What they're saying: Michael Vick agrees to plea deal
Reaction to Michael Vick agreeing to plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges:
"Things happen. This just happened to be something major. It's affecting our city and our franchise right now." _
"You've got a lot of people that look up to you. You've got to watch every step, every move you make every time you step out in public. It's a risk for quarterbacks every day because a lot of people are watching."
"You know, when you take a plea and you're saying you did it, what else is there to say about it?"
- -- Chargers running back
LaDainian Tomlinson, drafted by San Diego with the pick San Diego
received after trading the first choice to Atlanta
"I don't have a lot of comment about it, but I wish him the best."
"I don't know all the facts, I don't know what is going on there, but I know it has overshadowed a lot of great work that 99 percent of the guys in our league are doing."
- -- Colts coach Tony
"I think that was the right decision because he's admitting he did something wrong and standing up to it. The consequences won't be as severe now. From a life standpoint, I just wish him the best. I told him, 'Put football behind you, just concentrate on your life, and concentrate on things that are at the forefront and most important right now, which is your family and your faith.'"
"It's another one of those cases where you hope the young guys are paying attention. There are a lot of people out there that can make you feel real guilty about not getting into a bad situation. You have to learn early on who to say no to because it's a very slippery slope. It can lead a lot of people down the wrong fork in the road early in their NFL careers."
"We believe the criminal conduct to which Mr. Vick has pled guilty today cannot be condoned under any circumstances. Speaking personally, as I have previously stated, the practice of dogfighting is offensive and completely unacceptable. I can only hope that Mr. Vick, who is a young man, will learn from this awful experience."
- -- Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players
"I, like all people who know and care about Michael Vick, was very disappointed and saddened by the news. Although all the details are not known at this time, I am greatly concerned that Michael has put himself in this position."
- -- Frank Beamer, Vick's
coach at Virginia Tech
"Mr. Vick has agreed to enter a plea of guilty to those charges and to accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made."
- -- Vick's lead defense attorney, Billy Martin
"He's in one of those situations where he's in the process of starting to put his life back together. These are tremendously rough times personally and professionally. He's doing the best he can to stop the bleeding and move forward."
- -- Defense attorney
James D. "Butch" Williams Jr.
"This country doesn't like dogfighting, and dogfighters had better hear that message and get out of the business. Since the Vick case ripped the lid off dogfighting, law enforcement and PETA are getting tips and leads on other cases across the country. PETA is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in dogfighting, and we are working with law enforcement in a number of different jurisdictions."
- -- David Perle, senior communications coordinator,
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
"This case has opened America's eyes and jolted its conscience. The resolution of this federal case is no cause for celebration -- many dogs suffered terribly and a gifted athlete and his bright career have been perhaps irreparably damaged. The only good that can come from this case is that the American people dedicate themselves to the task of rooting out dogfighting in every infected area where it thrives."
- -- Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the
Humane Society of the United States
"While we are pleased to hear that the Vick case is being settled through the criminal justice system, we remain concerned that the punishment will be inadequate considering the heinous nature of the crimes."
- -- Ron Menaker, Chairman of the Board of the
American Kennel Club
"As an organization that supports law enforcement efforts against animal cruelty in several ways -- from having our own Humane Law Enforcement department in New York, to contributing to the education and training of law enforcement and judicial officers around the country in prosecuting animal cruelty -- we salute the U.S. Attorney's office and the USDA in their dedication to pursuing this case. It sends a clear message to those engaged in animal cruelty -- that these acts are barbaric and unacceptable in a humane community.''
- -- Ed Sayres, president and CEO of The American Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
"The practice of dogfighting is not sport, ever -- it's cruel barbarism and must be stopped. We are hopeful that some good can come out of this horrific crime as public awareness of dogfighting increases and more of these operations around the world are shut down."
