society.

Burton also told media outlets that the primary reason for Obama's phone call was to discuss alternative-energy sources used at the team's stadium. Ezra Klein of The Washington Post has criticized the administration for spinning the initial context of the call in an effort to quell any public backlash regarding Obama's comments about Vick.

"For the White House to now say that the call was really about energy efficiency in stadium design both makes Obama look a bit Carteresque — does he really have time to be worrying about the energy efficiency of football stadiums? — and blunts whatever impact the call itself could have had," Klein wrote. "That was a call either worth making or not worth making, but it definitely wasn't worth making if the President wasn't willing to stand behind it." 

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  • Bill

    It matters not whether Barry was calling regardeing an energy policy, or to place Vick on a athletic pedestal, it just demonstrates the adept manner Barry uses to speak out of both sides of his mouth. I am a football fan, however I do not care if Vick evolves as the greatest player to ever do battle on the gridiron. I will never forgive him for his episode of animal abuse, there is nothing he can do to change my opinion of him.

    • Claire

      Bill: I agree with you on this wholeheartedly. There is nothing anyone can do to make me change my mind about Vick. Nothing. Like you posted, I will never forgive him either for these horrific acts of animal cruelty.

      • Harold Olsen

        Michael Vick is just one more morally corrupt scumbag among, probably, hundreds in sports. I don’t support him or the NFL. I don’t watch sports at all, and the scumbags in sports is one of the major reasons. ANYONE who pays to see these guys play are supporting them and saying, “It’s alright what you did. You’re worth the big bucks you are getting paid and I’ll continue paying big bucks to see you play.” The people who continue to pay to see games are giving them the message that they are okay with their illegal activities and will continue paying high ticket prices to see them play. Until the fans decide enough is enough and stop going to games, these prima donnas will decide they can do whatever they want and continue to be rewarded for it.

        • Palin12

          Send Vick to the gas chamber.

          • Claire

            The way I feel about Vick right now I am inclined to agree.

          • libertytrain

            That would have been too humane – perhaps a decoy for a pitt bull would have been more fair and fitting.

          • Claire

            libertytrain–good idea-throw him in a ring with about 10 pit bulls. He deserves to be shredded just like the defenseless dogs he used for bait.

          • libertytrain

            Claire – I realize that this will be considered by many that I am showing some “uncivility” – However, that only occurs when I am thinking of pedophiles, today’s slave trade and the Vick’s of this world and if I am guilty of a sin for thinking same, so be it.

          • Claire

            libertytrain–I am with you on this. The creeps of the world are getting by with committing all kinds of evil deeds. I would love to be a judge for a month. I would clean house. But no, I would have to be “civil.” I would have to just slap them on the wrist and tell them not to do it anymore. Our justice system is shameful.

          • libertytrain

            Claire you are right the current system is shameful, however, yours would not be.

      • Dee

        I really can’t stand people who abuse animals and that goes double for michael vick. I was disgusted that the eagles gave him a job.
        I wonder if obummer would have praised the eagles if michael vick had been white?

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Claire,
        Vick asking for permission to own a dog again is like a pedifile asking for permission to be around kids again! When I heard on the radio the other nite that he has petitioned the courts to be allowed to own one again I was white hot mad!! He shouldn’t be allowed in the same room with a dog ever as long as he lives!!

        • Claire

          Joe H — It would be a cold day in h— before I would ever allow Vick to have another dog. But, the powers that be will probably let him get one. The lowlife shouldn’t be allowed to have any pet.

    • Mick

      Bill….I am with you totally…
      it’s not alright to supposedly torture terrorists to find out informations to save others lives but according to our commander in chief it’s obviously forgivable to really torture poor innocent animals for entertainment and greed,,,,Wow ! what role models these two bastards are….we’re going down…….

      • http://MozzelaFirefox Jo

        Muslims don’t like dogs.

