Vick sentencing: What they're saying
Reaction to suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick receiving a 23-month federal prison sentence for running a dogfighting ring and lying about it:
"I'm willing to deal with the consequences and accept
responsibility for my actions."
-- Michael Vick
"You need to apologize to the millions of young people who looked up to you."
-- U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson.
"That's a determination we'll make later on. As I said earlier when we suspended him indefinitely, we would evaluate that when the legal process was closed."
-- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, when asked if Vick should play again.
"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."
-- Falcons owner Arthur Blank
"We knew this was a statement case so I figured it'd be a statement verdict."
-- Falcons tight end Alge Crumpler
"I'm so hurt. I'm sick, for real. It's harsh. This is kind of like when Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali did things that kept us from seeing them in their athletic primes. Here's another guy, in his prime, going to prison. It's a sad day in sports.
-- Former Falcons fullback Fred McCrary, to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Michael will take advantage of this as a learning experience. He now knows when he returns back to us that he cannot in any way do anything that would injure an animal."
-- Michael Vick's lawyer, Billy Martin
"People that are involved in this blood sport are on notice. You can throw your life away by being involved in this."
-- John Goodwin of the Humane Society of the United States
"This is a significant moment in the history of animal cruelty prosecution, and sends a clear message to criminals everywhere -- that this kind of gross and barbaric cruelty to animals will not be tolerated."
-- Ed Sayres, president & CEO of the ASPCA
"I'm just hoping that Michael can take that penalty and move forward and come back, recapture his career and his direction. And it can send a message to young people again, that I've made mistakes and will pay my penalty."
-- Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy
"You have to be on top or your game, so to speak, as it relates to dealing with other people, dealing with your family and dealing with any circumstances. You know that you represent yourself, your family and the NFL."
-- Cleveland Browns coach Romeo Crennel
"Now, it's time for him to continue working to get his life back in order. I've got every hope and belief that's what is going to take place, and that we will have a successful end to this story."
-- Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer
"I don't support the situation with the animals, but I support him. I believe his apology is sincere."
-- Ryan Eanes, waiting outside the courtroom
"We can't really take anything for granted. That's why we have to be careful of what we do as
-- Arizona Cardinals cornerback and former Vick teammate at Virginia Tech Eric Green
"Sometimes you get a bad rap. I know he does a
lot of good for the community. It's just a shame that one mistake
can kind of tarnish your reputation and your career. But it's just
the world we live in as athletes."
-- Cardinals linebacker Calvin Pace
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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
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