Vick Chooses to Begin Prison Term Early

Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has decided to surrender and begin serving his prison sentence immediately, according to court documents.

Vick is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 10 by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson after pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge related to his participation in a dogfighting operation based at a property that he owned in southeastern Virginia.

But, according to an order signed today by Hudson, Vick "has indicated his desire to voluntarily enter custody prior to his sentencing hearing."

The order says it appears "appropriate to do so" and Vick "is remanded to custody based solely on his desire to begin his period of incarceration prior to his sentencing hearing and not because of a violation of any condition of his bond."

Vick is facing a recommended jail sentence of 12 to 18 months, although Hudson can sentence Vick to up to five years in prison if he chooses.

Vick also is facing state dogfighting charges and was suspended indefinitely by the NFL after entering his guilty plea in his federal case.

His Washington-based attorney, William R. (Billy) Martin, was not immediately available to comment.

By Mark Maske |  November 19, 2007; 2:49 PM ET  | Category:  Falcons , League
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I hate what he did, and hate him for it. However, I think this shows a lot of character.

If only Bush/Cheney/Rove had the balls to walk into prison for their crimes

Posted by: Steve | November 19, 2007 3:24 PM

I'm certain that, if they could, dogs will be celebrating Vick's incarceration for 50 or 60 dog years. BUT REALLY, I DON'T GET IT.


We torture and kill millions of lab rats and monkeys ----- all in the name of science.

We kill thousands of human beings over oil.

We beat our own children and call it spanking ------ when, in fact, the AKC no longer sanctions corporal punishment.

Is Vick the sacrificial lamb for our collective guilty psyches?

I feel badly for the dogs, yes. But, I feel much, much worse for Vick.
We have true war criminals to bring to justice ----- and the animal rights' activists are salivating, Pavlovian-style, over this ridiculous waste of time and money.

Give Vick a fine, put him to work as a volunteer in a dog pound (where, by the way, they also euthanize dogs) and give him back his career.

I will now prepare myself for the onslaught of vicious, ad hominem attacks which my post will doubtless provoke from animal-lovers. Please be kind, I, too, am a animal.

And, being human ----- a pretty dumb one, too.

Posted by: Raul Walters | November 19, 2007 3:24 PM

This slimebag should get the max 5 years plus whatever the state charges and hopefully conviction will bring. Better yet, electrocute or drown him like he did he already-abused dogs.

Posted by: capone1 | November 19, 2007 3:24 PM

The Bush Derangement Syndrome extends all the way to the sports pages...sheesh.

Vick's career is over. There are plenty of more worthy people to take his spot.

Posted by: Andrew | November 19, 2007 3:28 PM

It is sad when there is more rage directed toward a person engaged in dog fighting than there is toward an administration that sanctions torture (and make no mistake - waterboarding is torture).

Posted by: DNB | November 19, 2007 3:29 PM

They were dogs. Not little kids.

It's really not that serious.

Posted by: NotYourAverageSinner | November 19, 2007 3:35 PM

I'd give him 6 months max. It's not like he shot somebody.

Posted by: Fred | November 19, 2007 3:36 PM

Vick finally goes to the kennel, where he belongs.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | November 19, 2007 3:38 PM

No "it's not like he shot somebody" he just electrocuted, hung, and beat to death a host of animals he used for sport.

Posted by: A. Lincoln | November 19, 2007 3:40 PM

I agree with Raul,everything he said was true except for one thing. Vick wasn't just stupid he took stupidity to a level never before seen.
Throwing away a career and all that he did to help the community,for $20,000 dogfights.
All I can do Is shake my head in disbelief.

Posted by: ease99 | November 19, 2007 3:41 PM

The whole "dog" think was a way for the media to create interest and emotion in the story. Vick was running a huge gambling ring and committing tax evasion, and that is what he should be sentenced for.

Posted by: Realist | November 19, 2007 3:41 PM

Vicks spending even a single day in jail for his actions is ridiculous. When dog fighting becomes a priority for our judicial system, we've really lost sight of what is important and are morally adrift.

