Plea Deal in Vick Case Could Be Announced This Afternoon

There were growing indications today that Michael Vick's attorneys could complete a plea agreement with federal prosecutors and perhaps announce as soon as this afternoon that the Atlanta Falcons quarterback has accepted the deal.

A source familiar with the case, speaking on the condition of anonymity because nothing had been announced publicly, said a resolution to the plea negotiations was possible by the end of the day, barring a last-minute breakdown in talks or a rejection of the proposed plea deal by Vick.

Any plea agreement would have to be approved by the judge in the case and could collapse at any point until then.

Under the proposed deal, Vick would agree to plead guilty to the federal dogfighting charges against him. Vick's lawyers and prosecutors reportedly have been discussing an arrangement by which Vick would spend about a year in jail.

Vick's three co-defendants in the case previously agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with the prosecution.

Vick is charged with helping to operate a dogfighting ring based at a property owned by him in southeastern Virginia. He's scheduled to go on trial Nov. 26.

NFL discipline against Vick remains pending. Last month, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered Vick not to report to the Falcons' training camp and announced that Vick's playing status would be determined by a review being conducted by Washington attorney Eric Holder.

The federal indictment of Vick portrayed him as an active member of the dogfighting operation who attended and even traveled to dogfights, paid bets for losing fights and participated in the killing of dogs that didn't perform well.

By Mark Maske |  August 20, 2007; 1:18 PM ET  | Category:  Falcons , League
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Vick shouldn't be given all this extra time to decide what he is going to do. He should be treated just like some anonymous guy from the streets. It is sickening to see him being given special consideration because he has fame & money. If he is guilty, as it appears he is ready to admit, he is a subhuman scum of the worst kind.

Posted by: Brent | August 20, 2007 2:00 PM

Hey folks--it's the gambling aspect that is most intriguing to me. With that, the commish can bar him for life....

Posted by: unacoder | August 20, 2007 2:04 PM

i think he should die and rot in hell

Posted by: kristi | August 20, 2007 2:07 PM

i think he should die and rot in hell

Posted by: kristi | August 20, 2007 2:07 PM

Its just like the majority of high profile cases, you or I would be in chains by now and there wouldn't be a "am I guilt or not", this clown is GUILTY, I hope that even if he "accepts" just a year in prison, the Judge gets real and makes it 5 years...

Posted by: Peter H | August 20, 2007 2:08 PM

mr vick, meet oj

Posted by: Mearsheimer | August 20, 2007 2:09 PM

vick should be aquited of all charges!

Posted by: bbodet | August 20, 2007 2:09 PM

Vick is pure evil and should continue to be shunned by every man, woman, child and company with a conscience. He should never be allowed to put on an NFL uniform again. Good riddance.

Posted by: Geo | August 20, 2007 2:12 PM

Scum of the earth? Hardly... Crimes against dogs do not come close to crimes against humans, kids, women, etc... We dont make a huge fuss over that like we should. Maybe were just used to it. I'll tell you who the scum are... The ones stealing our identities, filling our city's with other illegles commiting crimes and such. Lets not get to worked up over Vick's involvement there are so many worse things happening right now that we dont even suspect. Take you're arms from around that tree and get over it...

Posted by: Jason | August 20, 2007 2:12 PM

Get real....how can you beat michael vick to a pulp...and yet say nothing when ray lewis is idicted on double murder charges??? No response has human life really slipped that far down? He was never even blinked at he is playing right now. What michael vick did ws wrong no reasone to end his career!

Posted by: matt | August 20, 2007 2:14 PM

iSN'T IT FITTING THAT HE WILL BE THE ONE IN THE PEN NOW

Posted by: JOHN | August 20, 2007 2:14 PM

If he gets a year for every dog he supposedly helped kill, that would be 8 months; right? If he agrees to a year, he just may get out in about 8 months with good behavior. Remember, if any one you knew were convicted of something similar, they might be behind bars for three to five times as long...where is the justice?

Posted by: Noah | August 20, 2007 2:14 PM

You people are sick...IF i had to choose between a human and a dog I would shoot a Dog!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 2:15 PM

You people are sick...IF i had to choose between a human and a dog I would shoot a Dog!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 2:15 PM

Let him rot in prison and then never play professional football again.

Posted by: Carlos | August 20, 2007 2:16 PM

You people are sick...IF i had to choose between a human and a dog I would shoot a Dog!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 2:16 PM

You people are sick...IF i had to choose between a human and a dog I would shoot a Dog!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 2:16 PM

Let him rot in prison and then never play professional football again.

Posted by: Carlos | August 20, 2007 2:16 PM

lol on that last one^^^ we got a live one here!

Posted by: lol | August 20, 2007 2:16 PM

No, he's not being given "extra time" (the trial is nov.26) & he's not being granted any preferential treatment due to his celebrity.

Quite the contrary, if he weren't a celebrity 99.99999% of us would never know about this case. The only difference is that he can afford quality legal help. Plea bargains are done all the time & it's a matter for his attorneys & the prosecutors to work out.

Posted by: Frederick | August 20, 2007 2:17 PM

were is the justice FOR RAY LEWIS's DEAD GIRLFRIEND AND BABY????? UNSOLVED MURDER AND STILL PLAYING FOOTBALL!!!!!

Posted by: matt | August 20, 2007 2:17 PM

GET grip it is dog fighting...IS it rong yes, but more heinous crimes are out there....again get a grip

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2007 2:18 PM

This is BS ..What he did was wrong...its sad that today he would have been better off beating or murdering a woman he would still be playing if that were the case!

