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August 14th, 2009
06:15 AM ET

Agent: Michael Vick signs with Philadelphia Eagles

(CNN) - Michael Vick, recently reinstated to the NFL after being freed from federal prison after a dogfighting-related conviction, has signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to his agent, Joel Segal.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Michael Vick is set to join his new team on Friday, according to his agent."]

The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback reports to Philadelphia on Friday, Segal told CNN.

Details of the deal were not immediately available Thursday night.

The league suspended Vick indefinitely in August 2007 after he pleaded guilty to a federal charge of bankrolling a dogfighting operation at a home he owned in Virginia.

Vick, 29, was freed from federal prison at Leavenworth, Kansas, on May 20 and returned to his home to serve the last two months of his 23-month sentence in home confinement.

The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Thursday night in a statement it was "incredibly disappointed" at the news of Vick's signing.

"Philadelphia is a city of dog lovers and most particularly, pit bull lovers," said Susan Cosby, the organization's chief executive officer. "To root for someone who participated in the hanging, drowning, electrocution and shooting of dogs will be impossible for many, no matter how much we would all like to see the Eagles go all the way."

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  1. Al Leong

    The difference between Martha Stewart and Michael Vick is the nature of crime. One is about trust and information, the other is about violence. Redemption is about learning and change. Both are capable. 42-48% of Americans want to punish Vick further beyond the time he has spent because the penalties are not severe enough.

    August 26, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  2. Zonetha_Regret

    I have two Rhodesian Ridgebacks and I love all nice dogs. Bottom Line Michael Vick has paid his dues. Leave him alone, We all kill and eat fish,cows,chicken, deer daily just look at yourself in the mirror.He is trying to make a living like every one of us. If he was getting welfare you would still complain. If you can allow Martha Stewart to come back you better believe we will bring Mike Vick.

    August 17, 2009 at 8:34 pm |
  3. candy

    What is the difference in killing mooses, deers during the seasons. It was wrong what MV did. He served his time. LEAVE HIM ALONE! You haters hate the fact that he is on the pay roll again. Get a grip and a life..

    August 17, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  4. sandysandragooding

    I have never been a tech fan UVA actually so i am not a vick fan however he has paid the price. If people were as hard on drug dealers that kill our children as they are on Vick maybe they would get more than a slap on the hand or community service while still getting medicaid and food stamps still selling 1000"s ofdollars in drugs

    August 17, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  5. anthony

    i am ashamed of america to allow this man to go back to his profession with a signing of at least a million dollars a year. this man killed dogs with no remorse. now that he got caught and did his little time in prison, is a joke. i just saw on the news, in long beach, ca people got free dental and medical. it was for a week. so many people that, some were turned away. just because he was a star doesn't mean that he is above the rest of the people in america. why help one man with a problem, then to help thousands of people that need the help. this one milliion could be better used for the people. sports people worship these ballplayers as gods, and should realize, they are people like you and i.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  6. Belgium

    Put Michael Vick in a pen with 60 pitt bulls and tell them to attack.
    See how he feels.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  7. Dave

    Another thought for you idiots. Pete Rose bet on baseball and was not ever to be allowed into the Hall of Fame. Harsh yes, but Pete knew what he was doing was wrong and sorry he had to pay his dues to that extreme, he didn't kill or torture anything, but still laws and rules are there for a reason. Do we just forget that Vick is a Felon and go on, then why still punish Pete Rose, you know why, because then someone else will think nothing of breaking the rules and laws too, why not the other guys got away with it! What are you idiots thinking-oh that's right you aren't capable of real thought. Eat your chips and drink your Bud's and yell at the screen, that is your mental ability. What is Sports anyway? Look it up and see if the dog fighting was really a Sport as we define Sports today. The Romans crucifying slaves is not a reason for us to do the same, did we evolve or not, I am sorry to say it looks like we have not!

    August 17, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  8. Dave

    To all those second chancers. Watch the video of how Vick and his buddies purposely tortured those defenseless animals, mutilated them, electrocuted them, hung them up with piano wire- this was never just about a stupid dog fighting sport, it was a bunch of heartless sadistic inhuman idiots, that had nothing better to do. Michael Vick is sick, he has no remorse, he just wants a chance to earn a lot of money again and if he were white it would still be the same, color my play a part in some people’s views, but real dog lovers don't care if he was white or black-he is still a despicable person. Why give someone like that a second chance, he had $105Million in endorsements, did he really need to do what he did, no!-He is just plain sick, not a brain in his head to even jeopardize what he had. He bet on the dogs and lost his career, those that gamble money and lose don't get the casino to give them a second chance, and sorry he blew his one chance, which few of us ever get. What have we become in the name of Sports, but greedy, we must win at any cost, type of people. Those that want to give him a second chance are hiding behind our good nature, which says people deserve a second chance, well some do and some don’t, Vick doesn't. Can you honestly take a dog and do the things he did, needlessly to them and say he has changed. How would you doing what he did affect you? Hopefully you will understand this is not about Football, black or white, it is about “Man’s best friend” being cruelly tortured for hours for the sake of FUN! A dog is like a two year old in his ability to think, that means you don't mind torturing defenseless creatures. I am sorry, but one does not change their "spots" so easily! You talk about Football, hey it is a sport that is all- you don't play on that team, you don't contribute to their success, so what do you do, watch and that's it. So want to watch the video documentary about what this guy really went out of his way to do to those poor creatures, then let's talk! Was Hitler right to kill innocent people of all races and persuasions (especially Jews) because he thought they were subhuman- he was the subhuman. I know some will argue a dog is not a person, tell that to those who love their pets and those that rely on them for law enforcement and those that save soldiers lives and those that rely on them as seeing eye dogs, those that help a dying child in a hospital by being there to pet, etc. Come to grips with what that man did, really! Then tell me he deserves a second chance. If this guy were not famous, would you really still want to forgive and forget so easily? I know you wouldn’t! I would bet you on that!