I thoroughly agree with the prior posting urging a fine and community service for Vicks. Jail time for animal abuse is just plain wrong and those who support are seriously messed up.

Posted by: Arthur | November 19, 2007 3:42 PM

who are we to judge, dont the bible say he who is without sin cast the first stone. mike vick, keep your head up, there are still people out here who want to see you succeed.

Posted by: r | November 19, 2007 3:42 PM

Comparing lab rats to innocent dogs? And killing dogs vs terrorists? Hardly. At least laboratory animals have scientific value. And as for "killing people over oil," take off the tinfoil hat, Mr. Conspiracy Theorist. We have to protect Americans from foreign terrorists, and if that means killing them, so be it. Vick is nothing but a typical sleazebag sports icon who's getting exactly what he deserves.

Posted by: SW | November 19, 2007 3:42 PM

Please note, Vick is doing this so he can be ready for the 2010 season. He is not showing character in any way. He is trying to help himself stay rich.

Going to jail 3 weeks early means nothing except he gets out 3 weeks early.

I sincerely hope he gets more than 18 months.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 19, 2007 3:42 PM

How can people hate this man so much?? Animal lovers all over have to know the millions of animal killed for research, yet they are ready to castrate a man who happens to be one of the most beloved athletes in the last decade. Animal officials euthanized all the animals that were involved with Vick because they deemed them a ''danger to society''. How can we ruin a mans career and world-wide reputation over animal-principles? People who believe we need to make an example out of this man should be living in Iran.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 19, 2007 3:43 PM

Vick committed a heinous crime and deserves to be punished for it. This has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with the war in Iraq, and those wo compare it should shut up and thank the soldiers who give them the right to spew their nonsense.

Posted by: Dave | November 19, 2007 3:45 PM

Amen, Raul, Amen.

Posted by: pete | November 19, 2007 3:46 PM

Anyone who electrocutes, lynches, and beats dogs to death with his bare hands deserves jail time. To risk millions of dollars, his career, his "good" name over this brutal sport is the height of stupidity. His supporters are juse as dense. Have someone beat your pet to death and see how you would feel.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | November 19, 2007 3:46 PM

Raul, I'm with you 100%. Vick is being made a scapegoat for all these ridiculous animal rights extremist. Animals rights, are animals protected under the constitution of the United States? No they are not. This whole epsiode has been a waste of time, effort and money. And at the same time, dogs are being euthanized all over the country. So, where are the activist? This has as much relevance as the Britney Spears story. Bring on the real issues!!

Posted by: Common2 | November 19, 2007 3:50 PM

To all the Vick supporters out there in NFL Land. Vick is your typical spoiled, arrogant jock who was used to getting his way. His own teammates resented this arrogant attitude. Having this wonderful athletic gift and being paid millions for using it on the field is no excuse for electrocuting, lynching, and beating innocent creatures to death..and all over losing a bet on them.
There is no excuse guys, no excuse!!!

Posted by: A.Lincoln | November 19, 2007 3:52 PM

God created all living things, even the tiniest of creatures is loved in the eyes of God. To kill lab rats for science is still murder. Killing an animal and eating it is just that, part of the food chain, but to kill for any other reason is murder. The bible saying god created man in his own image is crap, that is mans ego at work. God loves dogs too and if heaven does exist, it is a place for all the creatures of the earth. FREE VICK

Posted by: Jeff | November 19, 2007 3:53 PM

They have lives for sale on Amazon, I think some of of the Vick haters in here should run over and get one before they sell out....

its not that deep

Posted by: ForSerious | November 19, 2007 3:53 PM

He should do the 5 years and in a hard time federal pen. The lousy stinking low life pig should rot in prison and never play pro ball again.