    • clh

      The day the news broke that the commisioner was hiring Vick back, I sent him and email telling him that I would never watch another football game on TV as long as he was playing ball. I used to be a diehard football fan. No they can take and shove their decision up their butts. I also will not buy any product that endorses Vick. He is an animal abuser/murderer who did what he did for money/greed. The only thing he is sorry about is that he got caught, otherwise he would still be at it.

  • James

    This is obviously a calculated statement to undo some of the damage that he made regarding “they sure cling to their guns and God.” He needs Pennsylvania in 2012. It wouldn’t hurt to get Eagles fans on board.

    The more interesting question is that since he pointed out that it is not a level playing field for convicted felons–should it be? You lose your right to vote, carry arms. Employers have the right to know about your conviction and certainly take that into consideration in the hiring process. What is the proposal here? After you have paid your debt to society-should you be able to vote? carry a firearm? Have your record expunged after so many years?

    For people convicted of sex offenses most-States require you to register for the rest of your life as a sex offender with extremely stringent requirements about where you can live, etc. Is the proposal to do away with the registration?

    Vick’s crime–although reprehensible-is not one usually prosecuted at the Federal level–and certainly not as bad as a sex offense crime or murder-should there be different levels of societal forgiveness based on the felony that you commit?

    • Claire

      Personally, I will never forgive a pedophile, a murderer, a robber, including an animal abuser. To me, these crimes are evil, regardless of the nature of them. I am hard-nose, a crime is a crime and people that commit them should be punished accordingly. I am a sincere believer that people have a choice in life, they either choose to lead a good life or the life of a criminal. Different levels of societal forgiveness? Perhaps, but I still remember the sex offenders that sometimes seem to “get by” with their foul deeds. Animal abuse is not prosecuted to the extent that it should be, and neither are a number of the other crimes that are committed. I guess it is a good thing that I am not a judge. I would throw the book at all of them. Literally.

      • Claire

        BTW–my husband is an ardent football fan, and he loathes Michael Vick, and so do I.

        • Munday/TX

          just wondering my dear Claire-are you pro choice or pro life?

          • Cathy

            I’ll answer that one. I’m pro-life. And I’m pro-animals. These pro-life people who think it’s OK to kill animals (like freakin’ Palin) just piss me off.

            I’ve been a Pittsburgh Steeler fan for over 40 years (born and raised in Pittsburgh). IF the Steelers would have “hired” Vick, I would not have continued being a fan. He’s evil, just like all the murderers, rapists, and other animal abusers.

          • independant thinker

            Cathy since you do not condone killing animals you must be a total vegan.

          • Claire

            I am pro-life.

          • JC

            Cathy, you should take a course in Hunter Education/Conservation before condemning anyone in the north country for hunting.
            Most people suffer from a huge lack of knowledge on the subject.
            NOT hunting would soon see these animals dying in huge numbers.
            As it is, 50% die every winter anyway, whether they are hunted or not.

            Anyhow, I do NOT condone the abuse of animals in general.

          • Claire

            And I have been a vegan for a number of years. BTW, my husband used to hunt-quail, pheasant, turkey. I do not have a problem with hunting for food for the table. However, I really cannot say that I care for sport killing, for antlers, a head, etc.

      • Mick

        Claire says:
        December 30, 2010 at 5:58 am
        Personally, I will never forgive a pedophile, a murderer, a robber, including an animal abuser. To me, these crimes are evil, regardless of the nature of them. I am hard-nose, a crime is a crime and people that commit them should be punished accordingly. I am a sincere believer that people have a choice in life, they either choose to lead a good life or the life of a criminal. Different levels of societal forgiveness? Perhaps, but I still remember the sex offenders that sometimes seem to “get by” with their foul deeds. Animal abuse is not prosecuted to the extent that it should be, and neither are a number of the other crimes that are committed. I guess it is a good thing that I am not a judge. I would throw the book at all of them. Literally.
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        Claire….I couldn’t be a judge either, I could not bring myself to turn a blind eye to most crimes presented to me and have to release some of those beasts on a technicality or a deal made by so many district attorneys, as for throwing the book at them I would be a second judge Roy Bean. America would be in much better shape and our society less crooked with tough judges,

      • TIME

        Claire,
        I think you know how I feel about animials, this Vick person should have been shot on the spot.

