Commentary: If only we treated all ex-offenders like Michael Vick

"I think Mike deserves a second chance, like everyone in society after they have paid their debt to society on any type of crime, you deserve a second chance," Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith was quoted as saying in the Chicago Sun-Times after Thursday’s kickoff news conference before training camp.

If only Smith’s sentiment was universally shared in America. Because it’s not. Not even close.

Michael Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons football star who served 18 months in prison for his part in a dog-fighting ring, is said to be close to signing with a pro team — not the Bears — after being conditionally reinstated to the NFL on July 26.

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