Michael Vick has now apologized to Arthur Blank, the Atlanta Falcons, Bobby Petrino, Roger Goodell, fans, children, and pretty much everyone in the Universe but he did not seem to mention the poor animals that he tortured, victimized, destroyed and heaven knows what else during his six plus years of participating in and bankrolling dog fights. And then to blame it on his “immaturity” and that he has not grown up as yet. He was old enough to accept a $130 million contract from the Falcons, take money from lucrative endorsement deals and act like a self important person, both on and off the field, and figured out how to make Arthur Blank and Roger Goodell believe him. “Immature” is not the word to describe Vick unless you are the lawyer that gave him the ideas for his apology. So many words spring to mind to describe someone that tortures and destroys animals but Vick is not worth the breath to mention them.
One can only hope that Judge Hudson on the 10th December in the sentencing hearing looks beyond the Michael Vick and Billy Martin circus to the years of animal abuse that Vick and his friends participated in and gives Vick the sentence he deserves for his crime without worrying if the man will ever play in the NFL again. And, of course, the state of Virginia, the IRS and the NFL are waiting in the wings for the guilty Michael Vick.
It has just been announced by Billy Martin, the lead attorney of Michael Vick’s defense team, that Michael Vick has pleaded guilty to the federal charges of dog fighting and the associated charges and has also taken full responsibility. The Judge has not made public the details of the plea agreement but has stated that Michael Vick will plead guilty in front of the court on Monday, the 27th August at 10.30 AM.
Please do not think that Michael Vick has had a change of heart about dog fighting and has written a very large check to The Humane Society of the United States or various animal charities. He is still the same person that along with a group of his “friends” (the friends that could not race to the courthouse fast enough to put in their own plea agreements) organized dog fights, tortured and executed dogs and gambled on dog fighting. Basically Vick saw his “friends”, known and unknown, line up against him. And we have not yet heard from Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, who could suspend Vick from the NFL indefinitely and Arthur Blank, the owner of the Atlanta Falcons, who could cut him from the Atlanta Falcons. One can only imagine the telephone calls between Goodell and Blank at the moment, particularly as they appeared to be sitting on the fence until Vick’s “friends” decided to get into court and arrange their plea agreements before Vick knew what was happening.
Michael Vick had a $130 million contract, thousands of adoring fans and more sports endorsements than most players. In my opinion there is no reason to feel sorry for the man – he had everything that most people could even dream of but he did not have good judgment, compassion for animals and true friends, things that money can not buy. Vick should remember that his incarceration is more merciful that the fate of the dogs he allegedly helped torture and kill. It is now time to take action against dog fighting and other forms of animal cruelty as the Vick case is only one example of animal cruelty.
This is a developing story as the NFLand the Atlanta Falcons will eventually make statements and, of course, there is Michael Vick’s court appearance next week when the Judge will make his own decision about Michael Vick.