        Be that as it may this should wake a few up;
        The Greatness of any nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated. “Ganghi.”

        “We as a nation are 100% totaly barkrupt.” How sad.

        • libertytrain

          Just a thought about obama calling and praising vick’s hiring. His religion doesn’t care for dogs – does it?

          • Claire

            libertytrain–Muslims probably do not care fo dogs, I really don’t know. I know there are people in some of the foreign countries that eat them.
            If Obama wanted to call the NFL and praise Vick, why did he have it announced on national TV? Political ploy? To keep votes? He is crazy if he thinks this shenagian put a feather in his cap. This stunt simply disgusts me even more.

          • libertytrain

            Claire aren’t dogs considered filth to a Muslim? Wonder what religion vick is? Hmmmm.

          • Claire

            libertytrain–Probably a muslim.

          • libertytrain

            Or is it their love of the game that bonds these two macho men… No, it couldn’t be that. Neither appear to be real men.

    • Edward

      People who cannot live within a set of reasonable and widely accepted rules that are designed to protect the people are, in fact, a hazard to society. I have no problem giving someone a “second chance” but I do have a problem turning to them and saying their crimes never happened and their victims don’t matter. A recently paroled felon serving three consecutive life sentences has just killed a police officer during yet ANOTHER armed robbery, what does that say? What do we say to the widow? His grandkids?

  • Jim Robinett

    Just goes to show that if the right individuals are in power at the right time, you can get away with anything, even being a convicted felon. obama now needs to give all of the convicted felons there old jobs back to them, after all they served their time, didn’t they?.

  • trp878

    There are many ex-cons out there, figures I’ve seen are 1 in 300 of our Countries citizens are ex criminals. It is beginning to appear as it did in the 1500 era, when the British allowed the criminals to come to America to settle. It appears to me that Vick wouldn’t have gotten his job back if the President had not made a phone call. I would have to believe that many ex criminals don’t “KNOW” some one in power that would help them get a fresh start. Therefore, it maybe a step forward for a politician to come to the aid, with a new law expunging all records of ex criminals who have gone straight, for X amount of time, w/o blemish, w/o having to pay contributions (Clinton and Rich), etc. This would probably boost his electability and also give the “good” ex criminals a chance for a new start in life. If this does not occur then the numbers of 1 in 300 will surely rise, with today’s issues, economy, unemployment and some mundane laws, who knows, maybe we will be joining those ranks unintentionally, or for what ever reason. I would say give the “good” ex criminals a chance to start over again. Furthermore, I am not supporting 3 or 4 time offenders or perverts, just the “good” ex criminals out there.

    • Bus

      It also helps to run a 4.7 forty and be able to throw a football 60 yards. Did he give a call to Martha Stewart when she got out? She’s done pretty well for herself as well.

  • tim

    When obama gets thrown out of the white house you know where his little puppy is going. To the highest bidder. Wonder if it will be vick or one of his buddies

    • Lastmanstanding

      Hey, just another exorbinant wage for Barry to collect taxes on. More money to redistribute. (Via grants, food stamps, welfare, etc.) Most of us get the picture. God bless all or you that are trying and planning…

      • Karolyn

        How can you spew hate in one sentence and than speak of God in the next. Hypocrate!

        • Joyce from Loris

          Hate????? How did you get any hatred from this sentence? Just because people are sick and tired of working like dogs, only to have their money taken away from them by the government and handed to those who will not take responsibility for themselves or their own, is NOT HATRED.

        • Bill

          Karolyn,

          What you interpret as hate,is called “righteous anger”. God allows Christians to use anger as a positive outlet to express emotions regarding social injustice. Example, “Jesus becoming angry and overturning tables of the money changers in the temple”.

