Mike Tyson knows a thing or two about second chances.
The former heavyweight champion served three years in jail for a rape conviction in 1992, battled through drug addiction, and has had various encounters with the law.
Now 44, Tyson appears to have found some peace — embracing an all-vegan diet, returning to his childhood love of pigeon racing, and starring an Animal Planet series on his birds next month called "Taking On Tyson."
So what does Tyson think of Michael Vick, the convicted dogfighter who continues to be reviled by a certain slice of the population?
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: