Right, he's sorry he got caught.. that's all.
RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) -- Shortly after entering a guilty plea Monday to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge, suspended NFL quarterback Michael Vick apologized "for all the things that I've done and that I've allowed to happen."
Michael Vick speaks to reporters after Monday's guilty plea.
In addition to making apologies to Atlanta Falcons teammates, his coach and the National Football League, Vick also said he was sorry "to all the young kids out there for my immature acts."
"What I did was very immature so that means I need to grow up," he said.
He said that he was "disappointed in myself" and that "dogfighting is a terrible thing and I ... reject it."
He said, "Through this situation I've found Jesus."
During a hearing Monday, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson asked Vick if he understood the charge. Vick responded, "Yes sir."
Hudson is considering whether to accept a plea deal that calls for a sentence of 12 to 18 months. Watch Vick arrive in court »
The judge set a December 10 sentencing hearing. That's the same day the Falcons are scheduled to take on rivals the New Orleans Saints on ESPN's "Monday Night Football."
Vick was met by cheering supporters as his attorneys and federal marshals escorted him into the U.S. District Court in Richmond. A group of protesters holding signs with pictures of injured fighting dogs also was on hand.
In legal papers filed last week, Vick admitted financing a dogfighting operation and participating in the killing of dogs that did not fight well.
The former NFL No. 1 draft pick from Virginia Tech could face up to five years in a federal prison, but prosecutors have agreed to seek a lesser punishment.
On Friday, the NFL suspended Vick, 27, indefinitely without pay.
"Your admitted conduct was not only illegal, but also cruel and reprehensible. Your team, the NFL, and NFL fans have all been hurt by your actions," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Vick.
- Vick: My role in dogfighting enterprise (pdf)
- Fighting dogs face grim future
- Original indictment (pdf)
- Lawyers.com: What to do if you witness animal abuse
Goodell said he would review the status of the suspension after the legal proceedings are over.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Vick's admissions describe actions that are "incomprehensible and unacceptable."
The suspension makes "a strong statement that conduct which tarnishes the good reputation of the NFL will not be tolerated," he said in a statement.
Goodell said the Falcons could "assert any claims or remedies" to recover $22 million of Vick's signing bonus from the 10-year, $130 million contract he signed in 2004, according to The Associated Press.
Vick pleaded guilty to one count of "Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture" in a plea agreement filed at U.S. District Court.
In an additional summary of facts, signed by Vick and filed with the agreement, Vick admitted buying pit bulls and the property used for training and fighting the dogs, but the statement said he did not bet on the fights or receive any of the money won.
"Most of the 'Bad Newz Kennels' operations and gambling monies were provided by Vick," the official summary of facts said. Gambling wins were generally split among co-conspirators Tony Taylor, Quanis Phillips and sometimes Purnell Peace, it continued.
"Vick did not gamble by placing side bets on any of the fights. Vick did not receive any of the proceeds from the purses that were won by 'Bad Newz Kennels.' "
Vick also agreed that "collective efforts" by him and two others caused the deaths of at least six dogs.
Peace, 35, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Phillips, 28, of Atlanta, Georgia; and Taylor, 34, of Hampton, Virginia, have accepted agreements to plead guilty in exchange for reduced sentences. See a timeline of the case against Vick »
The federal case against Vick focused on the interstate conspiracy, but Vick's admission that he was involved in the killing of dogs could lead to local charges, Toobin said.
"It sometimes happens -- not often -- that the state will follow a federal prosecution by charging its own crimes for exactly the same behavior," Toobin said.
"The risk for Vick is, if he makes admissions in his federal guilty plea, the state of Virginia could say, 'Hey, look, you admitted violating Virginia state law as well. We're going to introduce that against you and charge you in our court.' "
In the plea deal, Vick agreed to cooperate with investigators and provide all information he may have on any criminal activity and to testify if necessary. Vick also agreed to turn over any documents he has and to submit to polygraph tests.
Vick agreed to "make restitution for the full amount of the costs associated" with the dogs that are being held by the government.
"Such costs may include, but are not limited to, all costs associated with the care of the dogs involved in that case, including if necessary, the long-term care and/or the humane euthanasia of some or all of those animals."
Prosecutors, with the support of animal rights activists, have asked for permission to euthanize the dogs. But the dogs could serve as important evidence in the cases against Vick and his admitted co-conspirators.
Vick: 'I need to grow up' - CNN.com
All I have to say is I think even 5 year olds are mature enough to know that killing animals is wrong...
I love how he's got a cop out for everything. Your immaturity just cost you your career, douchebag...
Right, he's sorry he got caught.. that's all.
I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.
he found Jesus?? well good for him, but i just cant get it over my head, how could he do these terrible things to those poor dogs!
And they always find Jesus after they get caught
I don't believe a freaking word of it. Go to hell.
Vodka and buttfucking for all!
Hello mother fucker! when you ask a question read also the answer instead of asking another question on an answer who already contain the answer of your next question!
I didn't know Jebus was missing. If he wants to find someone, why doesn't he hunt down Osama or "the real killers" or something?
FUCK YOU AND GIVE ME MY GODDAMN VENTI TWO PUMP LIGHT WHIP MOCHA YOU COCKSUCKING WHORE BEFORE I PUNCH YOU IN THE MOUTH. I just get unpleasant in my car. - Deej
Healthy is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
OT True Story: My late father was an Army Chaplain. I remember one day when some Bible thumpers came to our door in South Carolina on a Saturday morning. When my Dad answered the door, one of the women asked him if he had found Jesus. To which he replied "I didn't know he was missing. But if I find him, I'll let him know you were looking for him." He then closed the door ... and we all laughed our asses off ...
I always tell them Im a devout catholic(which I'm not) and I think they're blashpemers and working for the devil. That usually makes them run the other way...
Fuck him...you're right Grimm, he's sorry about one thing, that he was caught.
he forgot to add 'dickhead, asshole, wanker, loser and total retard to his apology.
Who the hell tells these celebrities to tell the public that they've found religion after they get caught out doing something, what a retarded thing to say, what a pig.
I found him! He was over here hugging a sheep
"Through this situation I've found Jesus."
He found Jesus huh. Gee it only took a few days. He's a grown man who has probably been to church all his growing up years but he never knew who Jesus was. I'm an atheist and I don't need to find Jesus to know he is a big fuck, and a lying fuck at that.
If I can't be a good example, then let me be a horrible warning.
People who enjoy dog fighting and, even worse, participate in it are not "immature." They are mean as hell and perverse.
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