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Monday
Dec272010

WH Confirms: Obama Happy Michael Vick is Getting a Second Chance

Photo Courtesy - The White House | Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- The White House confirms that President Obama called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie -- and on that call the two discussed the comeback of quarterback Michael Vick.

 “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,” White House deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton told ABC News.

The president reportedly told Lurie that he supports the second chance Vick has gotten after the quarterback spent time in jail for running a dogfighting ring.

SI.com’s Peter King reported Monday that Lurie told him the president 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.''

 Vick served nearly two years in prison and house arrest after he pled guilty in 2007 to running the “Bad Newz Kennels,” a dogfighting business that left countless dogs dismembered and dead. Vick is not legally permitted to have a dog, but he says he would like to own one in the future. His recent performance on the football field has been extraordinary and he recently told ABC News' Bob Woodruff that some of that success can be credited to his downfall.

 “I think I'm better now as a player now because God sent me to the bottom. And I'm a firm believer in karma and I think it happened because of what I did and what I allowed to happen to those animals so I was stripped of everything stripped me down to the bone of everything and you know I think I took for granted the position that I was in my life all the blessings that I had and that wasn't my purpose in life to be doing what I was doing and it was wrong,” Vick said.

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