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NFL star's redemption gladdens Obama
Perry Bacon Jr, Hindustan Times
Honolulu, December 29, 2010
First Published: 01:28 IST(29/12/2010)
Last Updated: 01:42 IST(29/12/2010)

President Obama doesn't seem to shy away from the divisive social and cultural topics that Americans are debating in their living rooms, gyms and workplaces.

On Monday, the buzz was about how the president had weighed in on the redemption of Michael Vick. Obama phoned the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, an American football team, to praise the team for giving a second chance to the quarterback, who is again a National Football League star 19 months after leaving prison for his role in a horrific dog fighting ring that killed pit bulls by electrocution, hanging and drowning.

Vick, whom endorsers shunned after the dog fighting controversy, is now the pitchman for a Nissan dealer near outside Philadelphia.

Fans in Philadelphia and elsewhere have generally stopped bringing anti-Vick signs to games as they did last year, but Vick's emergence as one of the league's top players has revived debate about whether he should be so enthusiastically embraced less than two years after he left prison.

(In exclusive partnership with The Washington Post)

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