Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty Tuesday to a state dogfighting charge in Virginia. A move many hope will make him eligible to leave prison early and potentially speed his return to the NFL.
According to Sports Daily Vick, 28, arrived wearing wrist and ankle shackles with his gray suit, but the restraints were removed by the time he entered his plea. The one-time Atlanta Falcons star also pleaded not guilty to a count of cruelty to animals, but that charge was dropped under his plea deal. He received a three-year suspended sentence—far less than the maximum of 10 years he could have faced. “I want to apologize to the court, my family, and to all the kids who looked up to me as a role model,” Vick told the judge. Vick’s mother Brenda Boddie, brother Marcus Vick and fiancee Kijafa Frink walked in together and sat together in the front row of the gallery with other family and friends. Vick’s mother declined to comment to reporters but Marcus Vick acknowledged the family was glad the ordeal was nearly over.
My Personal View: I feel as if Mike was railroaded by the judicial system and unfairly used as an example. And I wish him much success in the future and pray for his speedy release!