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 2:19 PM

Hey matt!!! Thats ray carruth not lewis

Posted by: jason | August 20, 2007 2:19 PM

He rubbed off on his brother. Both individuals are nothing but low class scum. But a year in jail is fair as long as the NFL reinstates him, otherwise give him 3-5.

Posted by: Tony | August 20, 2007 2:20 PM

Only evil and demented people (of any color) torture and kill animals for "sport" or "entertainment". If you think that it is no big deal, go ask any serial killer how they got their start and 9 out 10 will say torturing and killing animals. Cruelty is cruelty, we should not be more upset towards cruelty to animals than people, but we should not be any less upset. The next step for these dogfighters is people and law enforcement officials who raid these fights almost always arrest people that are wanted on other serious charges and are carrying weapons and drugs.

Posted by: trw | August 20, 2007 2:20 PM

You mean ray curruth?

Posted by: JOHN | August 20, 2007 2:20 PM

According to reports, Vick had a deadline of last Friday to accept the plea deal. It is now Monday, and his scuzzy attorneys are demanding even more time to hear from Goodell. That sounds like extra time to me.

Posted by: Brent | August 20, 2007 2:20 PM

I agree to an extent on the comment regarding Ray Lewis, and have often wondered how that indictment was downplayed in the news, media and NFL response. However, what I hope the Vick case demonstrates is that NO athlete is above the law, and illegal dog-fighting, abuse, gambling and racketeering of any sort will not be tolerated by our judicial system or the National Football League.

Posted by: LAF | August 20, 2007 2:21 PM

My father Shot 3 dogs wanna indict him???

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 2:21 PM

TRW??? Come on now, they do the dog fighting as a hobby, not a sickness. You cant compare them to serial killers. I highly doubt they were going to go on a killing spree after the matches. WAKE UP

Posted by: jason | August 20, 2007 2:22 PM

OK LAF i agree with you....But come on His career should not be over...He should do the time given to him and give him the chance to learn from his mistakes....

Posted by: matt | August 20, 2007 2:22 PM

All dogs are going to die anyway....whats the big deal....Let the man do what he wants with his dogs.....

Posted by: Todd | August 20, 2007 2:23 PM

how about we put him in a small arena with a few of the dogs he trained to kill. We get top bet on who wins.

Posted by: gyrene | August 20, 2007 2:23 PM

how about we put him in a small arena with a few of the dogs he trained to kill. We get top bet on who wins.

Posted by: gyrene | August 20, 2007 2:24 PM

Hopefully this animal called Vick will be paralized from a hit that he receives in the future!! ..That would be SUUUUWEEEEEEEEEEET!!!

Posted by: Manny | August 20, 2007 2:24 PM

I hit one with my truck last week

Posted by: John | August 20, 2007 2:25 PM

vic will get what he deserves, jail time, and with any luck a dog loving cellmate

Posted by: billy | August 20, 2007 2:26 PM

That jason guy is obviously an idiot.....He should proof read his statments before they are posted....I say bring back the Stockades and Michael Vick should be the first to feel the wrath of public justice.....Prison just doesnt seem fair...or brutal enough...You may say that Eye for an Eye makes the world blind....But we are far beyond that stage in society.....so throw him in pit with some of those dogs...and he will probobly straghten up.....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Vick=Sick | August 20, 2007 2:26 PM

WHY is this walking piece of scum being allowed to bargin? He took dogs into the woods and left them to die a slow death of strangulation. He is is sociopath. Why does he get special treatment!

Posted by: hazel | August 20, 2007 2:26 PM

I'd rather shoot a human than a dog. Dogs are clearly better than most of you posters.

Posted by: anon | August 20, 2007 2:27 PM

You paople want to end a kids career over dogs and not give him a chance to learn from this....this is a case of when keeping it real goes wrong ...

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 2:27 PM

If he is guilty, then his NFL career should be over. Playing in the NFL for mega bucks is a privlege. Anyone who does the things Vick is accused of does not deserve that privlege. On top of that, he wasn't even a very good quarterback - certainly not worth the top dollar that the Falcons paid him. The guy makes more than Peyton Manning, and can't pass any better than an average college QB.

Posted by: Brent | August 20, 2007 2:27 PM

The worst part is that in prison...he will be a hero amongst the Porch Monkey prison population!!

Posted by: Porch Monkey | August 20, 2007 2:28 PM

Matt and Todd, not real smart are you?

Posted by: ckc | August 20, 2007 2:29 PM

Justice is justice and what he gets he deserves. If these were people he would have been in prison the rest od his life. Because it was dogs he his getting a year if he pleads out. The only reason there is so much fuss is because he is Vick. I think anyone else would looking at the same deal. My opinion of him is that he deserves what he gets and if gets to play again I will boycott his games.

Posted by: DONJ | August 20, 2007 2:31 PM

ITS A DOGGGG>>>>A DOG...PIT BULLS ARE ILLEGAL IN TONS OF CITIES FOR A REASON THEY ARE VICIOUS CREATURE BY NATURE!!!!!

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 2:31 PM

Dogfighting is disgusting but let's get real. The majority of people who want to throw Vick under the bus are the very ones who are more capable of showing compassion to animals than they are to humans. If you think that ending someone's life because that person does not share your compassion for animals is appropriate punishment, then something is seriously wrong with you.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2007 2:31 PM

These were puppies. Innocent dogs. This guy is copping a plea because he is guilty. Mr Vick is inhumanely cruel and deserves to rot in jail.

Posted by: Charles | August 20, 2007 2:32 PM

NO PLEA FOR VICK.
he should go to jail one yr / each dog he killed.
then change his name to BEN DOVER.
and rot in hell.
our justice system is so weak, give him less than 5 yrs will anger the whole country except the redneck and scum like him.
by the way, matt/ben dover , u r a sick f**k too.

