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May 21st, 2009
10:05 AM ET

Does Michael Vick deserve a second chance?

Michael Vick was released from a federal prison on Wednesday. File photo.

Michael Vick was released from a federal prison on Wednesday. File photo.

From CNN's Carol Costello and Ronni Berke

Does Michael Vick deserve a second chance? The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback's agent says the National Football League could reinstate Vick by September - but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said the NFL won't do that until Vick shows "genuine remorse."

The problem is no one knows what that means. And the NFL isn't saying.

But there are some who say Vick has already paid his dues, and deserves another shot at a 140-million dollar contract. Others say even humiliation, prison, and 3.7 million dollars-plus in legal fees are not nearly enough.

At Atlanta's sports radio "790 The Zone," football fans who once revered Vick called in to say he's paid his dues. After all, they say, the quarterback did show remorse before he went to prison for 21 months.

In August, 2007, Vick appeared at a press conference and announced "...I want to apologize for all things that I've done."

But for the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - or PETA – Vick's apologies don't add up to "genuine remorse." PETA wants Vick to undergo a brain scan–to see if he's capable of remorse.

PETA spokesperson Dan Shannon says his group believes Vick "has lost the privilege of having his remorse, if he does choose to express it, taken at face value and we feel that we do need to see some evidence that he's capable of it and that he's genuine before it can be taken seriously."

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May 21st, 2009
09:45 AM ET
May 21st, 2009
06:41 AM ET

What's on tap – Thursday May 21, 2009

Hello everyone,

We're following several developing stories right now. We'll break them down for you this morning.

  • A terror plot foiled in New York City. This morning, details about the plan to bomb a synagogue and shoot down U.S. fighter jets. And the incredible story of how the feds kept it from happening.
  • Also developing right now – new clues in the search for a 13-year-old cancer patient on the run with his mother. She's refusing to treat him with the conventional medicine doctors say could save his life. But this morning, authorities are hoping for a break as they ramp up their search and move the focus to California.
  • Plus, talking terror. President Obama set to deliver a major speech on national security today. But it won't be the only one. His biggest critic on the issue – former Vice President Dick Cheney also addressing the issue. And this morning the sniping between administrations past and present is already underway.

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