    August 17, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  9. JEZEBEL58

    This is for the David who is having a hard time finding work sorry you are having such a hard time but all you need like Michael is for someone to give you that second chance,don't begrudge him him for that.I agree with Chipster and Gloria and read most of these comments today and is astonished about the people who are willing to boycott football because Michael will be playing.I watch football and I do have a favorite team and if I felt that way I would not stop watching alltogether, I would not watch when the Eagles are on.This is like saying he going to be playing on all the teams,how stupid.I heard somewhere that six teams were willing to give him another chance and if that's the case I say good for them.Yes,he did something horrendous and all those people who talk about christianity are a bunch of phonies because God says that we should forgive and ,but we could never forget but by forgiving we all would feel the hate off our chests and would be able to breathe because this is vindictiveness and pure racism and on your part.I thought the United States of America was a changed country being the 21st century and all but all these people have to hear is someone other than a white person committing a crime and there they are with their comments.All the anger and rage spewed because of who is in the white house trying to do better but any excuse to vent.Remember U.S.A,the U stands for UNITED.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  10. Amos Morris

    First, I make my living protecting and taking care of animals. I've worked for the last 22 years being around all different species of animals and would sacrifice almost anything for their wellbeing. I'm also a humanbeing cable of making mistakes. I do believe someone can recognize when they have done something incredibly wrong and make a decision not to do it again. Sometimes being locked up for just a day can change a person. Although I think wildlife and animal violations are not strong enough, I believe he has done his time and should be given a second chance. Many people assume the worst in people. Why not assume the best and if he proves us wrong he should be restricted from any activity that results in income from being in the public eye and sent back to prison. In addition, I hope he is placing some of his money and time in the care of animals. Many positive lesson can be learned from sharing time with animals.

    August 17, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  11. Delores Vaughn

    I am appalled at the comments regarding Michael Vick. I am a 66 year old senior citizen and have lived long enough to watch this country evolve vrom white only signs to thinking that dogs are more valuable than a Black man! It is astonishing that some people have actually lost their respect for humanity to the point where they can have such unchristian viewpoints of unforgiveness. It has been alright to desrespect our President and kill Black people as long as the country has been in existance (many times without anyone having to give up their employment, assets or be incarcerated for it). I trully am getting a good look at the "ugly Americans" and for the millionth time in my life I am very ashamed of my country. Yes I am a Black woman and a Christian. The only thing I can think of that closely relates to this situation is when our President toured the castle in Ghana which was the last stop before slaves were put on ships to travel to other countries to be sold. This very intelligent, gifted and spiritual man stated: It is very ironic that whoever built this place also included a chapel over the caverns where they stored the slaves so they would have a place to hold church service and worship a true and living God right over their heads.

    Still ashamed of a 'great country'

    August 17, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  12. Dexter

    I understand Mr. Vick has paid his dues for dog-fighting. What I don't agree with is, him having a felon being allowed to get his job back and paid millions. This gives new meaning to "Brotherly Love" in Philly.

    August 17, 2009 at 9:05 am |
  13. Eric Longstaff

    I want to forgive but his crimes are so horrific. What kind of person drowns, hangs and electrocutes dogs? Certainly 23 months under house arrest doesn't seem like a fair sentence. I don't thing a celebrity or the average person deserves such short a sentence. It just gave Michael enough time to think about not playing football and making money. That's the only remorse he has, he got caught.

    If he wants my forgiveness and is truly sorry for hurting animals he can step up to the plate and truly do something. Put your money where you mouth is. Why not donate at least half you salary to the SPCA and/or Humane Society and continue to do PSA spots to educate people about animal care?

    August 17, 2009 at 9:01 am |
  14. Dexter

    I understand Mr. Vick has paid his dues for dog fighting. What I don't agree with is, him having a felon being allowed to get his job back and to add insult to injury, paid millions.

    August 17, 2009 at 9:00 am |
  15. Kathy

    Isn't it ironic that Michael Vick served more prison time than some folks get for the murder of a human being. While what he did was truly gruesome it amazes me how outraged some are over the torture and abuse of animals when they don't blink an eye about real atrocities going on in the world. He paid a huge price for his ignorance but he's done his time. Move on and focus on the real tragedies that are going on in this country every day.

    August 17, 2009 at 8:59 am |
  16. Patti Peressini

    Michael Vick murdered and tortured completely innocent animals with his bare hands. I would love to believe he has found God and is truly changed. I think $1 million and a chance to get his life back are speaking a lot louder than his remorse. He has a long way to go before anyone believes a word he says.

    August 17, 2009 at 7:51 am |
  17. JD Hamilton

    Once a killer... and I never trust anyone who claims "Religion". It's the unassailable refuge of liars.

    August 17, 2009 at 7:46 am |
  18. Gloria

    As a grandmother and an Eagel fan for as long as I can remember, I am absolutely thrilled that Michael Vick is here in Philadelphia. I
    I've had several nasty experiences with Pit Bulls and may be prejudice but feel Michael paid the price for his ignorance. I think if Vick works hard and follows the rules of the team, he will be a good example that one can change and it will be an exciting season. Some football fans should try and change their bad habits while in the stadium during the games too! American seems to have a hypocritcal double standard. We enjoy watching and encouraging violence and then seemed so shocked when it becomes a true reality. How much better are we then, when we cannot forgive.

    August 17, 2009 at 7:29 am |
  19. Michelle

    Anyone who can support the decision to reinstate Michael Vick cannot possibly be an animal owner or lover of animals. If he didn't get caught he would still be doing it and now he making millions. I'm ashamed of the society we live in.

    August 17, 2009 at 7:07 am |
  20. Jeffrey

    If Vick doesn't perform well is he going to be electrocuted, beat, and drowned?

    The Eagles ought to be ashamed for allowing him back on the field.