Posted by: Sofie McGlumphy | November 19, 2007 3:54 PM

You don't have to be an "animal rights activist" to be apalled at the needless killing of innocent creatures. I'm a hunter and killing a deer for food for my family is one thing, but torturing animals for sport is another. This is obscene and no matter what label you choose to place on me, it does not change the fact that what Vick did was obscene.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | November 19, 2007 3:55 PM

Vick is trash, always has been and it is finally seen by all.

He will never change, I hope the NFL never reinstates him

Posted by: Joe | November 19, 2007 3:58 PM

Let me tell you a story: During the Battle of the Wilderness in May of 1864 in the middle of the slaugher of many thousands of brave soldiers a little known incident occured. A mule driver who was having trouble getting his mule to move got off his wagon and beat the mule about the head.
Not far away a Union officer raced over to the mule driver and began to beat him with his service revolver. Beating an innocent creature would not be tolerated this officer yelled out....the officer was Ulysses S. Grant.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | November 19, 2007 4:00 PM

Animals being euthanized is a lot different than torturing them. Lots of people are sad to have their pets put to sleep but do it for the animal's good. They'd never let those same animals be treated like Vick treated those dogs. And he did it all for profit through an illegal gambling ring.

Posted by: TDC | November 19, 2007 4:01 PM


Vicks is a cough medicine. Vick is a dog killer/football player.


Posted by: fido | November 19, 2007 4:02 PM

I think it is deplorable that we as a society can go up in arms, ready to slowly cook Vick to death for killing dogs. What the man did was horrible, very true, but it WAS A MISTAKE. No person alive can say they have never made a mistake, of any degree. What makes me realize this country's sorry state of responsibility is that while we sit here and vilify Vick, wishing death and mutilation upon him, there are thousands of starving KIDS, human beings, all across our country and no is half as willing to stand up in arms for them.

Posted by: Nicholas Markel | November 19, 2007 4:06 PM

Dogs are laying on streets, highways every day struck by auto's etc., no one hunts the drivers down, leave long, harsh jail times to murders of people, let Vick serve his months or years as the judge says not by people who hates him, or dogs lovers says .

Posted by: larry | November 19, 2007 4:08 PM

Michael Vick is a LOSER, a FELON and a GANGSTA. Just like his little brother. He DESERVES to be in prison. He is cruel and sick.

And I don't see what this has to do with the liberal agenda against Bush. These are the sports pages you nuts - BTW - Liberals are supposed to be for animal rights - maybe you need to brush up on your playbook.

Posted by: VAGOP | November 19, 2007 4:08 PM

People, stop mixing things up. It is what it is. Vick was breaking the law in 3 ways
gambling; tax evasion; animal cruelty. He deserves to be punished on all 3 counts, just like anyone else. He is not special. As far as his job is concerned, his employer has the right to fire him if a criminal conviction is part of his contract. For Vick fans who are angry about what has happened to him then direct your anger to the right place - him. He is the only one to blame.

Posted by: Roxy | November 19, 2007 4:10 PM

Are we really serious here? There are much bigger and important things to be worried about rather than spend time debating whether or not Vick should got to jail, for how long and whatever other sticks and stones we can throw at him in the process.

Look at the principal behind all of this - gambling and tax evasion. That should be the root of the discussion. However vile you think Vick is there are plenty of other people, living in the DC Metro area who do what he does every day. He got caught. It's not that serious people.

Posted by: DCHoney | November 19, 2007 4:11 PM

You people are so dense. Why doesn't anyone ever mention the fact that a person who would do the things he has admitted to doing to animals is not a stable person? Killing, torturing and abusing those dogs is sick and twisted and shows mental and emotional problems if you ask me. Do you think for a second that this violence doesn't spill over into other areas of his life? Wife beaters, child molesters and murderers often have one thing in common: history of committing animal abuse. Lock him up and throw away the key before he hurts someone.

