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Michael Vick Sentenced to 23 Months in Prison

The Atlanta Falcon QB was sentenced today.

Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison Monday for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy that involved gambling and killing pit bulls.

The suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback could have been sentenced up to five years by District Judge Henry E. Hudson. Vick was dressed in a black-and-white striped prison suit and apologized to the court and his family.


Vick acknowledged he used “poor judgment” and added, “I’m willing to deal with the consequences and accept responsibility for my actions.”

Before the hearing started, Michael Vick’s brother, Marcus Vick, sat with his right arm around their mother, comforting her as she buried her head in her hands and wept.

Vick pleaded guilty in August, admitting he bankrolled the “Bad Newz Kennels” dogfighting operation and helped kill six to eight dogs.


In a plea agreement, he admitted bankrolling the dogfighting ring on his 15-acre property in rural southeastern Virginia and helping kill pit bulls that did not perform well in test fights. He also admitted providing money for bets on the fights but said he never shared in any winnings.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank called the sentencing “another step in his legal journey.

Vick deserves every day he has to spend in jail. What he did to those animals was absolutely disgusting.

Even money says Vick doesn’t play another down in the NFL. Check back in sometime 2009 or later to see if I am right.

Vick’s humility at sentencing comes off as fake to me. He was rarely humble when playing pro football, why should anyone believe Vick is sorry now.

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