          • Claire

            Bill–Righteous anger is a very good choice of words.

    • Claire

      tim–Egads–don’t even think about it. Remember when Clinton’s “Buddy” was run over and killed? I realize accidents can happen, nontheless if you have a dog, take care of it so that this won’t happen. Shame on Clinton for not taking care of his dog.

  • J.M.R.

    two things the dick-tater protects the criminal and the black criminal.

  • Freddy

    The president has not proven any leadership!!!. he has proven the following M.O.

    1.~ He went on the defensive, of the black Professor against a white arresting officer.
    2.~ He has Failed to bring to trial the 2 Black Panthers for obstruction in voting site.
    3.~ Praised Michael Vick, a condemned felon of animal brutality.

    I don’t know if that is leadership!!! This screams loud and clear !Racial Discrimination!!!!

    • JC

      Not to mention turning criminals loose on the American public along the entire US southern border then having the unmitigated gall to take a sovereign American State to a World Court? Are you kidding me?
      This dirt bag is absolutely the worst excuse for a President (Note I don’t say American)in the history of the nation.

  • Mick

    Freddy says:
    December 30, 2010 at 9:01 am
    The president has not proven any leadership!!!. he has proven the following M.O.

    1.~ He went on the defensive, of the black Professor against a white arresting officer.
    2.~ He has Failed to bring to trial the 2 Black Panthers for obstruction in voting site.
    3.~ Praised Michael Vick, a condemned felon of animal brutality.

    I don’t know if that is leadership!!! This screams loud and clear !Racial Discrimination!!!!
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    Freddy ,,,,He is definitely partial to blacks although he is half white and why not praise the Philadelphia Eagles for hiring this piece of shit Michael Vicks, as if our country wasn’t in enough trouble that this so called president would even acknowledge this unimpotant event.

  • Harold Olsen

    Gee, what a surprised!! Barack Hussein Obama supporting Michael Vick. Obama is a morally corrupt scumbag, so why wouldn’t he support another morally corrupt scumbag?? It certainly fits his pattern.

  • Karolyn

    From what I heard, Vick took the rap for his brother. He has paid and will be paying for a long time for this. He is broke. I am an avid animal rights person; however, I also believe in forgiveness. I’ve seen interviews of him in which he presents himself very articulately and apologetically.

    • Vigilant

      “From what I heard, Vick took the rap for his brother. He has paid and will be paying for a long time for this. He is broke. I am an avid animal rights person; however, I also believe in forgiveness. I’ve seen interviews of him in which he presents himself very articulately and apologetically.”

      First you find an unfounded excuse for his actions (you were not on the jury, my dear), then you claim forgiveness although you say you are an avid animal rights person. Not quite so avid, certainly, when it involves political correctness, I would submit.

      Jimmy Swaggart cried, Jim Baker and Tammmy Fay cried, many have cried and acted apologetically when caught red handed in criminal actions. You must have the naiive outlook of a 10 year old if you believe the crocodile tears of those who are sorry, yes indeed very sorry, that they have been caught. Vick’s crime could have and should have affected his livelihood, and that’s what he was worried about.

      What he did fits the profile of a psychopathic personality. I’d warrant you weren’t so forgiving of Richard Speck, Jeffrey Dahmer, et. al.

      • Cathy

        You’re an animal rights activist and you can forgive Vick? I think not.

        I’ve seen his interviews. He is NOT sorry about what he did, only sorry he got caught. If you studied body language like I do, you would know this. Remorseful? Not one freakin’ bit.

        And he should not have been allowed back in the NFL. If I had done something like that, I’d be driving a cab or washing dishes. Oh wait, you can’t drive a cab here in Vegas if you’re an ex-felon. Bring on the soap…

        • independant thinker

          It is quite possible for an animal lover or animal rights activist to forgive Vick. I am currently careing for more animals than you have probably ever owned unless you are a farmer and all were mistreated and/or abandoned. I can forgive him and do while remembering he has not had time to prove his sincerity in changing.