Posted by: jagger | November 19, 2007 4:11 PM

"The hand is always quicker that the eye." and " Never underestimate the gullability of the American people." are tow sayings that really, really come to mind in eading some of these posts. Don't get me wrong. Crime in crime and if one is not prepared to do the crime, then don't do the crime. But, please! I am continually amazed at all of the vitrol that is directed at one individual with absolutely no power whatsoever, as opposed to any serious level of concern being directed by those same individuals toward the cabal of self-enriching neocons who are currently orchestrating (big word) the single most egregious (another big word) theft of the US treausury since the founding of the Republic. I say prison for them as well, and by all means, RICO them all!!

Posted by: Bob Blackwolf | November 19, 2007 4:13 PM

michael vick will never get the penalty he deserves, unless the NFL permantly forbids his return.he was a roll model and should be held to the highest standerds.

Posted by: phantom | November 19, 2007 4:16 PM

I thenk you are being to mean he need a 1 moth jail time and go back to the falcons.

Posted by: JALEN 11 YEARS OLD | November 19, 2007 4:16 PM

Free Michael Vick now.....

Posted by: Me | November 19, 2007 4:18 PM

It doesn't make any sense that Michael Vick has to do any jail time at all. There are drug dealers and conspirators that are out here receiving less sentences. Understand that the media coverage is the main reason why he's doing any time.

Posted by: Rick | November 19, 2007 4:18 PM

It isn't the dogfighting itself that's gonna get Vick jailed. The dogfighting is a front for the fact that Vick financed the operation, conducted illegal gambling on these matches, had these matches across state lines which is a federal offense subject to racketeering laws. If Vick had been doing this just for sport and for fun without any real $$$ exchanging hands, or just soley in VA, this would probably be a misdemeanor. Anytime the FEDS get involved, that means it involved some sort of crime involving lots of $$$ that Aunt Samantha didn't get her cut of.

Posted by: 2pacolypse Now | November 19, 2007 4:20 PM

I'm amazed that the Bush haters will even come on a sports story to vent their spleen. The libdems are really a sick lot. Vick broke the law... Vick goes to jail... What else is their to discuss?

Posted by: algibbs | November 19, 2007 4:21 PM

Why do you WHITES make everything a race issue. You crooks have been stealing and doing wrong things in this country for years. Should I start with Bush and work my way back. Stupid. . You hate Vick because he is BLACK, RICH, and every white women's dream. Get a life CRACKERS and keep your white trash in check.

Posted by: Stop Hating | November 19, 2007 4:30 PM

Vick is doing this with the hopes that the judge may lesson his sentence. So really three weeks early may translate into a couple of years knocked off his sentence. It's a smart move on his part as I'm sure he just wants to do his time and get it over with. It seems time to turn the spotlight elsewhere. As it is this story has worn out its welcome.

Posted by: kenonly3 | November 19, 2007 4:32 PM


Posted by: MICHAEL1945 | November 19, 2007 4:35 PM

A fine and community service for a millionaire? That doesn't sound like much of a punishment to me. That sentence might be sufficient for someone who commits perjury or fraud, but not for running a gambling ring and participating in tax evasion and animal cruelty.

Posted by: Va | November 19, 2007 4:36 PM

Stop Hating has some anger issues.

Posted by: Where Were You in 1968? | November 19, 2007 4:39 PM

Second try. My original comments may or may not have successfully been posted; but all I was trying to say was that I find it truely amazing that so much vitrol and righteous indigination can be directed towards Vick's (a truely powerless individual in the 'macro' sense) crimes, heinous though they may be; while none of those same "God-fearing, Law and Order abiding" individuals can see fit to direct any of that righteous indignation towards those powerful neocons who have successfully orchestrated the single-most eggregious instance of looting the US Treasury for private gain in the history of the Republic. Yes, let's save the Whales, dogs, kittens and Rain Forests; but let's also save what's left of Democracy!

Posted by: Bob Blackwolf | November 19, 2007 4:40 PM

Stop Hating,

Did you really have to go and pull the race card? This has nothing to do with race. The man committed a crime (yes, animal cruelty and gambling are crimes-at least in this country). It was blown out of proportion by the media because he is a sports figure, not because of his skin color. The bottom line is if you are going to put yourself in a less than honorable position, then you must be willing to deal with the consequences if you get caught. So far Vick has done a pretty good job accepting responsibility.