    August 16, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  21. Margaret

    Why shouldn't Michael Vick be allowed to pursue his lively hood. He's severed time for the crime he committed already! I worked for a shelter for battered women and children and witnessed time after time, how CONVICTED male perpetrators,walk away from the courts with a mere "slap on the hand". I think that those men and judges are ILL!!!
    Why isn't there more of an outcry of injustice for the criminals who continually commit crimes of that nature! Where is the outcry for those victims! When did we become a nation that values the life of animals, more the Human life! I guess that mind set began when people of wealth, made it fashionable, to spend thousands of dollars to don their pets, with expensive clothing and diamonds vs. Spending some of those funds to feed and/house a needy family! To me, that doesn't say much for our country's' moral fabric.

    August 16, 2009 at 7:46 am |
  22. Elijah

    Give me a break! Dogs are animals which should be treated kindly however Dog fighting like Wrestling,Boxing is a Sport.Not Legal I must add however a sport for the wealthy.I've seen many shows about illegal dog fighting however none have gone to jail.None the less Vick was caught,Pleeded Guilty(Dumb advice in my opinion) served his time and now seeks redemption.He deserves the chance no matter how you feel about Dogs and there treatment.If you're so concerned what about the Cruelty to animals, what about Cruelty to humans during "SLAVERY"?.Hipocrites you all.

    August 16, 2009 at 5:37 am |
  23. betty heiser

    Has served his time, learned how inhumane it is to harm animals, and can use his noteriatey to get this message out to the public. The Eagles have made a marvelous choice.

    August 15, 2009 at 3:50 pm |

    Why is it illegal to have dog fights that kills dogs, while it is legal to have abortion clinics that kills human babies.

    August 15, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  25. David Palomares

    I work on a dog rescue ranch down here in Lake Chapala Mexico
    Lake Chapala Spay & Neuter Society we take in dogs that have been kicked to the curb we house them feed them spay and neuter them we don't put them down unless they go down on their own. Some of these dogs have done more time then Vick had done and all they did was to be brought into this world.
    You can not believe some of the horror stories that have brought these dogs to our attention.

    Michael Vick deserves a second chance 'In Hell'.

    If he did sign a contract it should read that he should contribute all proceeds to animals in need not to a garish life stile of mansions cars and matching sets of diamond earrings that should be worn by his mother or sister.
    I always get a kick out of these football players a mans, man game but yet here they are wearing diamond earrings bigger then those of Elizabeth Taylor's ;]

    August 15, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  26. Barbara Murdock

    This is the first time in my 66 years that I have ever commented on a current event but this is so reprehensible that I now must.
    Michael Vick is capable of horrendous acts that, thankfully, most people are not. I am a football fan but will not watch a game in which this monster participates. The question must be asked – what does this say about the Eagle organization!

    August 15, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  27. Chipster

    Mr. Vick's actions were despicable, ignorant, and illegal. However, he has served his time and deserves an opportunity to prove that he has learned a lesson. Who among us has not made mistakes?

    I hope he has learned a great lesson and proves that his heart is healed.

    We seem to be carrying a great deal of anger, hatred, and fear in our hearts these days. Maybe, like Mr. Vick, we need the opportunity to prove that we deserve a chance to prove to God that we deserve His grace.

    August 15, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  28. MrC59

    Vick did his time for his crime. He should be forking out part of these $ to the humansociety. Let say ten percent !!! BUT no one raised a stink about a NFL player that killed a person(s) in a dui collision. He only got 2 months in jail. If he even did that ? NOW WHAT !!!!!

    August 15, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  29. Stephon

    What is the different between a white man going hunting and a black man fight dogs. I understand that dog fighting is illegal but Vick went to jail to pay his debt. Why is no one asking about the players that hunt like Bret Favre. I never been shot but I know that bullets and arrows hurt. Stop picking one without picking the other because both are animal cruelty.

    August 15, 2009 at 5:59 am |
  30. jay m

    Will they boycott him if he made $75,000.00 a year, it's all about the money isn't it.

    August 14, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  31. Jason

    Not only is there no place in the N.F.L. for Michael vick in my opinion, There's no place in this world for Michael Vick. Just goes to show that the N.F.L Has zero moral value and cares only for there own profits. For far to long the N.F.L has turned a blind eye to the indescretions of the people that they make hero's and role models of. It scares me to think that Michael Vick can commit such an attrocious act , do a short time in a federal country club and then go right back to being a role model for children. I'm as of this moment boycotting the N.F.L and any and all of their affiliates. I'll Burn all of my N.F.L Gear and accessories and from this moment on the N.F.L will make nothing off of Me! I only hope that someone gets a shot off at Mr. Vick that does irrepairable damage to him physically. Death is to good for him. I would loke to see him completely paralized from the neck down so he can live a long life contemplating what he is responsible for. Where's P.E.T.A when it really matters. BOYCOTT THE N.F.L!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  32. cheryl

    He did the crime, he served his time. I think he should have to be an ambassador for PETA, Humane Society, for the rest of his life. We are not the final judge and jury. If you don't like that he's playing football don't support the NFL, the Eagles, turn the channel, don't buy NFL related merchandise. Support your local Animal Shelter, get out and volunteer to some organization, show your children what it is to be Human. Animals are living, breathing, feeling creatures that we share this earth with. We have to be their for voice for stupid idiots like Michael Vick that don't have any compassion for life in all shapes and forms. It's all about the dollar, we should forgive him, but shame on us if we forget.

    August 14, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  33. nancy

    @ "Jim Hart August 14th, 2009 7:32 am ET

    I think the critical point of this debate is not about “redemption” or “remorse.” The point you are failing to make concerning this is that Michael Vick is a CONVICTED FELON. Felons are not allowed to vote (among other things). It seems to me the question should be: “Should convicted felons be allowed to play professional sports in the USA?”

