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Tucker Carlson says Michael Vick should've received same death sentence NFL player gave so many dogs

December 29, 2010 |  1:28 pm

Tucker Carlson, the media provocateur and recovering bow-tie wearer, has launched a new controversy in this week of otherwise slow news.

He has now suggested that Michael Vick, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, should have been executed. Not for the awful way the guy played against Minnesota on Tuesday night, crippling his team's chances for a top playoff spot.Michael Vick

But for the canine homicides, maimings and tortures that Vick sanctioned, promoted and encouraged during his organized dog-fighting activities while playing for the Atlanta Falcons.

Vick spent 19 months as a member of a federal penitentiary before being picked up to try to play for the Eagles, where the ex-Virginia Tech player will be a free agent after this season. He says he would really like to have another dog "to show people that I genuinely care."

Carlson says Vick should have received the same lethal death sentence the player gave his canine victims. Here's what Carlson had to say (view video below):

"I'm a Christian. I've made mistakes myself. I believe fervently in second chances. But Michael Vick killed dogs. And he did so in a heartless and cruel way. And I think, personally, he should've been executed for that."

The issue arises because it was revealed this week that President Obama inserted himself into the simmering Vick case.

In a recent phone call to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, the White House confirms, the president expressed appreciation for the businessman giving Vick a second chance in the city of Brotherly Love after Lurie had become dissatisfied with the performance of his previous quarterback, Donovan McNabb.

Obama, many recall, is a dog owner himself, albeit a reluctant one. The Obamas did not have a family pet. However, during the 2008 campaign it was noted that an overwhelming majority of American voters have household pets, that every White House resident needs a dog to look presidential and that John McCain already had 14 pets including several dogs. So Obama announced he would get a dog for his daughters if he won.

He won.

And eventually Sen. Edward Kennedy bought a dog for Obama, which they named Bo, as in Barack Obama's initials.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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