Vick meets with low-income youths near Atlanta...

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    Aug 09, 2009 1:59 AM GMT

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    The quarterback is apparently planning to do his first major interview since completing a 23-month prison sentence with the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes,” which sent a three-person crew to film the event. The AP was barred from entering, and the windows were covered to prevent anyone from looking inside. Eventually, police were called, and all media were forced to stand on a sidewalk in front of the complex.

    “It was a controlled environment for obvious reasons: Vick is so high profile,” Pacelle said. “We’re going to have plenty of opportunities in the future to have Michael to speak at community-based forums.”

    The Humane Society did not publicize the event, going along with the media plan laid out by Vick’s handlers even if it meant missing the chance to make a real impact in a community where he is still revered for his brilliant play during six years with the Falcons.

    “We’re giving him an opportunity to plug into our community-based forums,” Pacelle said. “But he obviously has his own set of individuals who are working with him and want to present things in the way they want.”

    A Vick representative said the quarterback would have no comment on the appearance.

    Vick entered through a back door and spoke for about 12 minutes, Pacelle said. The small audience was moved by what it heard.

    “He said he did wrong,” 17-year-old Stanley Jones said. “Now he’s trying to come up with a smarter way to help the whole community, for young people like us, to make a change.”

    Jones said he appreciated having Vick in an area plagued by drugs and violence.
    A vehicle turns the corner taking Michael Vick(notes) to a back entrance after passing security measures as he arrives for a pit bull training class which teaches basic dog care, Sat., August 8, 2009, in Atlanta. Vick arrived at a suburban Atlanta community center to talk to inner-city youths about how to deal with potentially violent dogs. The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback entered the New Life Community Center through a back entrance Saturday for an event put on by the Humane Society of the United States.
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    “You usually don’t see that in the ‘hood. You don’t see someone from the NFL,” the teenager said. “When you see a big star like that, you don’t have any choice but to respect them.”

    Jones held up a pamphlet that was given out by the Humane Society: “Dogfighting Hurts.” But Vick’s words had more of an impact.

    “It seemed like it came from the heart,” Jones said. “I heard him saying something about how he came from the same (sort of) neighborhood that we did. He said he had only one dream, and he messed up that whole dream.”

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has conditionally lifted Vick’s ban from the league. He can participate in training camp and exhibition games, and would be eligible to return for the sixth week of the regular season if he has no further setbacks.

    But Vick, the only quarterback ever to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, has yet to find a job. Most teams have said they have no intention of signing him, and he may be forced to go with the fledgling United Football League to demonstrate that he’s still a useful player after missing the last two seasons.

    “Where he goes to play football now is his decision,” Goodell said Saturday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

    Vick didn’t discuss his NFL ambitions at New Life Community Center, but it’s clear he still has plenty of fans.

    Asked whether Vick should get a second chance, Jones said, “I hope so. He didn’t say anything about it, but I hope so.”

    I am stunned he trying get back in da NFL so soon...icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 09, 2009 3:19 AM GMT
    He's gotta make a living somehow, plus he's paid his debt to society.. It's strange how some people can wish poverty on someone[is that the worst thing in life?], and refuse to forgive past mistakes even after repenting..
    TO ERR IS HUMAN...icon_idea.gif
    what do you guys think about this situation?
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    Aug 09, 2009 4:10 AM GMT
    I hate the fact that he had that operation going in the first place. The whole operation he had going was just plain awful.

    That being said, people do get rehabilitated, and they deserve a chance. He wasn't promoting the NFL he was promoting animal rights in an area in the city where they are less likely to be respected. Whether it's for publicity or not I don't know, but he's still sending the right message because kids have a tendency to absorb messages more at face value.
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    Aug 09, 2009 4:12 AM GMT

    I hate animal cruelty, and am a serious dog lover, but how much crap are we gonna put this guy through. Time served, endorsement lost, bankruptcy, public humiliation. Give it a rest. Let the man get back to his life.

    Some crimes against humanity don't get the kind of retaliation this man receives.
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    Aug 09, 2009 4:18 AM GMT
    I also hate what he did. He did his time and it is time to move on.
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    Aug 09, 2009 6:07 PM GMT
    I agree with most, but why does he keep putting himself *Out There* thoicon_question.gif Usually when someone has screwed up ROYALLY, u get some where n sit it down or be quiet. This guy keeps putting himself in da publics eye. I think it was demonic wut he did, animals come from GOD, not man, so therefore it is not up to man to murder them. The way these dogs were killed was just uncalled for. I wonder if he ever went under any psychiatric evaluationsicon_question.gificon_eek.gif