        • Claire

          Cathy–heck no, Vick is not sorry for what he did. You can tell it by his facial expressions, body language. He doesn’t give a crap.

    • Claire

      Karolyn–I am not impressed with him now nor will I ever be.

    • clh

      Vick IS NOT Broke. He refused to sell all his assets and is making 2 million a year. I would like to be that broke. I do dog rescue and it is people like him that deserve the punishment for the crime. Put the ass in a ring with another contestant and if he doesn’t do well, beat him to death and throw him out back in the pit with the other losers.

  • jopa

    That Vick is a true scumbag and also that kid of Mike Huckabee.The on that was taking his neighbors cats and dogs and cutting them into pieces while they were still alive. Whatever happened to him? That’s how Jeffrey Dahmer got his start.

  • Sneddog

    I don’t think it’s right that Vick should have been allowed back in the NFL. If Bernie Madoff, if he ever gets out, will never be able to go back into stocks, or any financial type of business. Anyone one of us if we were convicted of such a heinous crime we’d end up a dish washer at McDonalds or some thing like that. Vick should have been banned from all professional sports especially football. What kind of example does it set for the youngsters of this country. we are basically telling them “It’s OK to to be cruel to animals and torture them. If you get caught you may get a short time out in jail, but when you come out you can go back to being an over paid a$$” Same thing with drugs. I think these pro athletes should hold themselves to a higher standard because they are role models for our youth, like it or not.

    • libertytrain

      well they are talking football so all rules for what is right and proper are off.

  • Mick

    Karolyn says:
    December 30, 2010 at 10:04 am
    From what I heard, Vick took the rap for his brother. He has paid and will be paying for a long time for this. He is broke. I am an avid animal rights person; however, I also believe in forgiveness. I’ve seen interviews of him in which he presents himself very articulately and apologetically.

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    Have you ever heard of the saying ” birds of a feather flocks together ” the unscrupulous characters have no problem fooling the liberal mind and Karolyn don’t you know that people of that caliber are usually very articulate, it’s the main ingredient to fool people like you ,look how well it worked for obama…………..

    • Karolyn

      I always look for the good, Mick.

      • Vigilant

        And you are the only one so far to find anything good about an animal abuser.

        • Claire

          Karolyn may think differently if her dog was stolen by people and used as bait for a dog fighting ring. It happens in this area quite frequently. This is one reason I do not leave my dogs outside unattended. My husband and I watch them like hawks.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Claire,
            Same here! My dog goes out at nite, I’m with him!! not only because of the human(?) element, but we have coyotes here in Eastlake as well!!! Also Deer, I had a ten point buck standing right in my front yard!!

          • Claire

            JoeH–Good for you–there was a coyote living near the bike trail last spring. He had an injured leg, and stayed for a couple of months–then early one morning I saw him trotting down the trail heading west and I never saw him again. A few of the neighbors put out food for him, and boy did I keep an eye on my dogs.
            A couple of years ago, a doe was downtown, but she got away.

      • Claire

        I look for the good in people too, BUT EVERY PERSON HAS A CHOICE AS TO HOW THEY WANT TO CONDUCT THEIR LIFE. I said I was hard-nose on this issue of criminal behavior and I meant every word I said.

        • Claire

          Another thing I want to tell all of you–I posted it the other night. Two ladies from town went to Vick’s house and rescued some of the dogs. Do you want to hear what Vick and his vermin cohorts did to these dogs? They CUT OFF THEIR EARS so that the dogs they were fighting could not get ahold of the ears. This way the dogs WENT FOR THE THROAT immediately. They stole and acquired all kinds of dogs to use as BAIT. These pit bulls literally tore these defenseless dogs to shreds!! The pit bulls with the most quick kills were the “champions.” The lowlife participants bet money on which pit bull could kill the quickest. People that do this are not human, they are VERMIN!! I am filled with disgust for Vick and his sicko people that helped him with this evilness. If any of you want to think I am full of hate, then so be it. I know evil when I see it and this is pure evil–this is also HATE!!! I am honked off and I will never forgive Vick and his filthy cohorts. They should rot in jail. Didn’t Vick receive a three-year sentence? He only had to stay in jail for 18 months. So don’t tell me this is fair and I should forgive evil. I will never forgive evil.

