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May 23rd, 2013
06:46 PM ET

Michael Vick on recovering from natural disaster: "We all stick together in time of need...that's the optimism they need to have"

As the United States readies for Memorial Day weekend, and with it the unofficial start of the summer season, this evening "Piers Morgan Live" checks in with Atlantic City, and its honorary ambassador, Michael Vick.

Devastated by October's Superstorm Sandy, the New Jersey beach town has been rebuilding in anticipation of the May holiday, and the Eagles quarterback has returned for the event, six months after first arriving to offer his help:

"It's a totally different make-up then what it was back in October when the hurricane hit. Just great to see everybody out, everybody just excited about the new opportunities," says the man who plays his pro football in nearby Philadelphia. "Just a very vibrant feel. And it don't get any better than that."

On the heels of Monday's devastating tornado, the NFL's 2010 Comeback Player of the Year offers some guidance to residents in Oklahoma now facing a similar situation as to those in New Jersey last fall.

"I would just advise the people who have been affected to just stick together. Understand that natural disaster is common, something that you can't control," says Vick. "Pick yourself up, and know that there's people that's on the way to help. You're going to get a lot of support from people around the country. We all stick together in time of need. That's the optimism that they need to have at this point."

Joining "Piers Morgan Live" from Atlantic City's famed boardwalk, Vick is joined by Mayor Lorenzo Langford, a man very much looking forward to seeing his town return to normalcy:

"Memorial Day for us, is the start of our busy season," he tells Morgan. "The summer season is our best season, and Memorial Day symbolically kicks off that season, and we're here today with Mike [Vick.] We're just ever so thankful that he's decided to come back and grace us with his presence, and to let the world know the Atlantic City is indeed restored, boardwalk is fine, and we're open for business, ready to go, and anticipating a wonderful, wonderful season."

Tune in at 9 as Langford reveals his position on the amount of aide Atlantic City received following Sandy, while the Philly signal-caller offers an evaluation of his NFL club's progress thus far under new head coach Chip Kelly.
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  1. YaYa

    Hey Mike, can I have the shirt off your back!!! Please!!!!

    May 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jaycee Hunt

    You seriously aren't going to have Michael Vick on your show are you? Why would his opinion matter after what he did to his dogs....THAT was a disaster.....I just lost alot of respect for this channel...

    May 23, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Tony Villanueva

    Michael Vick??? Really? That's the best you could do? People should be outraged. What an insult!

    May 23, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Peggy

    Oklahoma Tornado Disaster...Michael Vick's opinion...lost respect for this channel...did this channel forget about what he did to his dogs!

    May 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Jeffery lebowski

    Who gives a crap about Vicks opinion of a storm that happened 6 months ago because he doesn't care about the people affected

    May 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Genevieve Scott

    I really enjoy watching Piers Morgan on CNN, but to put Michael Vick on his show turns my stomach! Michael Vick is a cruel human being who at the very least allowed the torture of innocent animals for sport! The man should have been put to death, in my opinion, for his gross lack of regard for living creatures. To have the mayor of Atlantic City "thank" him for his presence in Atlantic City is outrageous! He is treating Michael Vick like he is someone to be admired. I do not care if Michael Vick was the world's best athlete – he is still a disgusting human being who will never be viewed as someone to be admired FOR ANY REASON after what he did to those innocent animals. Please CNN – do not put the likes of Michael Vick on your program again. You lower the status of your show by putting such a vile being on your show. Shame on the mayor of Atlantic City, and CNN...please think twice in the future. You will turn many viewers right off and out.

    May 23, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • StupidDogs

      HEY YOU RACIST TRAILER TRASH, nobody gives a f$ck what you this. I'm glad CNN ain't as dumb as you stupid dog lovers. How bout you go eat some dog crap n shut the f?ck up.

      May 26, 2013 at 9:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Ashley Endemano

    Are you for real? This guy doesnt deserve any PR #dogfighting #baitdog #animalabuse POS!!! We will not forget nor do we care about his so called opinion.

    May 23, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • StupidDogs

      Just like nobody cares about them stupid dogs Ashley, you racist piece of crap.

      May 26, 2013 at 9:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Crystal Locke

    Mike Vick is a POS!!! Karma will be knocking on your back door!!!

    May 23, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Kellie

    Way to disgrace your city mayor Lorenzo Langford!! Honor MURDERER Vick!! Good move loser!!!

    May 23, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • StupidDogs

      Kellie your the only loser, and I but your a disgrace to your family. U trailer trash h0e...

      May 26, 2013 at 9:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Todd

    Mike Vick is a disgrace!!!He has never shown a bit of remorse for his actions!!!You should be ashamed to have that creep on your show!!!Never forget!!!

    May 23, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • StupidDogs

      You also should never forget white people forced other races as slaves. I KNOW WE WILL NEVER FORGET.

      May 26, 2013 at 9:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Kevin

    CNN you have no shame. Articles like this is why you are 29th. @MikeVick you should rot in hell, you are a no good piece of crap. @piersMorganLive you should go back where you came from, we have enough idiots here already.

    May 23, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • StupidDogs

      No Kevin the only idiots around here are you stupid dog lovers crying over a stupid dog. You know in other countries people eat dog. So shut the f$ck up.

      May 26, 2013 at 9:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Rhonda

    So very disappointed you would associate with Michael Vick. Just lost a lot of respect for the show and the network. Don't think I'll continue to watch this channel. I will NEVER forget that he was (is) an animal abuser.

    May 23, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • StupidDogs

      RHONDA NOBODY GIVES A F$CK, about your respect. Your a disgrace to roaches but we're not crying like little kids. If you don't like it then jump off a cliff.