- -- Stephanie Scroggs, director of communications for SPCA
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison and three years' probation for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy. The suspended Falcons quarterback is looking at a scheduled release of July 2009. Story
Update• GM: Falcons will attempt to trade Vick
• Lawyer: Vick might move to halfway house
• Former Vick estate fails to sell again
• Vick house fails to sell at auction
• Vick files for bankruptcy protection
• Prosecutor: Vick's Virginia trial can wait
• Vick ordered to repay Canadian bank $2.4 million
• Judge denies NFL motion to reverse Vick ruling
• Report: Vick not playing organized football in jail
• Report: Vick passes time with prison-yard football
• Vick's state dogfighting trial to begin June 27
• Munson: Vick yet to enter drug treatment
The sentence• Vick sent to Kansas to serve rest of sentence
• Vick asked judge for leniency before sentencing
• Vick sentenced to 23 months | Document (pdf)
• Poll: What do you think? | What they're saying
• Clayton: Sentence puts career in jeopardy
• Munson: Tough sentence by displeased judge
• Teammates show support at Falcons game
• Can Vick return to playing in NFL?
• Pasquarelli: No longer top of mind in Atlanta
• Last Vick co-defendant sentenced
• Podcasts : Cossack | Schlereth | Munson/Naqi | Pasquarelli
• Chat wrap: David Cornwell
Post Plea• NFL wants court to reverse Vick bonus ruling
• Victory for Vick: QB can keep $20 million bonus
• Fifth defendant in Vick case receives probation
• Vick's house for sale for $1.1M
• Some Falcons to visit Vick in prison
• PETA unveils new e-card
• Former Virginia estate fails to sell at auction
• Out of Falcons' sight, almost out of mind
• Judge's casework offers look at possible sentence
• Remaining dogs placed with rescue groups
• Source: Feds may push judge to up sentence
• NFLPA argues Vick should not lose roster bonus
• Vick co-defendants get 18, 21 months in prison
• Vick agrees to put up almost $1M for dogs' care
• Vick given April trial date on state charges
• Vick surrenders to begin serving sentence early
• Home at center of Vick dogfighting scandal sold
• Vick fires one of his lawyers in dogfighting case
• Man who sold Vick pit bull pleads guilty
• Man connected to Vick dogfight ring pleads guilty
• Third bank sues Vick, claims he defaulted on loan
• Arbiter: Falcons have right to reclaim bonuses
• PETA: Vick had class on animal cruelty
• Evaluations show 48 of Vick's dogs placeable
• Vick tests positive for marijuana
• Vick supporters turn out for town meeting
• Vick's apology notes fetch $10.2K at auction
Vick's Plea/NFL Suspension• Vick pleads guilty to federal dogfighting charge
• The plea (PDF) | Statement of facts (PDF)
• Vick's statement: Watch it | Read it
• Roger Cossack explains plea deal
• Poll: Vick should be banned
• Va. Tech, Beamer continue to support Vick
• Vick supporters drown out protesters
• NFL suspends Vick indefinitely | Goodell (PDF)
• Chris Mortensen on Vick's suspension
• Vick files plea agreement admitting to dogfighting
Indictment• Marbury's about-face: Vick 'is 100 percent wrong'
• National NAACP: Vick 'not a victim' | Audio
• Atlanta NAACP: Vick should be allowed to return
• Falcons come to terms with 'ex-teammate'
• Vick timeline | What they're saying
• Helyar: Even Atlanta turns against Vick
• Goodell: Vick not overshadowing season
• Vick co-defendant pleads guilty to charges
• Tony Taylor: Summary of Facts | Plea agreement
• Hometown residents stand by Vick
• Falcons had planned to suspend Vick
• Commish tells Vick to avoid camp
• Vick indicted | The indictment (pdf) | Civil arrest warrant (pdf)
Town Hall meeting• Town Hall chat wrap: Chadiha
Previous columns/analysis• Munson: Q&A on Vick reporting to prison early
• Munson: Looking at Judge Hudson
• Vick's high school learning lessons
• Bryant: Confounded by race issue
• Munson: Q&A about local indictment
• Munson: Next focus for Vick is length of sentence
• Schlabach: Vick an afterthought on VT campus
• Chadiha: Vick not running from truth
• Hill: Coverage means bigger issues ignored
• Wojciechowski: Pay attention to the fallen star
• Bryant: Vick's plea deal comes with baggage
• Bryant: In failing Vick, NFLPA fails itself
• Munson: Vick plea means surrender
• Forde: Vick's epic fall
• Pasquarelli: Major blow for Falcons
• Chadiha: Lots of lessons to be learned
• Wojciechowski: Punishment with teeth
• Easterbrook: Little sympathy?
• Clayton: Vick's NFL future might be bleak
• E-Ticket: A history of mistrust
• Chadiha: Vick's bad choices