Posted by: ann | August 20, 2007 2:33 PM

Not saying that Vick shouldn't be punished, but where is this type of passion, when it comes to our children getting killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. We need to focus our energy on more important issues.

Posted by: Reality Break | August 20, 2007 2:33 PM

I hope Vick suffers a career ending injury and then develops a disease that kills him slowly.

Posted by: Ray | August 20, 2007 2:33 PM

Just in: Vick accepts plea deal

Atlanta Falcons quarterback and Hampton Roads native Michael Vick has accepted a plea deal - and a likely prison sentence - to avoid additional federal charges related to a professional dogfighting operation, according to one of Vick's attorneys.

Vick is going to enter a guilty plea to the felony conspiracy charge next Monday at 10:30 a.m., said Lawrence Woodward, one of Vick's defense attorneys.

"Mike's accepting full responsibility," Woodward said. "He's going to do everything he can personally and professionally to make this situation right."

Posted by: Brent | August 20, 2007 2:33 PM

You would shoot a person over a dog??? Think about that statement....Really ..cause a Pit Bull would Eat Your A** With out even thinking twice...Then ill shoot you for underperforming.

Posted by: matt | August 20, 2007 2:34 PM

Ray Lewis was never convicted of killing anyone. He was convicted of "Obstruction of justice" for not being completely cooperative with investigators, but it was never shown that he actually had anything to do with the stabbing.

Carruth was the one with the wife and he will probably never see the outside of the pen, let alone play football.

Vick will get some time, be booted out of football, and justice will be served. Although, not as much justice as if they threw him into a cage with about 6 of these fighting dogs that hadn't been fed in three or four days. That would be real justice.

Anyone who isn't appalled by Vicks action is as big a scumbag as he is.

Posted by: Travis | August 20, 2007 2:35 PM

DOGFIGHTING IS WRONG HE WILL GO TO PRISON BUT THINK ABOUT WHAT YOUR TELLING OUR CHILDREN.....THAT WHEN THEY GET MURDERED AND RAPED ITS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS A DOG???

Posted by: matt | August 20, 2007 2:36 PM

Hey Matt! Just curious but how do you teach compassion? Let him hold a baby and tell him "Now this is how you treat a baby". Let him hold a puppy and tell him "Now this is how you hold a puppy" "You're not supposed to hurt them" "You're not supposed to think it's fun when you are hurting them"

Right! I can see it now.
He and those like him are nut cases.

Posted by: Trouble | August 20, 2007 2:36 PM

First of all, he didn't "have to torture human or animals, he had it all. I'm glad to see him sinking. Animals are helpless and Michael Vick as no heart as a human which makes me not care if he gets the same treatment as those poor animals. I didn't know who Mike Vick was before I found about the abuse so don't start the racist bull crap. I don't give a damn what color a person is!! If he's rotten, he's rotten. I hope God forgives me but he needs to be done just like those dogs!!!!!!

Posted by: Lois Peterson | August 20, 2007 2:37 PM

First of all, he didn't "have to torture human or animals, he had it all. I'm glad to see him sinking. Animals are helpless and Michael Vick as no heart as a human which makes me not care if he gets the same treatment as those poor animals. I didn't know who Mike Vick was before I found about the abuse so don't start the racist bull crap. I don't give a damn what color a person is!! If he's rotten, he's rotten. I hope God forgives me but he needs to be done just like those dogs!!!!!!

Posted by: Lois Peterson | August 20, 2007 2:37 PM

Michael Irvin was caught with hookers and crack and was given a job on ESPN and elected to the Hall of Fame. I love sports, but our obsession with entertainment and mony in this country is getting sickening. The public loves entertainment and the advertisers love the public's money.

Posted by: manderso | August 20, 2007 2:39 PM

Did you all read the comment by Porch Monkey? Are you serious? The funniest thing about racism, as well as the most ignorant thing, is the fact that it comes out in the most unnecessary of situations. You can hide behind your blog just like you probably hide behind your white sheet, but the truth will one day come to light COWARD!!!!

Posted by: Realist | August 20, 2007 2:39 PM

Matt & Todd- We'll have the last laugh.

Vick will be treated better in jail than any of his dogs but he'll still be in a cage, where he belongs. Kiss all the big bucks goodbye!

Also folks. it is unecessary to decide between shooting a human or a dog, so quit rank ordering your execution lineup!!!

Posted by: MJ | August 20, 2007 2:39 PM

The guy is toast...lost his good name, product endorsements and most likely his abilty to play in the NFL for life.

If he was smart he would fire his bloodsucking lawyers bilking his defense for millions and admit his guilt, take the plea deal, serve his time, go on the Dr. Phil show and blame it on his childhood and sign a deal with the Canadian football league were he will most likley play out his saddening career.

If he does the Dr. Phil show soon he might get by with a five year ban rather than life from the NFL.

Posted by: Super Agent | August 20, 2007 2:40 PM

You dont know what he did..He may have trusted the wrong people you dont know anything...A new york man was released for rapeing a child because his rights to a speedy trial violated??? come on

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 2:40 PM

I think it is funny how you people want to kill him. I don't hear any of you saying that there is something wrong with deer hunting. Where is the outrage on deer hunting? Don't say it is sport because so is dog fighting to some. At least with dog fighting they are training the dog to win. Where as in deer hunting the deer doesn't have a chance. People put out deer feeds and sit in a tree then shoot the deer. Where is the sport in that? I think Vick should do his time and get a chance to play football again. I don't agree with what he did but I don't think he should be banned from the NFL for the rest of his life. The sad thing in all this is that he would have been better off going into a Luby's and killing everyone in there. You people wouldn't care then. You people make me sick. That is what is wrong with our Country. We have a bunch of idiots living here that put the life a dog above a human life. I wish all of you Vick haters would die and rot in he!l And for the person that said Mr Vick meet OJ i have one question for you, were this upset when Robert Blake got off on murder? Or was that because he was white and she was white? I guess for a black to kill a white he must be guilty and die. This country needs help. We have not come that far from the civil rights movement.