    And let’s not forget that he also failed a drug test while he was on bail for his upcoming trial. Has this been mentioned?"

    Excellent point Jim Hart!! Sure if he needs a job, let his scoop poop @ an Animal shelter. The NFL shouldn't have touched him with a 10' pole. He can flip burgers at his local fast food joint. It's all about the MONEY. I would like to see how he felt if someone did to him what he did to the dogs. Shameful.

    August 14, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  34. Al Leong Toronto

    Please write your senator to enact new legislation to ban convicted criminals or institute a salary cap of FELONS from high profile, high-responsibility jobs until they are proven.

    Otherwise, dogfighters and criminals just laugh and say, "I'd rather commit a crime, pay 2 million dollars and play football, than to get $400k and lead the United States. HAHAHHAHAHAHAH"

    How wrong is this?

    Start here:
    District Office
    Rockland Professional Center
    1940 N. 13th St., Suite 232
    Reading, PA 19604
    Phone: (610) 929-2151 | Fax: (610) 929-2576

    Harrisburg Office
    Senate Box 203011
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-3011
    Phone: (717) 787-8925 | Fax: (717) 772-0578

    August 14, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  35. Al Leong Toronto

    Should a convicted felon be able to earn more than a sitting US President just out of jail? $1 MM out the gate? $5.2 MM in the 2nd year right out of jail?

    Something wrong here?

    Power=responsibility. Is this really just his 2nd chance? or is there more?

    August 14, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  36. TERESA

    My wish for Mr. Vick is that he finds a wonderful bridge to live under. The fact that he's millions in debt just warms my heart!

    As for the NFL, they'll never see another nickel of my money! Gone are the days when I purchase NFL jerseys and spend the equivilent of a small country's GDP to attend a game, and all that goes with it (parking, food, drinks, etc.)

    Hmmm, isn't tortouring animals the way serial killers begin their careers?

    August 14, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  37. Mason

    I wonder if all these people despising Vick ate chicken, pork, or beef this morning, or ever participated in sport hunting? Humans are cruel to animals every day, and no one cares about it. I wonder if anyone is this up in arms about Sarah Palin shooting wolves from a helicopter...

    I'm completely against dog fighting, and I supported Vick going to jail. He served his time, and now he's getting a second chance. Isn't that the point of the legal/justice system? If Vick doesn't deserve that, then we should just put people in prison for life for any serious crime committed.

    August 14, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  38. Virginia Mchugh

    Now that Mr. Vick is back making the big money, perhaps he should contriubute a chunk to the American Human Society to show his heart and head is in the spot. Reverse what you have done now that you know it was wrong. There is more to a crime than just spending time in jail.

    August 14, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  39. dan

    he had it all and screwed no second chance just because hes a celebrty pay the price no eagle football in this house

    August 14, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  40. Susie

    There is a good book I know that says something about those without sin casting the first stone. Who is without sin on this blog and/or reading this blog? I am certain you are the ones to throw stones of negativity!!!!!

    August 14, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  41. john glapion

    alot of envious and bitter people what no love or compassion in their heart would love to see mike vick life destroyed. Nothing would give them greater pleasure than seeing mike eating out of a dumpster behind a chicken joint on a rainy day. Even thoungh it was a terrible crime he commited, theres alot of good that can come out of this. Just by him being MIKE VICK! and speaking to youg kids about animal abuse can help animal more that just destroying his career. I myself feel as if he's sincere about working with the humane society and in the inner cities making kids aware of animal abuse. Nothing would bring a smile to my face and joy in my heart like seeing MIKE VICK the NFL STAR making hundreds of kids aware of animal abuse. Helping them to not make the same mistakes he made, and teaching them how to love and respect all living creatures. Rather than seeing him behind the dumpster. I forgive MIKE VICK this time.

    August 14, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  42. George

    For everyone who now hates the Eagles....That is IRRATIONAL. Now you hate a team with people on it who have never met Michael Vick. That is so ridiculous. That's like my hating Russia because their team beat ours in basketball or something. Silly and childish! This is how silly the populace has become. Well, let me join irrationality on the other side. I can not wait to negate one of you hate filled people. Where do I find an Eagle/Vick jersey?

    August 14, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  43. George

    Many industries have a zero tolerance for employment of convicted felons, such as security services, real estate, insurance, securities, etc. I think the NFL should adopt a zero tolerance policy. Yes, Michael Vick deserves a second chance but not in the NFL. I'm sick of seeing athletes, supposed role models for kids, being babied by our society. If many other professions require good behavior for continued employment then so should the NFL. The Eagles decision only reinforces the message there are certain people for whom the rules do not apply.

    August 14, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  44. Jo

    The question was asked – -Is Michael Vick sincere about his regrets and working on changing his life and having compassion for animals? – – – Obviously, Michael Vick is very sincere about wanting to stay out of prison and play football – – -other things remain to be seen!

    August 14, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  45. Ron Dageno

    Bad decision , Monster Vick dont deserve to be playing,
    he is a cruel individual with no respect for animals ,
    No more NFL for me ,

    August 14, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  46. Nate G.

    The man paid his debt to society, let him play. We are all about giving second chances (or third and fourth chances, for that matter) for newly released criminals. If he does it again he goes to jail again. As for him being a role model, well with steroids in baseball, rape and drug charges in basketball, gang activity in the NFL, anyone who has a sports star as a role model these days is an idiot. Real role models include: Justice Sotomayor, President Obama, Walter Cronkite, bill gates and so on. That should end the debate right there, Period end of story

    August 14, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  47. Faith

    The absolute outrage that I harbor is not for having committed a crime but for the cruelty of the acts that constitute the crime. That Vick could engage – for fun and pleasure – in acts that inflicted severe injury and painful death on innocent dogs is heinous and yes, unforgivable. I am a Pennsylvania native and live in a football town, and yet the Eagles will not be watched in my home, my restaurant or in my hotel this year. I will also do everything I can to avoid patronizing any sponsor of the Eagles. This is a sad day for football and a blemish on the Eagles that will remain a life-long scar long after Vick is finally gone.

