Despite a lengthy stint in prison following his 2007 indictment for criminal dogfighting (and the subsequent public shaming), Michael Vick says he's open to adopting a pooch in the future regardless of popular opinion.
In an interview with Piers Morgan on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback reflected on his newfound respect for dogs since working with The Humane Society of the United States. Promoting his new memoir, Michael Vick: Finally Free, An Autobiography, he tells Morgan that although he realizes backlash will likely follow, he can't deny pet ownership to his children who are innocent of the crime he's already paid his dues for.
"I still deal with my kids each and every day," he said, explaining that it would be "selfish" for him to take the experience away from his children. Now that his federally-imposed ban on dog adoption has been lifted, Vick shares that he is seriously considering welcoming a new pup into his home.
"I just can't take that dream away from them," said Vick.
When Morgan asks what kind of dog he would adopt, Vick replies that he'd let his kids pick it out, but it "certainly wouldn't be a pit bull."
Piers Morgan Tonight airs weeknights on CNN.