Posted by: David | August 20, 2007 2:42 PM

Matt - get real man - there is no santa clause and the tooth fairy is your uncle visiting you at night you perv.

And oh by the way...OJ is innocent RIGH

Posted by: Super Agent | August 20, 2007 2:43 PM

Welcome to the United States of Hypocrites!!!

We go Quail hunting; have a channel dedicated to hunting harmless defenseless animals and other inhumane treatment of animals.

No problem!!!

When an overpaid pompous athlete is charged with engaging and sponsoring dog fighting. Guilty as charged!

Fry Him!

Dogs>>>>>>Human beings.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2007 2:43 PM

Vick as are most athletes is a self absorbed sociopath. Blue Chip athletes are given free reign in this country because they produce revenue. Most of these athletes believe they are above the law. College athletes get clothing, education, tutoring and a myriad of other things free. The also don't have to follow the same rules normally that the rank and file students do. We make our own monsters. When will we figure it out?

Posted by: manderso | August 20, 2007 2:43 PM

Just leave him alone the american public just needed something to blow up on...HE IS NOT SATAN....I would rather focus all this wasted energy on Child molesters and murders

Posted by: matt | August 20, 2007 2:44 PM

I fully agree with poster trw.Also,Vick needs to be put into a ring of pitbulls and get tortured by them.Lets see if he would like to get electrocuted.

Posted by: krazed1 | August 20, 2007 2:44 PM

He's done. He gambled. He lied to the commissioner. He's history.

Posted by: Marcus Vick | August 20, 2007 2:45 PM

David if you ever see a dog fight then you would know you are out of touch with reality.

I would like you pick up the dead dogs that are mauled and bleeding and carry them to your grave!

Posted by: Super Agent | August 20, 2007 2:45 PM

People who think Vic should be acquitted and that dogs should be shot have more serious problems than stupidity - they've lost their humanity.

Posted by: alienlovesong | August 20, 2007 2:46 PM

Yeah, those where just dogs and I believe an eye for an eye is appropriate. Let's treat people who do things to another helpless living creature get the same treatment. And stop the special treatment!! Those are credible witnesses against him as he has a record to. He must have been on drugs when he did this or he is heartless which to me means he's dead!!

Posted by: Linda Ames | August 20, 2007 2:46 PM

Yeah, those where just dogs and I believe an eye for an eye is appropriate. Let's treat people who do things to another helpless living creature get the same treatment. And stop the special treatment!! Those are credible witnesses against him as he has a record to. He must have been on drugs when he did this or he is heartless which to me means he's dead!!

Posted by: Linda Ames | August 20, 2007 2:46 PM

Yeah, those where just dogs and I believe an eye for an eye is appropriate. Let's treat people who do things to another helpless living creature get the same treatment. And stop the special treatment!! Those are credible witnesses against him as he has a record to. He must have been on drugs when he did this or he is heartless which to me means he's dead!!

Posted by: Linda Ames | August 20, 2007 2:46 PM

Im at a dog fight right now SUE ME!!!!

Posted by: matt | August 20, 2007 2:47 PM

Vick's career is toast. He wasn't a very good QB anyway, and now that he is public relations death, nobody will want the guy. He may get to be a backup in Arena Football, but even that is doubtful. They have to pass in the Arena league.

Posted by: Brent | August 20, 2007 2:47 PM

Michael Vick might know how to throw a football, but the bottom line is that he is STUPID. He went from earning a HUGE salery to complete sh!t in a matter of weeks. And all for what ammounts to chump change in the big picture. (Nice job Player)I don't care what the judge has to say about the case. In the court of public oppinion, he is guilty and all his sponsors know it and will run in the other direction! As they should

Posted by: Dave | August 20, 2007 2:48 PM

HUMANITY>>>ITS A DOG...Until a Dog can VOTE It has NO Rights!

Posted by: matt | August 20, 2007 2:48 PM

yes, the "Porch Monkey" response was irresponsible but so is the response of some in the African American community suggesting racism as the reason why Vick is facing these charges in the first place!

Posted by: donaldj | August 20, 2007 2:48 PM

KEY WORD ON HUMANITY>>>>HUMAN

Posted by: MAtt | August 20, 2007 2:49 PM

Anyone who isn't appalled by Vicks action is as big a scumbag as he is.
ABSOLUTELY TRAVIS!!!

Posted by: dawn | August 20, 2007 2:49 PM

Vick be abused by the system. White man can't stand a Black man bein at the top.

Posted by: JaLucius | August 20, 2007 2:51 PM

Matt:
ITS A DOGGGG>>>>A DOG...PIT BULLS ARE ILLEGAL IN TONS OF CITIES FOR A REASON THEY ARE VICIOUS CREATURE BY NATURE!!!!!

This statement shows just how ignorant most people are about bully breeds and dogfighting. American Bull Terriers (or pit bulls, if you must) are NOT "vicious by nature" - they are bred and treated by humans to be vicious. If that were not the case, there would be no reason to "roll" puppies and kill the ones who don't show any vicious traits. Breeding for meanness has ruined the breed's reputation, as it did for Dobermans when I was a kid. And it will take 10 years or more and aggressive enforcement to rehabilitate the breed.