    August 14, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  48. LaVelle

    "Happy Times AGAIN"

    I am so happy Vick is back. And I am so happy to see the ignorant racist people get even more upset because Vick is back. You want to protest dogfighting but why are you not you protesting the killing of deers and other animals for game? Where was the outrage when Stallworth killed a man, where you outside protesting him because he only has a 1 year supension. Do you even know what I am talking about. What about Big Ben for the Steelers and the alleged rape. You were so quick to judge Kobe but he gets the pass? America is filled with so many ignorant fake people. The only reason why so many people were mad at Vick was because Vick is an African American QB who had the highest paid Salary.
    Thats why I am so happy Obama won and kobe won a championship. The time for hatred has come to an end and the racist ignorant people in the country will become outcasts. You can try as hard as you want to bring the black man down but its not going to happen. And now people are protesting without knowing any facts about Obama's Healthcare, these are the same people who are upset because Obama won in the first place and I wish CNN would just be honest, but noooo they are too afraid. They let the likes of Lou Dobbs take over. That is why you need to watch Msnbc at least you can learn something and you will see the truth about the Republican scare tactics. Some old people actually believe Obama is trying to kill them. What a joke! I am truly happy Change is coming to this country and I knew that the angry white americans would come full force to stop Barack's plans. But try as you might, we will prevail in the end. Happy times are back again.

    August 14, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  49. Will

    OMG!!! I cannot believe the NFL let this despicable, heartless, dog killing, excuse for a human being back into a sport where there is a possibility of him being a roll model for even 1 person.
    There is nothing, this killer of innocent animals, could ever do to "fix" what he has done.
    He should never be allowed to participate in any public supported event – EVER!!!

    I cannot believe people are actually saying "He learned his lesson" or "he did his time".
    I do not buy it – Once a KILLER always a KILLER
    The only reason he "claims" to feel bad about what he did, was to get back into NFL, I sure that scumbag would have said anything they wanted to hear.

    August 14, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  50. Chris Caruthers

    What were the Eagles thinking this time. I was an Eagles fan my entire life but today that has ended. I cannot support a team that would lower themselves to put someone such as Mike Vic on their team. Do we as Americans enjoy sports more than we do our personal values and morals as humans. What kind of example are we demonstrating to our children? Spend a little time in jail then go back to your career like nothing happened. He just stands there with a big grin on his face for all the camera's to take pictures and our youth veiws this as okay, I can do the same and then come back out more popular than I was before I did a little time in prison. The Eagles have made a mistake that will cost them respect and fans.

    August 14, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  51. Mike Roberts

    Mr. Vick has demonstrated the psychological profile of what may be an asset on the football field, however is absolutely condemed in all societies. His psyche could be described as being unable to feel sympathy or compassion towards other living organisims including us all. His emotional elevator appears unable to stop at all floors. Especially the top floor.

    August 14, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  52. QN

    Response to Evan K. Last I checked, no one died and left me as chief judge in charge of persecution. I do not support or overlook violence or abuse directed against people or animals. Maybe I am just a rare person who has experienced life and found that there is no route to healing without forgiveness. Forgive me for not being unforgiving.

    Dogs are not people,

    August 14, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  53. painin

    The man did his time let it go. As much as people try to put dogs in the catagory of humans, they are not. The PETA people should consider ethical treatment to humans.

    August 14, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  54. Franklin McArthur, Jr

    How come no ones talking about or reporting on Ben Roethlisberger being sued for Sexual Assault. Could this be a double standard? Michael Vick has done his time in prison , did his house arrest, paid his fines, and is currently performing community service. Granted, dog fighting is egregious! I'm a retired Law Enforcement Officer, and I've seen perp's get less for more.

    August 14, 2009 at 9:11 am |
  55. QN

    Response to Jay. You compared teachers who committed crimes against children to Mr. Vick who committed a crime against dogs. Help me out – children – dogs. He did not commit a crime against other football players (human beings). The Eagles are now my #1 NFL team. I may not love dogs like many but I really, really love redemption!!

    Dogs are not people,

    August 14, 2009 at 8:47 am |
  56. Kristin

    I am in no way defending the atrocities suffered at the southern Virginia property of Michael Vick. However, what is the point of having a judicial and criminal rehabilitation system if we would prefer to tar and feather those who've served their sentences with ongoing stigma and further persecution? Michael Vick plead guilty to the charges against him. He served time. I believe that he his contrite and truly understands the impact of his actions in a much greater scope than simply their effect on his career. Isn't it time we give him a chance to be a good citizen? Furthermore, I don't see protestors lining up against the numerous NFL teams who employ other convicted felons.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:36 am |
  57. QN

    Mr. Vick is walking our his destiny. I am fond of dogs but I will never be a pet-parent. Dogs are not people and I am unable to wrap my mind around the acts of public persecution. I thought if a person was found guilty, they served time, and was released from prison to reenter society. I didn't know that it was society's job to continue to persecute or to try to relagate the person to do anything except fulfill their life's journey. Mr. Vick's calling is to play football. He admittedly made some poor choices but he has served his time and now he deserves the same right to do what many of us do, start over again.

    Dogs are not people,

    August 14, 2009 at 8:32 am |
  58. David

    Disgraceful! It just goes to show the Eagles will do anything to get a Quarterback on the cheap. It doesn't matter that he orchestrarated the fighting of dogs to their death and if they didn't perform as expected they further thought of ways to torture them. Electrocution, hanging them until dead etc. I will boycott and Eagle game here or televised! That means I won't be watching any commercials! Eagles fans are idiots, those who support Vick, what will they do just to try to win games. What does that do for them by winning games this way, boost their ignorant self-esteem. They didn't win, the players did, can't they see they didn't play the game themselves and they didn't really win anything, the Eagles did or didn't. Eagle’s fans are idiots though and will welcome this dog killer and torturer, just for their satisfaction of getting a winning team. The owner of the Eagles is all about cheap money. You mean there are not better players out there than Vick. Eagles and their fans are sell outs. Corporate greed continues in sports too!

