Dr. Phil says Vick has 'sociopathic' side

Eagles quarterback and convicted dog fighter Michael Vick has a "sociopathic adjustment to life" and is unlikely to ever to be capable of empathy.

That's what T.V. psychologist  Dr. Phil said today in Philadelphia during a show taped in front of a live audience in Independence Park.

My Inquirer colleague David Hiltbrand reports that Dr. Phil termed "the biggest story in this town right now" the Eagles' hiring of Michael Vick.

Dr. Phil convened a panel that included Gov. Rendell, CBS3 sports anchor Beasley Reece and DogPac founder Tom Hickey Sr. to debate the topic.

The mostly white audience booed when J. Whyatt Mondesire, president of the Philadelphia branch of the NAACP, suggested from the stage that the censure of Vick is a racial issue.

The debate on Dr. Phil's show comes a week after Vick made his first appearance at a charter school in Philadelphia as part of an arrangement with the Humane Society of the United States. The group has enlisted Vick to speak to young people in inner city communities as part of its national anti-dog fighting campaign.

The show airs today at 5 p.m. in Philadelphia on KYW.