Posted by: kenonly3 | November 19, 2007 4:40 PM

The real funny part of this story is that they found no one (strange that none of the animal lovers in this forum) to take the dogs (which are, I'm sure, quite vicious) and the dogs had to be killed any way.

What exactly is Mike Vick guilty for again? Oh yeah, illegal gambling across state lines....that makes him a sick person? I guess all hunters are sick people too, right? And just cause hunting is legal, does it make those people who hunt any less sick?? Or is it viewed that giving a vicious dog the chance to fight for it's life is less humane than, oh say, exploding a deer's heart at 200 yds with a 30.06 round? Who cares....who's playing on Monday Night Football tonight?

Posted by: IRONIC Isn't It? | November 19, 2007 4:41 PM

vick chooses to display character NOW instead of when he was instructing others or participating in the killing of Mans Best Friend.
Is this a "true" display of character or a CYA ploy after being caught? Just curious?

Posted by: lindafranke1952 | November 19, 2007 4:45 PM

Since when are dogs on the same level as people? We kill thousands of cows a DAY in this country, so you can have a whopper. We fatten them up and them shoot a retractable bolt through their brains. Is that animal cruelty? We slit the throats of MILLIONS of chickens a year. Is that animal cruelty? We cut the legs off of baby cows so the veal will be moist and tender. I would vote that all you hypocrites wake up and take a big whiff of what you are shoveling.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 19, 2007 4:46 PM

It is pretty sad that we have given this story so much focus when there are far worse crimes being committed. This is another great example of our tax dollars at work.

Posted by: kenonly3 | November 19, 2007 4:47 PM

Well damn! Our government has to do something, right? Thank goodness they're protecting us from such dangerous and menacing criminals as Michael Vick and Barry Bonds.

I don't know about you, but I can't sleep at night knowing that such people are allowed to walk free.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 19, 2007 4:48 PM

Vick's attorney made a statement earlier... "From the beginning, Mr. Vick has accepted responsibility for his actions"

LOL Just who does he think he's fooling? Vick LIED at the beginning and said he had nothing to do with it.

Posted by: Vale | November 19, 2007 4:49 PM

Yes what Vick did was dumb..but he got caught and snitched on out of jealousy. What about all those "back-in-the woods" dog fights that still happen (in the Carolinas and Viginia Hills) and they even had nerve to laugh about it on 60 mins. Nothing absolutly nothing has been seen/done about those that continue. Our society is so hypocritical.

Posted by: moonman | November 19, 2007 4:52 PM

lock those damn sick priest up that's doing more damage to those inocent little boy's. what about those kid's mental state after being abused for so many years. they just get a slap on the wrist orjust sweep it all under the rug. what a country that put more stock in a animal then a human being.

Posted by: ask | November 19, 2007 4:54 PM

You know when I first heard about the case I was disgusted and thought he should be punished. I still feel that way but I can't believe the amount of punishment people want to heap on this man, did he do something wrong? Yes. Should he be punished? Yes. Is a year acceptable? Yes. But do I think that state charges should also be brought against him? No. Do I think he should get a chance to redeem himself? Yes. If he can still physically compete should he get a chance to play football again in a year and a half? Yes.

As someone said it's not like he killed kids. Was it bad yes, but not murder. Animals are not people.

Posted by: Haymarket | November 19, 2007 4:56 PM

Vick do not worry about all the negative comments that people are posting about you and your family. Just remember God has the last say and no weapons formed against you shall prosper. You are only human and you made a mistake, but remember God do not make any mistakes and everything that he allows to happen in our lives happens for a reason. God is a just and a forgiving God and he is also a God of a second chance. Right now you are in timeout, because God felt like you needed to regroup. You have played the first half of the game and your opponent (media/satin) have outscored you and think you do not stand a chance. WEll,now it's half time and you're in your locker room you are very focused and you have regrouped. The second half of the game begins and you come out a new man and old things are passed away. The crowd is stunned as they watch in disbelief how you have taken full control in the second half of the game. But what they do not understand is that you have humbled yourself and submitted to the will of God and for this you have been rewarded with greater talent and you are blessed, abundantly. Mr. Vick what God has for you is for you. This battle is not yours it's the Lord. What man meant for bad God turned it into good. When God is for you the devil can't do you any harm. JUST LET GO AND LET GOD AND YOU WILL SEE JUST HOW MIRACULOUS HE IS.