    August 14, 2009 at 8:29 am |
  59. Ann Marie in Florida

    I believe Michael Vick should be reinstated. He was tried, convicted and sentenced. He did his time. That should be the end of it. But the fact that we're having this controversy highlights the problems convicts have after prison: not being employable. Michael Vick is lucky. He not only has a skill, his skill brings him a huge paycheck. It would be great if he would use his fame AND fortune to help former inmates who are not as fortunate.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:27 am |
  60. Evan K.

    To those who have said "people who have done worse things to human beings have been forgiven," perhaps we should be asking if Michael Vick AND those who have "done worse things to human beings" are all getting off way too lightly. Many of the same fans who are willing to overlook athletes and other celebrities who beat their wives and girlfriends are howling for blood and refusing to forgive a dog-fighting ring leader, but maybe none of them should be forgiven in the court of public opinion for their horrible deeds.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:24 am |
  61. Nazif

    I don't understand why this is the headline of the day! Michael Vick commited a crime against animals, the man served his time and was punished, yet people still hate him. Dante Stallworth killed a man, yet only served less than a month, yet thats not in the news. So because Vick killed dogs opposed to a man, he served more time, and is more hated than Stallworth? Give me a break. The man did his time, let him move on with his life. I think i'd rather kill a man than a dog in this society.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:24 am |
  62. nancy

    i don't watch football and i'm not a peta-person.

    let the man play football

    August 14, 2009 at 8:24 am |
  63. David

    While I do disagree with the reinstatement of Vick to the NFL, I think that this goes beyond just him. I saw the interview that CNN did this morning in which the comment was made, "We have individual that have been convicted of manslaughter making millions playing now," WHAT!? Why I say this is because, I was convicted of carrying a dangerous weapon seven years ago and I still have a hard time finding a job (even with have a degree) because of that. But yet we have guys that have killed animals and people getting to play pro-ball, making millions of dollars and being celebrities/role-models; while I can not even afford to get my kids clothes for school or food without state assistance. This says that there is either something wrong with the ethics in the NFL or the regular business world. I think that it is sad that we let these guys make all this money after committing big crimes and making them role-models for young children. I think that there should be some things rethought in this country in this area if someone like me can barley find work for one little stupid misdemeanor mistake and someone like Vick can turn around and make millions of dollars playing sports after committing a much more heinous one.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:22 am |
  64. Mark Thompson

    I say hooray for Vick working again, why shouldn't he? I don't recall even the slighest uproar when NBC elevated a violent sexual degenerate, one Marv Albert, back into the highest level of his profession.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:21 am |
  65. Laura from Willis

    P A T H E T I C!

    Mr. Vick would have to SHOW me more before I'd give him a second chance. Community Service @ Rescue SItes, where he can see firsthand, what Cruelty does to animals, would be a GREAT place to start.
    I feel that anyone with this type mentality, who would demonstrate such cruelty to Animals, is NOT someone that I want my Grandchildren to cheer on in a FOOTBALL GAME, or ANYWHERE!
    Eagles, shame on you! You obviously are more concerned about that Bank Roll, than you are about Cruelty to Animals.
    Thanks for listening,

    August 14, 2009 at 8:20 am |
  66. Ann

    I for one will totally avoid anything having to do with the Eagles. In the press conference with coach he made the comment that Vick deserved a second chance. My question is "Did the dogs he forced to fight and killed have a second chance?" .

    August 14, 2009 at 8:20 am |
  67. Jay

    i will never watch another football game again, i'm done with it forever. vick is a sick p.o.s.

    do we allow teachers who are convicted of some sort of sex crime and have served their sentence to resume their professions? i don't think so. to say the only way vick can have a second chance is to be able to play football again is a joke. his second chance started the day he was released from prison.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:20 am |
  68. George

    As with everything else in America, we are seeing a double standard here. Pot smoking, auto wrecking, philandering, wife beating athletes get no outrage and serve no time. Vick served the time lawfully prescribed. Case done! Now it's time for him to be back among his peers and earning an honest buck. The self-righteous should first remove the motes from their eyes before condemning this man to a life of self-flagellation. Hypocritical and racist is America. Dogs are not as valuable as people. PERIOD!

    August 14, 2009 at 8:19 am |
  69. Breigh

    I am VERY excited about Michael Vicks return to the league. People who are juding him and saying he doesn't deserve to return to the league are wrong. He served his time and paid his debt to society. I think he is going to return stronger and wiser than ever!!!!

    August 14, 2009 at 8:18 am |
  70. Nicholas

    Again this is NOT about RACE. Let's NOT make this about something it's not. I'd be as outraged as I am now if Michael Vick was white or mexican or asian or any other race that the small-minded, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, negligent, self-absorbed, far right can think of.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:17 am |
  71. sin

    I think that he is just sorry that he got caught. I, also, don't think that he deserves that much money for playing football. If he loved dogs, he would've Never gotten involved with the dog fighting!!

    August 14, 2009 at 8:17 am |
  72. Chris Garner

    The facts:
    Michael violated the law.
    Michael served his time.
    The public does not accept this as sufficient.
    The "right" question:
    If this was your family member, how would it make you feel knowing he served his time but no one wanted to give him a second chance?