Dogfighting is a CRIME. Vick committed the crime, it's time for him to man up and do the time. (BTW, how can you characterize a 27-yr old as a "kid"?)

Posted by: Suz | August 20, 2007 2:52 PM

Im not Appalled...Im not happy..im very dissapointed i have dobermans...i dont like this one bit ...but its a dog..if my dog bites my Child ill KILL it...My dog hurts A child IT a BULLET IN THE HEAD POINT BLANK...i love my dogs...i love my children more

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 2:53 PM

This is so silly. Yeah, all you dog lovers think it is so awful that he tortured and killed dogs. What about every single animal that is eaten? Cows, pigs, chicken, fish? Aren't all of them "killed" so that you can eat? Death is death, regardless of whether it happens over 20 minutes in a fight or in a single shot. Tearing heads off of chickens is often how they are killed on farms. Why isn't that torture? You think fish like getting stuck on a sharp hook and then getting pulled out the water, only to suffocate as they can't breathe? You ever watch a fish wriggle on deck as it "drowns"? You think that fish isn't going through pain? Get real, animals are animals - all you vick haters are hypocrites.

Posted by: jon | August 20, 2007 2:53 PM

I still think Vick is innocent. The Feds scared everyone into some plea and left MV as the last one standing. What can he do? If this goes to trial, he's going to lose. So he has to plea. And everyone hates him - even if he's innocent. He's guilty of staying friends with high-school buddies. It's going to cost him everything. I'd say that's more than justice.

Posted by: Paul | August 20, 2007 2:54 PM

You mean to Tell me that in the 1800's PIT BULLS where not breed to take down BULLS by the nose and hang on till submition ...For entertainment...I am positive they were...So They were bred for hihg tolerance to pain and Fighting...So whose ignorant.

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 2:55 PM

How can you people call Vick scum of the earth. Have none of you ever made a mistake that you regret? And how would you like it if for the rest of your life that's all you where remembered for. I am not defending Vicks actions, but his right to be human and make a mistake. Fighting dogs for sport and then disposing them is with out a doubt cruel, but if that's cruel then racing dogs for sport is cruel too. Not all retired greyhounds are adopted "that's right" retired greyhounds that are not adopted are disposed of. where is the inditment on that industry. What about stealing exotic animals from there mothers and sentencing them to life behind bars in a zoo, lets put Sea World on trial. That stuff gets no attention because people like the zoo and people like placing bets on racing animals, and the government is happy as long as they get their cut. So why is Vick and this dog fighting thing such a big deal, the government wasn't getting a piece of the action.

Posted by: just a guy | August 20, 2007 2:57 PM

Get over the racist bull crap and stop telling other races how we are supposed to feel. I didn't even know who he was until after I heard about the animal cruelty and I don't shoot deers either. Yes, we would care even more if it was humans he was hurting but he choose helpless animals. All pitbulls are not mean as I know alot of nice ones that have had a good upbringing. The mean pitbulls should get they're chance at Vick. This goes for anyone who would do should a thing to a living creature.

Posted by: Tony Matthews | August 20, 2007 2:58 PM

Get over the racist bull crap and stop telling other races how we are supposed to feel. I didn't even know who he was until after I heard about the animal cruelty and I don't shoot deers either. Yes, we would care even more if it was humans he was hurting but he choose helpless animals. All pitbulls are not mean as I know alot of nice ones that have had a good upbringing. The mean pitbulls should get they're chance at Vick. This goes for anyone who would do should a thing to a living creature.

Posted by: Tony Matthews | August 20, 2007 2:58 PM

Paul i Agree 100%...Everyone needs to stand up and speak THE TRUTH..what he did was wrong ...but leave him alon ...There are more serious problems than dogfighting in the world...this is an aweful excuse for an argument....i have been quiet about this until now ...no more ill fight harder than any Pit to make people realize these fact...WAR..Rape>>>Murder...Robbery...police men getting shot by drug dealers...Come on

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 2:59 PM

He isnt getting special treatment because he is one with fame. Anyone involved in a court case has the right to not accept the punishment that is put before them. They can continue to fight this for as long as they wish. They may have to sit in jail while waiting for the outcome after a certain point in time. Anyone that has been to jail knows this. Come on guys. LOL.

Posted by: Will | August 20, 2007 2:59 PM

Paul i Agree 100%...Everyone needs to stand up and speak THE TRUTH..what he did was wrong ...but leave him alone ...There are more serious problems than dogfighting in the world...this is an aweful excuse for an argument....i have been quiet about this until now ...no more ill fight harder than any Pit to make people realize these fact...WAR..Rape>>>Murder...Robbery...police men getting shot by drug dealers...Come on

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 2:59 PM

Step up chump and quit being a complete idot. MV is admitting to being a coward. Starving a dog and asking it to fight for it's life is a cowardous thing to do. Standing up for that type of behavior is the same sort of cowardous. You Matt, and those who would dare excuse this behavior are cowards.

Posted by: Matt in this tread is an idiot!!! | August 20, 2007 3:01 PM

Matt....get a clue. Wikipedia is your friend. I think you mean Rae Carruth and not Ray Lewis. Rae Carruth is in prison so I think we can close the books on that one.

Posted by: Edogg | August 20, 2007 3:01 PM

White man can't stand a Black man bein at the top.


I had to laugh when I seen that comment posted.That is definitely Not the case!!

Celebrities get off so easily.

These dogs didn't bite any children.They are innocent dogs made to go against each other.Pitbulls have a bad reputation because of their "owners".These dogs can be loving just as any other breed.

