Obama says Vick deserves second chance

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 8:26 EDT
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US President Barack Obama says disgraced National Football League quarterback Michael Vick deserves a second chance after serving a jail sentence for his involvement in a dog-fighting ring.

White House spokesman Bill Burton says the president told Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie that people in Vick’s position should be able to contribute to society once they have served time in jail for their crimes.

Vick served 18 months after being convicted in connection with a dog-fighting ring. The president also added he condemns the crime Vick was charged with.

Vick signed with Philadelphia last year and helped lead the Eagles to this year’s National Football League playoffs.

The Eagles next game is Tuesday after a winter storm in the Philadelphia area dropped 12 inches of snow on the ground Sunday.

It will mark the first Tuesday NFL game in over 60 years.

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