    August 14, 2009 at 8:17 am |
  73. Michael, Rocky Face GA

    If I were a painter, who was convicted and imprisoned for theft; once I served my time and paid my debt, I would expect to return to my occupation as a painter. A professional Athlete that served a reasonable prison sentence should be allowed to return to work, as well.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:16 am |
  74. harvey Kagan

    I feel that signing Michael Vick to the Eagles is in poor taste for the city of brotherly love. What Michael Vick did was disgusting, cruel and inhumane. Pete Rose was banned from baseball just for betting on the Reds. Michael Vick is a felon. Michael Vick should be banned for doing something much much worse than placing a bet

    August 14, 2009 at 8:16 am |
  75. Mark Hudnall

    Although I did not like what he did, according to the law he has paid his dues and should be allowed to reenter the society and the work force.
    What if it were you who just got out of prison, wouldn't you want to become productive again?

    August 14, 2009 at 8:15 am |
  76. Mark

    I don't see how you can be talking favorably about Michael Vick returning to football. He's a hoodlum and served his time but that doesn't mean he's reformed. There are so many good players not playing for NFL teams why in the world would any team sign him? I firmly believe it will backfire on them and they will lose a good portion of their fan base. Not all America likes a good example of redemption!

    August 14, 2009 at 8:15 am |
  77. Robert

    As to the Vick story..."Wake up America, it's all about the MONEY!"

    August 14, 2009 at 8:15 am |
  78. Dena Coleman

    Good for Michael Vick !! he has a job now. He has paid his debt to society, like all people whom have gotten caught by the law. He loss everything he had, and did what was asked of him. It is the way our justice system works and it is the way we expect the law to be followed. So now that the procedures are done, let this man go on with his life, if he can go back to work and be a respectable part of society isn't that what we ALL want from each other. Isn't that what we are hear to do, "our part", well let him do his, without any further judgments or questions. Good for you Michael Vick, I'm happy you found your second chance, most that go thru the system don't, you, you did, go play ball Vick!!! Wish it was for the Redskins.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:12 am |
  79. Keith

    I use to have respect for CNN , but that is now up in the air. To play on the obvious racial divide in this country is irresponsible. Shame on you and the people that hold different standards for black and white athletes and coaches.where is the balanced reporting? Where is the outrage for the white athletes and coaches accused of rape? Are dogs now more important than women?
    Michael Vick has served his time for his crime. Now he should be able to earn a living and get on with his productive life. To refer to Mr. Vick as "the disgraced football player" is not only rude but also inappropriate. Why not refer to him as "the reformed football player".

    August 14, 2009 at 8:09 am |
  80. Bob

    My stomach turned when I turned on the T.V this morningand heard about Mike vick being signed to philly.Philly as a team is known as the thugs of the NFL and the fact Mike Vick is going to play there is is fitting.

    Philly is known for great cheesesteaks and YES its true Fight Town USA for dog fighting . Stop Mike Vick now Dont attend any Philly Games and teams that have to play philly should run Dog fighting commercials. Never forget 9/11 and never forget the innocent dogs and cats that dont have a voice and look to us for love and compation.

    Mike vicks dogs were punished by him for being alive.

    August 14, 2009 at 7:52 am |
  81. Greg

    Vick was convicted and served his time. He should be given the chance to resume his profession, which in this case in football.

    August 14, 2009 at 7:51 am |
  82. JEZEBEL58

    Karen and Savannah are so right,Michael deserves a second chance we do forgive murderers who deliberately plot to commit murders.I guess if he was the quarterback for the Giants there would be forgiveness 100%,there are owners who have done worse to their animals and is given chances.Some of you just have to take those "black"sunglasses off and see people in all different lights and remember God said that we have to forgive.Football was his bread and butter and if the Eagles wants him then so be it,from what I've heard he is not just a quarterback he can fill in where he is needed.

    August 14, 2009 at 7:48 am |
  83. Mary D.

    I wish you all would be a little more forgiving to M.V. The man did his time. Leave him alone. You people know nothing about forgiveness, all you all seemed to be concerned about are some four- legged animals. GET OVER IT! It is evident that the system is set up to keep black men down; after they 've already serve their time. Maybe that's what yall want for M.V. I am personally estatic that he is going back to do what he is good at. All the dog loving media should get over it. Yall can not keep a black man down for long.

    August 14, 2009 at 7:45 am |
  84. mike-sey

    The breast beating over whether Michael Vick has "changed" is America at its self righeous, self-centred, vindictive best.

    August 14, 2009 at 7:36 am |
  85. Jim Hart

    I think the critical point of this debate is not about "redemption" or "remorse." The point you are failing to make concerning this is that Michael Vick is a CONVICTED FELON. Felons are not allowed to vote (among other things). It seems to me the question should be: "Should convicted felons be allowed to play professional sports in the USA?"

    And let's not forget that he also failed a drug test while he was on bail for his upcoming trial. Has this been mentioned?

    August 14, 2009 at 7:32 am |
  86. Nicholas

    17 bodies discovered bloodied and broken. In life they were caged against their will, and then forced to fight for their lives and for the entertainment of others. Beaten and degraded, then discarded as though they were nothing, not even given a proper burial. 17 bodies. Now imagine they're human bodies. This has nothing to do with race. It has to do with what is right. You don't get away with murder by doing 18 months in jail and an "I'm sorry" so why should this be any different?

    August 14, 2009 at 7:31 am |
  87. Mark

    To do what Vick did is horrible, but basically what Ryan Smith is saying is that if Vick does well, people will "forgive"(I doubt that people will forgive, they will forget, if anything.) what he did....unfortunately and very sadly that is probably true.

    August 14, 2009 at 7:30 am |
  88. William Courtland

    We are humane: but we are still animals: and we need base protiens...

    To use some specialized breeds of dogs to operate a slaughter: such as a pit-bull... while a Pit-bull is as its name says: to pit a bull as to have it brought in and cared for...

    yet a the dogs jaw: is meant to lock: and when this occurs upon a rabbit: the dog can be trained not to thrash the kill: and so choke it out; yet cats will do this instinctively... To use animal as a domestic animal of service: an animal which can clean my hands of the kill: and replace it with the ability to trade what animals have killed with my intent...