Posted by: krazed1 | August 20, 2007 3:01 PM

Black and White? Right or Wrong? Big or Small. As humans we can choose what we do. If you revel in the torture of another living crying thing then you have no conscious. If you mercy kill an animal to stop it's suffering that you didn't inflict then you are humane. If you enjoy watching suffering then you will suffer yourself one day either by your own or someone else's hand. Perhaps some of the rich and famous think they are above the law so they tempt fate to see how far they can go. I say Vick should spend 5 years in an animal rescue kennel as part of his rehabilitation, in addition to the jail.

Posted by: Reflection | August 20, 2007 3:03 PM

Kill a dog, go to prison.

Kill a country, get the Medal of Freedom.

What a great sense of priorities we have.

Posted by: daver | August 20, 2007 3:04 PM

I believe that we are putting to much into this Vick case. He is human and humans make mistakes, but there is only one man that should be the judge. There are tons of dog fighting kennels around this one is so big because of Vick. If everyone would voice their opinions at the polls then we would not have so many dead or injured family members, friends, and kids over in Iraq. He is wrong but come on everybody on here is perfect I think not.

Posted by: Kim | August 20, 2007 3:04 PM

That may have been true of the BULLDOG (note-different breed)...250 years ago (bull baiting was banned in 1835).

To state that a particular breed of dog is aggressive is scientifically impossible. The most "bitingest" dog for years has been the Cocker Spaniel. The bull terrier's terrific jaw strength and the damage it inflicts when it does bite is what started the whole "pit bulls are vicious" schtick.

Posted by: Suz | August 20, 2007 3:04 PM

I never said i Agreed with it I think He should be held Responsible are you blind i dont justify dogfightin...it wrong not fair for an animal that depends on me to be abused by me...But you all need to reserve your judgement...he is not evil..everyone makes mistakes EVERYONE..Everyone in this post has done something they seriosly regret...Should we end you careers for it....no..life is all about making mistakes he needs the chance to learn from this not get beatn down by the worls hes not a terrorist. why was nobody starting Satan Osama bin laden cut hi nuts of fry him threads

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 3:06 PM

I never said i Agreed with it I think He should be held Responsible are you blind i dont justify dogfightin...it wrong not fair for an animal that depends on me to be abused by me...But you all need to reserve your judgement...he is not evil..everyone makes mistakes EVERYONE..Everyone in this post has done something they seriosly regret...Should we end you careers for it....no..life is all about making mistakes he needs the chance to learn from this not get beatn down by the worls hes not a terrorist. why was nobody starting Satan Osama bin laden cut his nuts of fry him threads

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 3:06 PM

OKAY OKAY LOOK I CAN TAME A LION DOES TAHT MEAN ITS NOT MEAN ANYMORE?????

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 3:07 PM

OKAY OKAY LOOK I CAN TAME A LION DOES THAT MEAN ITS NOT MEAN ANYMORE?????

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 3:07 PM

Mike Vick be innocent.

Posted by: LaShawntel | August 20, 2007 3:09 PM

Of course not its still an animal with the instict to bite my A** .PIT BULLS were bred for entertainment hence the PIT fighting DOg name!!Yes it was banned but still continued illegaly for centuries ...and now we care so much why??

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 3:09 PM

Look im in the miltary i have a family and dogs (Dobermans) I make no money im white i care about HUMANity.abusing dogs is wrong Hanging a man and calling him SATAN and cutting him of from the world is wrong.i dont think its racial the only people to treat him unfair have been to public.

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 3:12 PM

There's no point in arguing with someone who is so hardheaded they are not open to information. You might want to read about the origin of the "pit" in pit bull. Regardless of what humans have mistreated an animal to do, the FACT remains that viciousness is not an inherent trait. Kick, beat, starve and chain up a beagle and you'll end up with a vicious dog.

http://www.pitbullregistry.com/unwaranted%20negative%20stigma.htm

Michael Vick committed a crime, and he should pay for that by going to jail. The gambling alone is enough that the NFL should dump his worthless butt. Professional sports in general disgusts me any more.

Posted by: Suz | August 20, 2007 3:15 PM

Judge yourself before you cast judgement on someone else....The Power of forgivness is amazing....I forgive michael vick for any thing he has done.

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 3:15 PM

Listen everyone, you and i both know michael vick is a great person.People from his past and present who have taken advantage of his generousity have started this dog fighting organization. when he signed his big deal back in 03 im pretty sure his "friends" took advantage of this and asked to start a dog fighting thing.
While were on the topic, its a dog, not a human.OJ is walking the streets after killing his ex-wife and her husband. Ray Lewis is still playing and getting ready for the upcoming season. so i dont understand why this is such a big deal. We kill animals all the time, and you can bet your ass if dogs werent "freindly loving pets" this would be a completely different situation...and yes ive read the indiciment.

Posted by: Young Trix | August 20, 2007 3:16 PM

Oh my godd!!!!! I just hit a dog; I guess I should quit my job, lose my home, have my wife divorce me and turn myself in and spend the next 3-5 years behind bars. Right, come on it's a pet not your child.

Posted by: Dan | August 20, 2007 3:16 PM

I dont care about bites....were did the PIT in PIT BULL COME FROM SMART GUY?

Posted by: matt | August 20, 2007 3:18 PM

I hope Mike is up and playing next season.

Posted by: Young Trix | August 20, 2007 3:20 PM

YOU PEOPLE ARE STUPID!!!!!!! TRUE VIC DID WRONG I AGREE AND I AGREE HE SHOULD BE PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIMES, BUT YOU CANT HATE ON THE MANS CAREER. HE IS(WAS) A GOOD QUARTERBACK AND HOPEFULLY PAY HIS DEBT TO SOCIETY,BUT YOU DONT SAY AMYTHING ABOUT US AS PEOPLE PAYING TO SEE OTHERS GETTING BET TO A PULP OR DYING FROM DOING STUPID STUNTS.COME ON NOW EVERYBODY MAKE MISTAKES AND DESERVE ANOTHER CHANCE

Posted by: TP | August 20, 2007 3:20 PM

So instead of bull baitin Pit bulls were involved IN RATTING were the pit bull would be thrown into a PIT

Posted by: matt | August 20, 2007 3:22 PM

Wait for me Dan I just put two male Betta fish in the same tank and one just killed the other; how much time do you think I could get for that 6-10 months.