          • libertytrain

            I’m with you on this one. He may be entitled to get a life back after he served his small amount of time BUT I don’t see why he’s been rewarded with celebrity status again after what he did – yet he has been – why? With even the obama basically singing his praises. Makes no sense.

          • Claire

            libertytrain–I was appalled when I heard that Obama called the nFL and spoke praise for Vick. Then he told his press people so that it would be announced to the public. I think this entire stunt has backfired, as it should. Another item–look at all the presidents that “pardon” some of these people when they leave office. What is this all about and what is the good of it? Sure, there may be some wrongly convicted but it should be proven beyond the shadow of a doubt. I always think–if I ended up in jail, would they pardon me? No.

          • libertytrain

            Oh I so agree. It only give more credence to what Bob Livingston and so many others posting here have said. Look at his staff, look at the kind of people he “respects and admires” – what kind of evil really lurks in that white house he temporarily resides in. That house will need a good thorough “spiritual” cleansing. :)

      • meteorlady

        So what was good about killing dogs and training them to fight and be maimed and badly injured? What is right about holding this person up as a role model to millions of youth? What’s right about doing this when you have a family and youth look up to you?

        Vick is rebuilding his image according to his handlers and he will continue to appear contrite and articulate as long as people like you believe him. He needs sponsors and right now they are afraid to hire him – that’s the bottom line here.

        Sorry- can’t find any good in that at all.

  • Mick

    Karolyn says:
    December 30, 2010 at 10:42 am
    I always look for the good, Mick.

    ***************************************
    Karolyn,,,,Looking for the good used to be very honorable in a decent society, it’s unfortunately no longer the case, it comes a time when people should be facing the bad or suffer the consequences, it’s not looking good.

  • crystal

    Obama would have made more sense if he would have congratualted the Eagles when they FIRST hired Vick, not when Vick becomes popular due to talented playing. I guess it’s true, everybody (every lame minded everybody) loves a winner.

    • meteorlady

      Yup – never waste a good chance to gain attention. What about Ben? Does he support that he got off and is still working?

  • http://com i41

    I am an animal rights supporter. I like to raise and eat livestock all the time, Between Onumnutt and Vick there is a hardwired fact, their ancestors practiced canniblism and likd tribalism behavior, and I almost forget ate dogs and are black. If Vick would have don’t the humanitarian thing and taken the dogs to a reservation or to the WH, it coukd have been a culture feast for several groups. Onumnuttts got back to his hertatige with his background of Islam, with a prayer rug gathering. Dag meat is very lean, is high in protein, and is oveinvor. UM UM UM for the marxist muslim moron and the other organism just subistitute a vine for a football. In 2000 most football teams are made up of convicted felons, as the Broncos were. Onumnutts is just reaching out to his bros and fellow crrimminal crooks like Rangel, Daschle, Geithner, and Whorehound Clinton.

  • Doug

    I was born and raised in the Philadelphia area and WAS an Eagles fan for many years. When I learned that they signed dog-killer Vick, I immediately stopped rooting for them and never will again! Imagine me, a lifetime (formerly) fan, rooting for the Cowboys twice a year!!! I bet that Obozo won’t forgive Big Ben!

    • Bill

      Doug,

      You are to be commended on your decision to put principal before loyalty. Giving up support for your team, that has been a part of your life for so long, isn’t easy. I can’t wait until the Eagles get knocked out of the playoffs!