    While industrialization of such deeds would be difficult: in truth: to have animal slaughter put back to the realm of entertainment: one needs to refurbish the Colloseum in Rome: the allow for the guests to eat of that nights entertainment... As animals pit and slay other animals in provincial displays of the normal acts of the regular slaughter... While a human can choke out a bull... put the horn in the dirt and squeeze the life out of it... to use animals against animals without the intent to eat the spoils: or again to use animals against humans...

    You are already wasting your time playing some game which you should, as like the rest of us, need to pay for the privilage to play... but you are spending your income gains of fame to allow for your own self indulgent infamy... To play football or other sports and to have such an outcasted salary: so that all who enjoy the game can not afford to see the best play: and while the best should be those who best love the game: thus have a natural talent due to unlimited self practice... For some reason American culture loves to reward the player... yet when it comes to forming real work... real life standard advancement... The person almost needs to kill themselves to bring it to you: unless it is art: in which case they will starve until their death which in turn makes the proof of life as the bulk of the art more valuable(as much as fame and distribution allow)...

    To truly advance these days: it takes more work than what an individual can accomplish... no one person built the Hoover dam... No one person solved the theory of Relativity, and no one person proved it: Einstien only wrote a two page essay: and created a new figment of representation in math as to draft the first representation of E as energy...

    People these days... can make idiot toys by themselves... but when something is to be created for the mass advancement... the Internal Combustion engine required a whole blacksmith shop and beyond that the resources of the crown, while the same was for Steam locomotion... The majority of math in advance theory requires mega-computing: as no rational person could have a life span long enough to finish some of the computational calculations... Math has progressed far beyond the simple trajectory of a bullet: as when the scale decreases the difficulty required for the precision and accuracy of the entire equation increases...

    Sports have not increased in difficulty: and in some cases they have even gotten easier due to better equipment... Yet the feats of man who must: the feats of man when driven by the need to save or survive and prevent death: when a person must act to save a life: with real soul adrenaline: with the real intent to preserve innocence and protect life... The footballs and baseballs would leave the stadium and in some more violent sports: heads would truly roll. Sport does not compair to conflict: yet to play your whole life... You had better be worth watching: and make me want to play as well: or you are not really doing your job.

    August 14, 2009 at 7:29 am |
  89. Angela

    I think Michael Vick deserves a second chance. He has been punished; he paid huge fines and served a jail sentence. He still has community service and probation to serve. Additionally, the stigma of what he did will follow him for the rest of his life. Everyone deserves a second chance and he should be allowed to be able to support himself. His crime had nothing to do with the NFL..

    August 14, 2009 at 7:28 am |
  90. Aaron

    I really think you guys are taking this a little too seriously. Of course what he did was inhumane and wrong! But seriously! People are treating this like he killed or hurt PEOPLE. Dogs die everyday, they get slaughtered, and put to bed. Now I'm not cold or anything but this is just stupid, give the guy a break! Its not like he killed his girlfriend and got away with it!

    August 14, 2009 at 7:27 am |
  91. Bruce

    Vick has paid his debt to society and earned the right to re-build his life.

    August 14, 2009 at 7:26 am |
  92. jay m

    Micheal Vick is not the first to fight and torture dogs, this has been going on for hundreds of years, why the outrage now.

    August 14, 2009 at 7:25 am |
  93. Heyward

    You've been given another chance Mr. Vick I wish you the best of luck and hope you've learned some valuable lessons that you can pass on to others and will remain with you for life.

    August 14, 2009 at 7:20 am |
  94. michele

    of course you are going to have the overzealous dog lovers that have nothing better to do but keep this mess in the media to continue to get free advertising from outlets like CNN.
    Where is everyone's outrage when NFL players are charged with domestic volence? Those stories are usually reported once and u don't hear anything else again but not like this! Did you ever report anything about the culture & history of dog fighting and the fact that is rooted in century-old cultures in states like virginia (where i think Michael Vick is from), alabama, tennessee? Of course not!
    He paid way too much time for this and has paid his dues! Everyone deserves a second chance!

    August 14, 2009 at 7:18 am |
  95. karen

    I am thrilled that the eagles sign Michael Vick. I wasn't as eagles fan but now I am. Michael Vick deserves a second chance. It amazes me how we choose to be more forgiving to murders who does not do any time but refuse to forgive this man after he has served his time and paid his debt to society. I agree with the viewer this is most definitely a sign of the state of racism in America.

    August 14, 2009 at 7:09 am |
  96. Savannah Jones

    Why shouldn't he work at what he knows while he's young enough to do it and pay taxes like the rest of us? He's done his time. I have worked dog rescue for over 10 years. I've seen worst get off for a lot less. I've seen people kill humans get off with less. These nut cases are beginning to make me feel sorry for the guy – and that's not easy. I currently have a malnourished, just dewormed, yeasty, heartworm positive dog we pulled out of her own feces to rescue. The people who did that to her only lost a dog. Let's put this all in appropriate perspective.

    August 14, 2009 at 7:08 am |
  97. carl v

    I will Boycott the Eagles until Vick is gone. The only job for him is to work with Dogs in a shelter so her can see how sweet and innocent they are. John, Who picked out your tie this morning? We can throw that in the middle of a bunch of angry dogs. You always look so nice...that tie has got to go LOL

    August 14, 2009 at 7:03 am |
  98. Mickey W

    No!! To the blogger who used the word "great" in describing Micheal Vick. He is not a great player and he never will be. He is an ill person. Anyone who could stand by and witness the horrible killing of these poor defenseless animals is ill. He is just riding on the coat tails of his talent. He is not a "great" anything. Maybe he has done time for this but the sickness that perpetuated this horror is still there until it raises its ugly head again. I also will not support or buy any products/endorsements related to Vick.

    August 14, 2009 at 7:01 am |