Posted by: Dave | August 20, 2007 3:23 PM

You ignorant people who have no lives and just spread your B-crap all over when no one wants to hear your nonsense. Shut up and go back to your ghetto and tend to your wife and kids instead of feeding off the system and making money from dogs. Get a real life and then you come and tell me that MIKE VICK should ROT IN HELL and we should drop a bomb on all of you useless people

Posted by: lisa | August 20, 2007 3:32 PM

he sure makes a lot of mistakes for a big time player....ron mexico, the finger, water bottle incident, dog fighting.....wow what a great role model!!

Posted by: donfelix | August 20, 2007 3:32 PM

Everybody keeps bringing OJ into this, he was not convicted and it was not enough evidence to convict him so leave that man alone. I find it very hard to kill two people with a knife out in the streets by yourself and one do not run or scream. So leave that man alone. Ray Lewis did not kill anyone so why is he being mentioned. That is why this world is so corrupt because people always passing judgement. I am not perfect and I have made mistakes but dang should I be killed by a pit or jailed. You people should get a life and stop hating that man had more rushing yards then any other quaterback and he was inproving with his passing, he had a good career and now of you can take that from him. Get over it already.

Posted by: Kim | August 20, 2007 3:32 PM

Im in the military not a ghetto and i dont kill dogs unless it bites

Posted by: matt | August 20, 2007 3:33 PM

Shut up MATT. I would shoot you anytime of the day!!!!!

Posted by: doglover | August 20, 2007 3:39 PM

I think that this is really a simple case and a waste of tax payers funds. There are way more hideous crimes out there that the law could spend more time on vs this. Dogs that are even household dogs commonly, but dogs that are known for turning on there masters and are fighter dogs in there own right. I think its a complete waste of time. I guess if they couldnt get OJ, Mike Jackson, R.Kelly, Kobe Byrant, Mike Jordan on there troubles with the law, they have to make a example out of one of our well known black superstars!

Posted by: Jeremy | August 20, 2007 3:40 PM

One less thug in a cluture of thugs.

Posted by: AWolf | August 20, 2007 3:42 PM

Vick is Sick. So is OJ and the people who defend them. People see what they want not want they don't.

Posted by: reflection | August 20, 2007 3:43 PM

is vicks crime less of a crime than tim donaghy (ref that fixed games)?? Tim is looking at 25 years for fixing games, kill some dogs get only 12 months....don't make it a race issue Tim is white!!

Posted by: donfelix | August 20, 2007 3:46 PM

It was just a Dog!!

Posted by: DogHater | August 20, 2007 3:50 PM

MATT=DOGHATER IDIOT!

Posted by: doglover | August 20, 2007 3:55 PM

I feel that Michael Vick should explain his actions to his former fans. Getting on his knees might not hurt him either. The first thing he should pray for is a heart because he doesn't have one. Pitbulls are fine dogs if brought up good. I just don't understand how him or any other person could watch such violence and not be bothered. Someone like this has mental problems and need help if possible. Animals feel!

Posted by: Teresa Matthews | August 20, 2007 3:56 PM

you make me laugh!

Posted by: DogHater | August 20, 2007 4:01 PM

I feel sorry for you DOGHATER get a life!!!!

Posted by: doglover | August 20, 2007 4:05 PM

To all of those who say "It was just a dog" really don't get it. If it were ok to fight dogs it wouldn't be illegal! If you value that high paying job then common sence says you don't do illegal stuff with your money! Michael Vick is most certainly a victem in this case.....of his own stupidity.

Posted by: Dave | August 20, 2007 4:09 PM

Its ok "doglover" no need to feel sorry for me...Im perfectly fine and well adjusted to the fact that I do not like dogs. I could care less what happens to them. However, I respect your right to have an opinion, so please respect mine as well. With that said, my opinion is still, "It was just a dog"!

Posted by: DogHater | August 20, 2007 4:15 PM

Matt, I think you already know what people think of you. Yes, you should be caged up and attacked by as many as I could get in the cage. You are inhuman and have no heart. Michael Vick will get what he deserves one way or the other and so will you.

Posted by: Teresa | August 20, 2007 4:16 PM

Dogs have feelings, they are extremely smart and loyal, they are the best companion anyone could ask for. I have a loving family and three dogs that makes our lives happier and more fulfilling each day. So don't you dare say that "It's just a dog".

Posted by: doglover | August 20, 2007 4:25 PM

HEY GUYS NOT RACIAL - PEOPLE WOULD FEEL SAME IF IT WAS WHITE BABYFACE TONY ROMO.
PEOPLE WHO GET OFF (AND OBVIOUSLY HE DID)
ON TORTURING ANIMALS ARE DISTURBED INDIVIDUALS. JUST FOR THE RECORD I HAVE A PIBULL. HE IS NOT VICIOUS AND MEAN BUT A WONDERFUL FRIEND WHOM I TREASURE.

Posted by: jss | August 20, 2007 4:28 PM

Oh i dare say...its JUST A DOG

Posted by: matt | August 20, 2007 4:35 PM

My final comment,Mike Vick shouldnt be tried this hard because things could be alot worse. And to all those Falcons fans out there i hope that this is short and sweet and that we se Mike again in the next year or two. And to all those who think Mike can burn in hell, may you fly off a cliff. I have complete support for vick and the true Falcons fans would to.

