By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Michael Vick is facing serious time behind bars. A judge sentenced the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback to 23 months in prison.
This was for running a “cruel and inhumane” dogfighting ring, then later lying about it when he got caught. He could have been sentenced to five years behind bars.
However, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson decided to give Vick a lesser sentence. Vick apologized in front of his family and those in the courtroom.
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Hudson told Vick that he needed to apologize. Vick claimed that it was “poor judgment.”
“I’m willing to deal with the consequences and accept responsibility for my actions,” he said.
Vick has the possibility to be released in the summer of 2009. However, he would have to have good behavior to be released a little early.
“You were instrumental in promoting, funding, and facilitating this cruel and inhumane sporting activity,” Hudson told Vick.
At this time, Vick is suspended from the league without pay. He also lost his sponsorship deals.
“This is a difficult day for Michael’s family and for a lot of us, including many of our players and fans who have been emotionally invested in Michael over the years,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said. “We sincerely hope that Michael will use this time to continue to focus his efforts on making positive changes in his life, and we wish him well in that regard.”
Vick admitted to paying for the dogfighting operation. He also allegedly “helped” kill six to eight dogs.
He is believed to be held at a Warsaw, Virginia facility. Vick said that he killed the dogs that “did not perform well in test fights.”
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Vick also received money on the bets during the dog fights. He also claimed that he never shared any of these winnings from the bets.
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