  • meteorlady

    Right – Vick would have found another job where he not looked up to by the youth of this country. I believe that Vick knew he was wrong and still does not think that a dog is something special in your life. If he had a chance and didn’t need his high paying sports job, he would probably be doing the same thing again.

    Sorry, I don’t believe that someone with his background should be in a position to influence youth.

    • Claire

      meteorlady–I agree. I sure wouldn’t want my kids to think of him as an honorable person.

  • RAH-RAH

    Karolyn,
    Saying Michael Vick took the rap for his brother is the most unrealistic thing I’ve read here today. Why would he give up a multi-million dollar career to “Take the rap for his brother”? The fact that a convicted felon was allowed back into one of the most corrupt professional sports is what’s mind-boggling! And to allow him to again make his multi-million dollar salary is even worse. Whoever said we should stop paying the astronomical price for a ticket to watch ANY pro team play, had it right. Pro athletes and entertainers are all so far over paid, it’s unreal, especially when you realize what our troops are paid for the constant danger they face each day. America has “Hero” worshipped athletes and entertainers far too long. It’s time for a change!!

  • RAH-RAH

    Meteorlady,
    Professional athletes (most of them, that is) could care less about who they influence! They are in it ONLY for the money, and as long as the American people are willing to pay the price of admission to a ball game, they will continue to make the mega-bucks, and continue to get away with many crimes you and I would spend years in prison for committing! We bring all this type of thing upon ourselves for being so naive!

  • George Halepis

    What in the hell is wrong with you people? You call yourselves Christians? “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone”. Sound familiar? Our Founding Fathers were slavemasters, for God’s sake! Do you not understand that human beings can be conditioned to accept anything? But they still gave us the greatest nation in the history of the world! Michael Vick was conditioned to participate in the “sport” of dog fighting from the age of eight! How many of you have thrown off whatever conditioning you received at that age? Look at the “sport” of bull fighting! Is that any less monstrous than dog fighting? How about Tiger Woods? What should we do with him? He did what I suspect a lot of us would do if we were in a position to do so and get away with it! Come on, folks: how about we look deep within ourselves for the source of all this venom? “Methinks these people doth protest too much”, to paraphrase the Bard. Shame on you!

    • Claire

      And shame on you. I was poor as heck when I was a kid but I had a Mother that taught my two sisters and I right from wrong. She told us that every person has a choice in life–to be a good citizen or a criminal. I opted to be a good citizen. And so did my sisters. My point is–we have choices, it doesn’t matter what kind of background a person has, we can be evil or we can be decent people. Vick had a choice but he was too damn lazy to make it.

  • Bill

    A typical response from the sentiment of a society that no longer believes in personal accountability. A mentality of entitlement, no longer upholding values that made us the great society we once were.Poor Vick, he was raised that way. Maybe, but as an adult he is still accountable for knowing the laws of the country he is a citizen in. The people protest too much? Me thinks they don’t protest enough!

  • S.C.Murf

    First off they say that he ran a dog fighting establishment, they don’t call him a dog killer, they don’t call him an animal abuser, just dog fighting. This is BullS#!+. He has been doing this for years, how many dogs died from his hands alone. And now we allow him to make millions and become idolized by our children. May GOD have mercy on ALL of our souls

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  • Ellet

    The viciousness that Michael Vick perpetrated on those dogs can never be condoned or forgiven. Hes should have spend 3 times as much time in prison and never returned back to the field of sports. He isn’t doing anything more than 1000′s of others can’t if given the chance. He is just back where he was before making big money off the sports crowd. If things were right no one in sports who do drugs, vicious things should never be allowed back into sports where they can corrupt our youth. There are good people in the wings just waiting to take their place.
    It has been proven that people like Vick who commit these vicious acts on animals are also very likely to do the same to humans.

    • JC

      Correct. They’re called sociopaths.

    • Claire

      Ellet—your lsat sentence speaks volumes.

      • Claire

        Ellet–I better slow down– “last”

    • libertytrain

      Amen. These are not a humane people, these are sick demonic asses.