Posted by: Young trix | August 20, 2007 5:27 PM

The question about his guilt or innocence has been solved - he copped a plea, so he admits he's guilty of the charges plus lying to his bosses about it. And now all the talk is about how he'll still have a chance in the NFL. LOL Never ceases to amaze me. However, I think he'd fit right in with the Oakland Raiders.

I hope part of his sentence includes banning him from ever owning another animal.

Posted by: Suz | August 20, 2007 5:33 PM

Yeah um.. when you take your dog for a walk, and it sees another dog, IT WANTS TO RIP ITS FU**ING HEAD OFF!!! its the instint of the ANIMAL to fight. get over it. i have a dog which i love but if it messes with me and bites me you can bet im going to hit the dog! its not a human! I bet half the retards out there dont know that in some countries people EAT dogs. think about that.

Posted by: Michael | August 20, 2007 5:35 PM

Teresa and doglover, you both are retarded

Posted by: Micheal | August 20, 2007 5:38 PM

Um, Michael? If you're walking an intact male and he sees another intact male, then yeah, they'll want to get into it. Spay and neuter.

And as for hitting a dog, that's pretty darned dumb. All that teaches the dog is fear or aggression, or both...and makes it more likely that YOU will be the one getting bit.

As for the juvenile insult, yes, I'm sure many of us are aware that other cultures eat dog. I'm also aware that many humane organizations are working to stop that practice. Who'd want to eat a carnivore anyway? Gross.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2007 5:40 PM

Michael...ummm your name says it all: RETARD and SCUMBAG!!!! the lists goes on and on....

Posted by: doglover | August 20, 2007 5:49 PM

Make up your freaking mind (if you have one), what are you? Matt? Doghater? Michael? your are just a lowlife that ought to be shot!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2007 5:54 PM

man yal sum hataz. if u hunt or kill any other animal yal should be in jail if u think vick should be in jail. deers, birds, and dogs are different i kno that but they are all animals. u can kill a deer but not a dog. wtf

Posted by: richard | August 20, 2007 9:34 PM

listen, not to long ago they banned pitt bulls .you can't even get house ins. in a lot of states,now all of a sudden law makers have all this compassion for pitt bulls. if any of the dogs they were fighting had attacked someone, they would be ready to kill it no questions asked. what about the horses that race against their will,what about the grey hound dogs they train to race against their will and when they break a leg or injur them selves they are quickly killed and no one says anything about it.killing an animal intentionally is wrong weather humanly or inhumanly,and should be dealt with accordingly

Posted by: blackrob | August 20, 2007 10:02 PM

Listen my entire point is being missed.....May he that has no sin cast the first stone...I my self am full of sin..I WILL NOT JUDGE MICHAEL VICK ...Nor should anyone...everyone on this post at one time in there life has done something that could have landed them in jail....think about it would you want to be hung like this man is??

Posted by: matt | August 21, 2007 12:08 AM

How many white athletes have been prosecuted for dogfighting? NONE!!!

I am sure that no white players have ever participated. LOL!!!

Where are Sharpton and Jessie?

Posted by: Lefty | August 21, 2007 1:45 AM

I had to come back and clear up some issues. Now, I'm supposed to be some type of low life scumbag because I don't like dogs. How funny........I thought this was America people. Just because I don't share your opinion, you're suggesting that I ought to be shot?!?!? wtf?....You must be a Bush supporter too. I'll bet that you think that if I don't agree with the war, that makes me unpatriotic too. Who's the real sicko?. In your eyes, my opinion has made me less of a human, and apearently less than a dog too since now its Ok for you to suggest that I be shot, simply for not liking your drooling, stinking four legged friend....AMAZING! It's people like you that are ruining our country!

Posted by: DogHater | August 21, 2007 7:29 AM

Why is dog fighting illegal anyway

Posted by: MarcusVick | August 21, 2007 8:03 AM

very funny using marcus vicks name ...its illegal...because the gov. doesnt get its cut

Posted by: matt | August 21, 2007 11:09 AM

1st I would like to say to all who has written comments that make M.V. sound like a monster. Greyhounds that don't run end up dead. Most don't even get buried they find piles of dead greyhound in the AZ dessert all the time. With their ears cut off so no one will know were they came from. (TATTOOS)A RACE HORSE THAT DONT RACE SAME TREATMENT same for hunting dogs sht even the humane society kills dogs that don't make the cut.In the minds of some this is a sport it was once legal to fight dogs in the u.s. President Lincoln owned a pitbull present Roosevelt he too owned pitbulls. The uncle Sam we want you poster before Sam it was a white pitbull with a American flag around his neck I cant remember the exact words but to sum it up it said something like we need fighting men. What I'm trying to say is what VICK did it's not good but it's not all that bad and dogfighting in itself is as American as apple pie. 2nd to all who have made racist remarks about this situation fighting dogs is a white man thing. All the real dog men are white if Vick was having real pitbulls from fighting stock he was getting them from white people. White people started it and are still the major players.3rd to the person who purposely misspelled his words to mock the man/woman who posted before you. Just because you can spell don't make you smart your post let me and everyone else know that indeed you are not smart.

Just to be clear I'm not saying that killing dogs that don't perform isn't cruel what I'm saying is all sports that use animals to entertain humans when the animal doesn't perform it's said duty he/she is culled (killed)so next time you see sea biscuit know that if sea biscuit didn't run he'd be dog food.

P.S
Bulls don't want you on they back stickin'em with your spurs

Posted by: DK | August 27, 2007 7:57 PM

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