So what does Tyson think of Michael Vick, the convicted dogfighter who continues to be reviled by a certain slice of the population?
“Listen, listen,” Tyson told ESPN. “I don’t know why people do what they do. What should we do with Michael Vick? Really, really: Why don’t we castrate him? Why don’t we do something bad to his children to teach him a lesson? Is that really the answer?”
He continued: “Or instead, we can say, ‘Hey, you’ve been given the wrong signals all these years, and you didn’t realize you were destroying God’s animals.’ So, we have to change his way of thinking. Not kill him, not assassinate him. We have to kill his way of thinking in that particular area. So, yes, we should give him another chance. And so far he’s taken great advantage of it.”
Since being released from prison Vick, 30, has worked with the Humane Society of the United States to help reach an estimated 100,000 people involved in illegal urban dogfighting throughout the United States.
In December 2010, HSUS President Wayne Pacelle commented on Vick's future as a pet owner saying, "Based on the work for animals he has undertaken since his release from prison, I don’t believe he should be forever banned from adopting a dog for his two daughters.”
Neither does Tyson, apparently. But it will be a long time, I feel, before society embraces a similar sentiment.
Check out the full ESPN interview with Tyson below:
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