Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did [it] in a heartless and cruel way... I think personally he should have been executed for that.Look, I'm not here to defend Vick for his cruel and moronic behavior, but it is asinine to suggest that his punishment should have been execution. (The video of Carlson's comments can be accessed here, then scroll to the bottom of this report.) And Carlson should be held accountable for his words; FOX News needs to acknowledge and respond to them.
In the minds of many, Mr. Vick can never recover from the stain of his crimes, but from a legal standpoint he has paid for them. He spent almost 19 months in jail.
Each person must determine whether and when Vick will be forgiven for what he has done; I suspect that his incredible season as quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles -- one that has included a starting berth in the Pro Bowl -- will serve to remind people of the tremendous talent he has and the equally tremendous way he almost threw it all away.
The controversy about Vick was renewed a few days ago when President Obama noted that the Eagles did the right thing by giving him a second chance at a professional career. As Sports Illustrated's Peter King reports: