The subject of Michael Vick‘s notorious past participating in dog-fighting seems to be forgotten by many during his successful 2010 season as quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles — but not by Tucker Carlson.
The formerly bow-tied Fox News commentator subbed for Sean Hannity during his Dec. 28 broadcast, and when the subject turned to President Obama‘s recent acknowledgment of the Eagles giving the ex-convict a second chance, Carlson got heated.
“I’m a Christian, I’ve made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in
second chances,” he says. “But Michael Vick killed dogs, and he
did in a heartless and cruel way. And I think, personally, he should have
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?
Kind of beyond the pale.”
That “getting behind” entailed a presidential call to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie which, among several topics, reportedly included praise for helping reform the quarterback after he served time in prison.
Carlson’s panel, though in agreement on how horrible Vick’s past is, did not agree with his belated calls for the death penalty or his harsh reprimand of the president.
Watch part of the panel here: