President Obama is riding the Michael Vick bandwagon. The President called Jeffrey Lurie –the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles– and congratulated him and the team for giving Vick a second chance after his prison stint for dogfighting.
NBC’s Peter King says Lurie told him that “the president was passionate about the fact that it’s rarely a level playing field for prisoners once they leave jail. And he said the message was, what the Eagles had done with Vick was important for society.” Um, okay, I’ll agree with the prez but you can’t just go hiring prisoners all willy nilly and such. Anyway, critics say (cuz they always got somethin’ to say) that Obama’s call should have come a year ago when the Eagles first signed Vick.
Meanwhile, a White House spokesman now says the President called Lurie in the first place to talk about using alternative energy at Lincoln Financial Field, where the Eagles play, and Vick came up during that conversation. Sounds like there’s some damage control going on there…darn PETA people…
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Vick won the Ed Block Courage Award, voted on by his teammates on the Philadelphia Eagles, months after his return to the field. Vick took a shall we say “hiatus” for 18 months in a federal prison for running a dog fighting ring.
The vote among Vick’s fellow Eagles was unanimous. The Ed Block Award honors players who show commitment to sportsmanship and courage. Each of the 32 NFL teams selects a recipient.
Naturally, the PETA people had something to say:
The Philadelphia Eagles fumbled when they gave Michael Vick the Ed Block Courage Award, which was named after a man who advocated in behalf of abused children. Michael Vick should not be the person anyone points to as a model of sportsmanship, even though he has now exchanged dogs for touchdowns after serving time for extreme cruelty to animals. We wish him well in educating others, but this is not appropriate and does not mark a joyous moment in NFL history.
Vick has taken his anti-dog fighting message to schools through his work with the Humane Society. As an avid dog-lover, I hate what Vick did. But at some point, you have to move on, right? So, when will PETA follow suit?
Posted by Elphaba Of The Brew | Posted in michael vick | Posted on 08-12-2009
He seems sincere in what he’s saying, at least to me anyway. But alas I’m certain there are still people who would rather see him bent over with a Jeep Wrangler shoved up his ass……… Oh well Vick, can’t please everyone…..
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