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News: Obama Speaks on Michael Vick (Article)
HONOLULU — The White House confirmed Monday that President Barack Obama praised Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie for giving a second chance to quarterback Michael Vick, who played for the team after serving time in prison for running a dog-fighting ring.
“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,” deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton said in a statement. “He, of course, condemns the crimes that Michael Vick was convicted of, 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.”
On Monday, Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported that Lurie said Obama told him during a recent phone call that “so many people who serve time never get a fair second chance.”
Lurie reportedly described the president as “passionate about it.”
“He said it’s never a level playing field for prisoners when they get out of jail,” King said Lurie told him. “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.”
Obama’s outreach raised some eyebrows when it was presented as the purpose of his call to Lurie.
Vick pled guilty in 2007 to running a dog-fighting ring in Georgia. He served nearly two years in prison and spent time on house arrest.
After his release, Vick, who used to play for the Atlanta Falcons, was signed by the Eagles as a backup quarterback.
He has since been elevated to the starting position and led the Eagles to the playoffs.
Obama has been vocal about his belief in giving people a second chance once they’ve paid their debt to society.
The Eagles are poised to become the first team in the National Football League with a stadium that operates on alternative forms of energy.
Direct Source: Politico