I will continue to pray for you and your family. Good Luck #7 and God Bless You.

Posted by: MS. BATES, A.K.A. 1ST LADY | November 19, 2007 4:57 PM

We as a people have really loss our way when we can't come to agreement on something like this. It is no wonder we are losing ground to just about every other developing government on the plant. We don't really have a clue on the right or wrong of this because we have for so long justified making modifications to moral laws in order to satisfy our own selfish interest.

Posted by: Jim | November 19, 2007 4:59 PM

What took him so long to decide this? He could have done this when he knew his was going to jail and almost be done with his sentence already. Would not have anything to do with him failing a drug test would it?

Posted by: Anonymous | November 19, 2007 5:05 PM

My guess is that this is a three-part attempt:
1) Win some sympathy from the public and the sentencing judge
2) Get him out of temptation's way
3) Get the sentence over with
Now all we need is a prison conversion to Jesus, and they'll be clamoring to let him back on the football field. This is an important thing for Vick, and also for the agents, lawyers, and handlers who stand to make money if he's allowed to play again.

Posted by: seo | November 19, 2007 5:39 PM


Posted by: BOBSTER | November 19, 2007 7:30 PM

Michael Vick is just being made an example of. Dog fight is a sport in many rual and urban areas and giving him jail time will not stop this sick so call sport. He is just like every other Black man in this countty, single out and made into this evil monster by the media darlings. Shame on our justice system for using precious court time for this ridiculous charge. A fine and community service would have been punishment enough.

Posted by: Deondra | November 19, 2007 8:18 PM

I am not an animal lover, and am definately not an activist. However, the very baseness of character shown by this man in what he did speaks volumes to me. He killed living beings with his bare hands. The very fact that there are more humane and even easy ways to kill these dogs, and yet he chose to do it with his bare hands, speaks of the type of man you are defending. It isn't about the animals. It is about the type of human being that gets his thrills through the pain, brutality, and eventual death of some other sentient being. This is a man who shows a danger to anyone who would anger him. He has violent tendencies that go WAY beyond the norm. Let us also remember that even in FBI profiling for serial killers, that one of the first things that they look for is a history of violence and killing of animals. Again, it is not about the animals. It is about the character, tendencies, and potential danger that is showed in this type of behavior. Stop defending him. Stop asking for his release. Maybe he will learn something about accountability in this. Maybe he will learn that he is not above the law. After all, we all have laws we dont agree with. It does not give us free and clear leeway to break whatever laws we choose. As my mother used to say, "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime."

Posted by: Chris Perry | November 20, 2007 12:02 AM

Woof Woof

Posted by: Tom Schultz | November 20, 2007 10:56 AM

For those that say that the dogs had to be euthanized anyway, because they were too vicious or nobody wanted them, you're wrong. Only one of the pit bulls had to be euthanized so far because of intense aggression. The other 48 are still undergoing temperment tests, while a court-appointed custodian reviews the applications of rescue groups who would like to adopt them. Twelve dogs of other breeds are in the care of the Virginia Beach SPCA, have already passed all of the tests, and are awaiting adoption.

In any case, any of the dogs that are found to be too aggressive for adoption are only that way because of the way they were treated. Domesticated dogs are not born aggressive.

Posted by: Anne | November 20, 2007 11:22 AM

Raul........quit wasting your time and ours with your petty must stink for you to be online making statments that Im sure you dont believe yourself...

Posted by: barky | November 21, 2007 7:35 AM

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