Just saw this over at ESPN.
Tucker Carlson from a Fox affiliate recently said that Mike Vick should have been executed for killing dogs. Full story below the fold
Fox analyst Tucker Carlson gave the harshest critique of Vick's past yet, saying the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback "should have been executed" for his gruesome dogfighting crimes.
" Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did [it] in a heartless and cruel way. And I think, personally, he should've been executed for that.
" -- Fox analyst Tucker Carlson
Carlson was guest hosting for Sean Hannity's show on Fox News Channel on Tuesday night when he made the remarks. He led a panel discussion about President Barack Obama commending the owner of the Eagles for giving Vick a second chance after his release from prison. Vick served 18 months in federal prison for running a dogfighting ring.
"I'm a Christian, I've made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances," Carlson said on the show. "But Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did [it] in a heartless and cruel way. And I think, personally, he should've been executed for that. He wasn't, but the idea that the president of the United States would be getting behind someone who murdered dogs?"
Pamela Browner White, the Eagles senior vice president of public affairs and government relations, said the team had no comment.
The Eagles did not practice on Wednesday so Vick, voted an NFC Pro Bowl starter, was not available for comment.
Neither Vick's agent, Joel Segal, nor Fox News immediately returned phone messages on Wednesday.
This season, Vick has gone from a seldom-used backup to the NFC's leading passer, the catalyst for Philadelphia's dynamic offense. He was selected in a leaguewide vote by NFL players, coaches and fans to start for the NFC in the Jan. 30 Pro Bowl in Honolulu, and has led the Eagles to the No. 3 seed in the NFC.
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Carlson, a conservative commentator, was angry that Obama told Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie he believes people who have paid for their crimes should have the opportunity to contribute to society again.
"But the idea that the president of the United States would be getting behind someone who murdered dogs [is] kind of beyond the pale," he said.
Vick, who saw his first dogfight as a 7-year-old, has revived his career and is taking steps to rebuild his image. He spends time on his off days working with the Humane Society of the United States and speaking to school and community groups about the cruelty of dogfighting. He has said he'd never be able to completely forget the horrific acts he witnessed and committed.
He made headlines recently when he said he genuinely cares about animals and would like to have a dog for a pet. Vick said his kids ask him every day for a dog and wants to adopt one for his family.
It won't happen soon. Under the terms of his probation, which ends in May 2012, he cannot own dogs during that time.
Carlson called Vick "some creepy rich overpaid football player" and used his platform to take a dig at Obama.
"He went to jail for two years. I mean, whatever," Carlson said. "I think the president should be quiet on this one."
Wow is all I can say, Mike Vick was my favorite player growing up next to Randy Moss for the simple fact that he was so exciting to watch. Then the dog fighting came out and I was upset but I personally didnt think it was as big of a deal as a lot of people made it out to be. I was in the small camp that wanted the Vikings to bring him in when he was reinstated, and now that he's revived his career I couldnt be happier because he deserves it. Getting back to the point, I can not fathom why this Tucker Carlson could say such a thing, it's absolutely ridiculous and he should be fired.
What do you guys think? Please lets not get personal if another person doesnt agree with you about Mike Vicks past.