White House: Obama 'Condemns' Vick's Crime
But he believes in second chance for those who've 'paid for' crimes
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 28, 2010 6:12 AM CST
Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick runs the ball during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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(Newser) – Yes, President Obama did applaud the Philadelphia Eagles’ owner for giving Michael Vick a chance—but the White House is soothing any ruffled feathers by clarifying that he “condemns” the quarterback’s crimes, a spokesman tells the Huffington Post. Obama “does think that individuals who have paid for their crimes should have an opportunity to contribute to society again.” His call to Jeffrey Lurie, however, was chiefly about alternative energy use at the Eagles’ stadium.