      May 26, 2013 at 9:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Mia

    How quickly people forget the horror! This is very sad! vick has always been, is and will be a killer and animal abuser! His hands will always be in the blood! Remember! Human honor is nothing!

    May 24, 2013 at 5:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Marilyn

    Well, now that I know Michael Vick is involved, I will NEVER go to Atlantic City!!! How that city thinks he will help their image is beyond me!!

    May 24, 2013 at 7:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Chris Speechly

    "...grace us with his presence..." - Are you joking? Grace is not a word that leaps to mind in any conversation about Vick. Check out Best Friends Animal Sanctuary for the status of some of the many victims of Vick's "grace". If he is seeking any degree of redemption for his disturbing crimes, it should be easy to identify their mailing address so he can mail cheques. In lieu of that initiative, please spare us his heartwarming advice concerning sticking together in the face of disaster etc

    May 24, 2013 at 8:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • StupidDogs

      HEY CHRIS, your a idiot. Nobody cares about the stupid dead dogs. Go eat some dog crap. Loser.

      May 26, 2013 at 9:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Debbie Lykins

    I grew up in Moore and Michael Vick needs to STFU.

    May 24, 2013 at 9:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • StupidDogs

      Debbie nobody cares where you grew up, we didn't ask you. And the only one that needs to STFU IS YOU!!!!!

      May 26, 2013 at 9:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Lindsay

    I'm appalled that CNN would think its appropriate to have this low-life interviewed about the tragedy in Moore. For us animal lovers, we will NEVER FORGET the horror of what he did to the dogs he had. Shall I remind you? Beat,strangled, electrocuted....he needs to shut the f#%^ up and crawl in a hole...and, please, don't ever resurface. Shame on you, CNN.

    May 24, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • StupidDogs

      HEY LINDSAY WHY DON'T YOU TAKE ALL YOUR DOG LOVERS N GO HAVE A PLATE OF DOG MEAT THAT OTHER COUNTRIES EAT? WHY IS A STUOID DOG MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANY ITHER ANIMALS. YOUR THE REASON WHY OTHER COUNTRIES HATE US.

      May 26, 2013 at 9:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Troy

    Vick is awesome! He paid his debt to society, Get over your ignorance people! God forgave him, lets move on! Go Eagles!

    May 24, 2013 at 10:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Troy Lives In A Bubble

      Doesn't sound like the American public has...

      May 24, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. So Long Pierce

    well, you just lost another viewer! Michael Vick? Are you kidding me!!????

    May 24, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • StupidDogs

      GOOD BYE, it'll be others views to take your place. And trust me we won't miss you.

      May 26, 2013 at 9:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. eileen

    How much money are you going to give mikey

    May 24, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Alex

    everybody here is just ignorant... you guy didnt grow up they way he grew up. he made a mistake he didnt know any better.. he paid hes debt to society and he is trying to make a difference for the good you people want to put him down still? you people dont give half back to the community that michael vick is doing now. so if you want to still criticize the man I want to see you do 18months in prison lose everything you have and then make a FULL comeback!! let the man be if you have nothing nice to say just dont say it

    May 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Bruce

    Occasionally I enjoy Piers Morgan. However, having Michael Vic on his show is not going to be that informative. It is just a "New High In Lows". Michael DID NOT pay his debt to society. A large amount of money was donated to he Humane Society of the United States. The HSUSA acted basically as a beard for Michael Vic claiming that he was a changed man. The HSUSA does not have helping animals as the basis of their creed. Little money that is donated to the HSUSA is ever given to the Humane Society. HSUSA is not related to the Humane Society except for the fact they have co-opted their name. Both Michael Vic and the HSUSA are fakes.

    May 24, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • StupidDogs

      HOW DO YOU KNOW, DO YOU WORK FOR THEM? IF THAT'S THE CASE WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO STOP DOG FIGHTING? DO YIU THINK KIDS WOULD EVEN BOTHER TO LISTEN TO YOU? NO! SO STFU N CRAWL BACK TO THE LOSER HOLE WHERE YOU CAME FROM. N TAKE THE OTHER RACIST TRAILER TRASH WITH YOU.

      May 26, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Bruce

        trailer park? I knew you were my neighbor. i recognised the threatening notes you leave on my door. i know that you were the one who took my dog, turned him into the hsusa, and they euthanised him and threw him out in the trash with the 50 other pets they swore to rescue that same day. The Humane Society Of The USA is a fraud. Give your money to local shelters who actually care for animals, try to find homes, and help to train these pets so they are able to be a pet to a family. The goal of the HSUSA is to keep every person from having NO CONTACT with any animal at any time. By the way, the salaries and benefit packages of the top brass at the HSUSA are like the "Golden Parachutes". of the people who run the large companies that are currently raping this country. The HSUSA is a fraud.

        May 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bruce

        trailer park? I knew you were my neighbor. i thought i recognised the threatening notes you leave on my door. i know that you were the one who took my dog, turned him into the hsusa, and they euthanised him and threw him out in the trash with the 50 other pets they swore to rescue that same day. The Humane Society Of The USA is a fraud. Give your money to local shelters who actually care for animals, try to find homes, and help to train these pets so they are able to be a pet to a family. The goal of the HSUSA is to keep every person from having NO CONTACT with any animal at any time. By the way, the salaries and benefit packages of the top brass at the HSUSA are like the "Golden Parachutes". of the people who run the large companies that are currently raping this country. The HSUSA is a fraud.

        May 26, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |

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