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Michael Vick is going to jailâ€¦
Next Monday Vick will plead guilty to promoting dog fightingâ€¦
The question of how long heâ€™ll spend in jail is still not knownâ€¦
But over the weekend CNN was reporting that the offer on the table started at 18 months but could be as much as 3 yearsâ€¦
Vick was facing up to 5 years in jail and was expected to get hit today with racketeering chargesâ€¦
Last week three co-defendants flipped and revealed that Vick was much more than just the money manâ€¦
According themâ€¦Vick hung and drown dogs that did not preformâ€¦
Earlier today his lawyer Billy Martin issued this statementâ€¦
â€œMichael wishes to apologize to everyone who has been hurt by this matterâ€â€¦
No where in that statement is there any mention of the pain and suffering Vick and his partners inflicted on the dogsâ€¦
As for the price Vick will pay for those actionsâ€¦jail time is just the startâ€¦
The dog fighting also involved gambling which will allow the NFL to ban Vick for lifeâ€¦
In other words his football career is almost certainly overâ€¦
Then thereâ€™s the moneyâ€¦
Two years ago Vick signed a 10 year contract worth $130 million dollarsâ€¦
He has already been paid $40 millionâ€¦
However $37 million of that came in the form of signing bonusesâ€¦
Pleading guilty not only allows the Atlanta Falcons to cancel the contract it also opens the door to reclaim all of those signing bonusesâ€¦
If the team is successful in that attemptâ€¦by the time pays his legal fees and gets out of jailâ€¦Vick could be flat brokeâ€¦
There are those who would argue that the punishment is still not enoughâ€¦
But think about itâ€¦
Vick is now 27 years oldâ€¦heâ€™ll be 30 when he gets out of jailâ€¦
With no footballâ€¦no moneyâ€¦and a criminal recordâ€¦
What do you think his options will be???
For Michael Vick this story is not going to have a happy endingâ€¦
What a joke. How many kids have named this guy as their role model and hero, and he pulls dumb stunts like this? I hope this guy never has the opportunity to put on an NFL jersey ever again. Complete travesty.
What an absolute black eye for the NFL. Undoubtedly one of the 10 most popular players turns into one of its darkest, most brutal characters.
While Vick's actions are completely morally reprehensible, I don't believe that he is a "bad person," so to speak. The problem stems from him being ignorant. Dog fighting is culturally acceptable to some people in the part of the country where he grew up - much the same way cockfighting and bullfighting are glorified in other parts of the world.
It is unfortunate that Vick was unable to turn his successes in sports into a morally improved lifestyle. Although his example is a particulalry viscious and disgusting one, many athletes (in all sports) suffer from a similar problem: they never get their heads screwed on straight.
Unfortunately, I believe that Vick will be considered more of a hero than a villian in prison anyway. I'm sure a lot of people in Southern US prisons are from the same cultures that find dog fighting acceptable. They may take offense to the particulary brutal ways that the dogs were killed, but I don't think he's going to become villified by many convicts. I'm sure he will be the most protected person in that prison - by both guards and inmates.
I strongly disagree with you. While dog fighting among some may be a black market sport down there to take you're hands and do those things to those dogs requires a very disturbed mind. You have to be messed up with anger somewhere to do those things. To watch and bet is one thing...
But just try and visualize yourself doing those things... no way man.