The CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes" will feature an interview Sunday with former NFL player Michael Vick. It is the one-time quarterback's first TV interview since he confessed two years ago to running a brutal dog fighting ring. Vick confessed that he himself tortured and killed dogs.

James Brown, a host for the NFL show that appears on CBS Sports, conducted the interview that was taped Monday.


Vick has been conditionally re-instated by the NFL as of July 27, according to CBS. Under the terms laid out by the league, Vick could be back in uniform by the sixth week of the season.

Will you watch Vick on 60 Minutes? Do you think CBS should be giving him this showcase?

Some will surely see this as the beginning of an effort to rehabilitate the image of Vick, who spent 18 months in federal prison.

The network says a representative of the Humane Society of the United States will also be interviewed on "60 Minutes" Sunday.

I am an animal lover. And I have to be honest, I do not think I can watch. I have a real problem with the kind of suffering he caused for those poor animals. You make Vick a sports star again, and I think you teach young kids in places like Baltimore that it is okay to abuse animals. (I won't describe some of the horrific things done to animals in this city lately.)

TV is the highway to hero status in our culture, and I suspect the "60 Minutes" prime-time showcase is Vick's first major step back on that road.

There are also a number of journalistic questions connected to this story by "60 Minutes."

One, why was James Brown, a sportscaster, and not one of the CBS News journalists like Scott Pelley designated to do the interview? Did the NFL or Vick have some control over who would do it?

And what about the relationship CBS had with the NFL and the tens of millions of dollars it makes off that relationship, which gives them the "rights" to show NFL games? Should CBS be the network doing ths interview given that relationship?