  • Raggs

    I have to wonder if this was a white guy?

    • Claire

      Raggs–Here in Illinois, neither whites nor blacks receive the punishment they should get.

  • Bill

    Race is irrelevant.Abuse, and murder are still crimes against society regardless of the color of your skin.

    • Claire

      Bill — Race is irrevelant. There are many lowlife white people that participate in dog fighting. And this is a fact.

      • Bill

        And they should receive the same punishment.No more,no less.

        • Claire

          Agreed.

  • eddie47d

    Michael Vicks is an animal abuser and deserved his punishment although 5 years would have been better. I don’t think he should have gone back to football where his image influences too many people. I also believe in forgiveness and redemption as the Bible points out. Such as what Chuck Colson has done with his life and how he is changing the lives of others. He is President of Prison Fellowship which helps ex-cons set their life straight. The recidivism rate of those who follow his conservative Christian beliefs is a positive step for society. At what point do we allow anyone to move on with his/her life? Once time is serve we should help these people get on with their lives and to make sure they don’t repeat their crimes. I don’t believe Vick earned his place back on the football team and should have been more accountable for his actions. So it was just too soon.

    • JimH

      What Vick did is wrong. I don’t know why a pro football player would risk a good career, that is paying well, to get a few measly bucks that the dog fighting brought in. He dosn’t seem to be to bright. The people I also wonder about, are the goons that attend the fights and place the bets. Without them there would be no insentive to fight these dogs. When these dog fights are busted, I believe the spectators should be punished too. I also wonder about the Eagles decision to hire him. There are other quarterbacks out there that are as good or better. They are also more worthy to play. Why risk loosing the fans, they should have known they would loose bringing him on. They don’t seem to be to bright either.

  • Cella

    He was guilty. he went to jail and paid society for his crime. If I recall Martha is back working, has a new show on tv. Case over…

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Cella,
      You miss the big difference. Martha killed nothing or nobody!!! It was totally a white collar crime!!

      • independant thinker

        Martha was prosecuted and convicted because she is Martha no other reason.

      • Claire

        JoeH–You are correct. Martha? She was convicted and rightly so, same with Vick.

    • libertytrain

      no, he can play football and whether he murdered dogs or a person, rich guys pay for guys to play football. And rich guys contribute to Political campaigns and if obama can brown nose a rich guy, he will and did. Ah the brown-nosing of a league owner…just the beginning of the political campaign for obama. He’s got to kiss a lot of rears right now.

      • Claire

        libertytrain—Typical politician. And you can bet he will kiss a lot of rears. They all do. Old Rahm is very busy kissing rears right now. Especially now that it has been “ruled” he can run as a legitimate candidate. I hope he gets beat. The people I know can’t stand him. But you know Chicago. I am glad I don’t live there. I hope the people that received a “dead fish” from him mailed it right back to him. I know I would.

  • vailbunny

    Let’s see – this guy went back to a million dollar house (or was it several?) a career and people that adore him. He is making millions of dollars a year. The fact that he gets all this back, despite this heinous crime, is sick enough but when the prez calls him…….Let’s not forgot the crime. He raised pit bulls for the fighting ring. When they lost, he killed them – by shooting, stabbing, etc. They suffered at his hand. The only reason he is not still doing this is because he was caught. The prez does not do anything without a reason behind it. I do not doubt that this is because he wants convicted felons to get their voting rights back. Heare’s a novel idea: if people want to keep their voting rights, DON’T BREAK THE LAW!”

  • jopa

    That Michael Vick is as bad as that Bush and Chaney in the way they allowed the treatment of human beings during their regime.We have a place for that kind of scum and it’s called Gitmo.Lock them up and throw away the key.

  • jopa

    PS; Vick was given the OK by the SPCA to own dogs again about a week ago.

  • Bill

    All dogs and dog lovers around the world rejoice Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles got knocked out of the playoffs as I predicted they would on December 30, 2010 !!

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