Vick Agrees To Plead Guilty In Dog Fighting Case


Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has accepted a plea deal to avoid additional federal charges related to a professional dog fighting operation, according to one of Vick’s attorneys.

Vick’s D.C.-based attorney, William R. Martin, made the announcement in a written statement released by his office this afternoon. Martin said that Vick accepted full responsibility for his actions and decided over the weekend to accept the plea deal. Martin also added that Vick apologizes to everyone who has been hurt by this matter.

Vick will 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.”

By pleading guilty, Vick will avoid more serious charges related to the dog fighting operation called “Bad Newz Kennels.” His other three co-defendants said Vick almost entirely funded the operation.

The details of the plea deal are not immediately clear. According to two sources, the deal is expected to include a recommendation from prosecutors that Vick serve at least a year in prison.

The federal judge, Henry E. Hudson, has the final decision in sentencing.

Also, it is unclear how the NFL will discipline Vick. The league is still working on its review of Vick’s case.

“We’re going to do what we always said we were going to do, which is rely on the facts,” Goodell [NFL Commissioner] said. “If there is some type of a plea agreement, then we will obviously take the time to understand what that plea is and we’ll see how it fits into our personal conduct (policy).”

Source: Washington Post, The Virginian-Pilot

82 Responses to “Vick Agrees To Plead Guilty In Dog Fighting Case”

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  1. Bridgett says:

    Puh-lease, don’t tell me he is just going to get a slap on the wrist for this? Puh-lease, don’t tell me money is going to get him out of this?

  2. Joe says:

    Very disappointed the FEDs let him off with a plea bargain. He probably won’t see much time. Hopefully NFL commish. will ban him for life because of the gambling.

  3. Bridgett says:

    I doubt it. This guy is getting off.

  4. Jenny Bark says:

    The judge will have the say in the end no matter what the lawyers say. A life time will not be enough but with his money & pull at least all of the poor dogs & bate animals will get something.

  5. menusux says:

    I was hoping for capital punishment in the style of the old Roman Empire–throw him to the lions.

  6. Lynn says:

    Menusux: What? You want to give the poor lions tainted food? Give him to Al Qaeda.

    I’m desperately unhappy that the feds even bothered to dangle a plea deal in front of him. Bad news. The minute they did you knew this wasn’t going to go down the way we had hoped.

    Does anyone know the terms of the deal?

  7. Lynn says:

    NFL better step up to the plate and get rid of him now. Forever.

  8. Jeanie says:

    I was watching some legal experts discuss the Vick case on TV and they said he would have to serve a minimum of one year with all the charges against him, possibly two. The football commentators I was watching said most likely his football career is over. No football practice for 1-2 years means the player is not NFL caliber anymore. I sure hope so.

  9. NH says:


  10. Jenny Bark says:

    I heard the same thing as Jeanie. I don’t think he will ever play again. The Feds said they won’t say anything until it’s over.

  11. Lynn says:

    Wonder what this so-called NFL investigative commission will decide? It’s a no-brainer. [Why they had the commission to start with boggles my mind.]

    But again, I really applaud all the companies that have/had contracts with Vick who suspended or canceled any of his endorsements. That was the right thing to do. Now let’s see if the NFL has the guts to do the same thing - permanently.

  12. Bridgett says:

    One of the articles said that Vick has said he just wants to get to the life he had before all this happened. Supposedly he is accepting full responsibility for what he has done. Doesn’t sound like it to me. Sounds like he wants to pretend like he did nothing wrong and so should we!

  13. Lynn says:

    I was just looking at one of the other blogs. Someone wrote that the Judge does not have to accept the plea deal.

    Who’s the Judge? Anyone know? Background?

  14. Jenny Bark says:

    Lynn I don’t remember his name but they call him the hang man.

  15. menusux says:


    “Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has accepted a plea deal that could send him to prison, ending a federal dogfighting prosecution that jeopardizes his pro football career, his lawyers said.

    “A status conference on the case is set for 3 p.m. in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Virginia.

    “The U.S. Attorney’s office had no comment.

    “Vick’s attorneys have been negotiating with federal prosecutors over terms of the deal, which must be approved by the judge. While prosecutors can recommend a sentence, the decision ultimately rests with the judge.

    “The plea would help Vick avoid additional federal charges.

    “Federal prosecutors had offered a deal recommending an 18- to 36-month prison sentence. Vick’s attorneys were trying to reduce that to less than a year, two sources told CNN earlier on Monday.

    “If Vick backs out of the deal, he could face additional charges in the case when the grand jury convenes in Richmond.

    “The NFL is considering what, if any, sanctions they should impose on the 27-year-old suspended Atlanta Falcons player.”

  16. Debra says:

    This just covers the Feds. The state or county is going after him and he has plead guilty, so what is his defense to the state? He has none. Of course, he could receive concurrent sentences. Arthur Blank is said to be very disgusted with him, so the Falcons are done with him. I must believe that the NFL will not allow him to return based on the gambling. We all need to rev up the mailing machine to the NFL to demand his expulsion. Further the NFL needs to make it very clear that dogfighting is not tolerated. I do hope that he is barred from owning a dog ever. He is not worthy.

    Now we can turn our thoughts to the poor dogs hauled away from the Virginia home. They are not long for this world I would guess. Poor things, they never had a chance at life.

  17. Claudia says:

    Just listening to a national Canadian radio show right now. Most of the ‘experts’ and callers believe his career is over. Lifetime ban. I hope so. And I hope that he’s ordered to give all of his earnings for those years to animal charities. That’s the least he can do.

  18. Bridgett says:

    Here is an article I found about the judge.;ran=33340

  19. straybaby says:

    Lynn, couple reasons the NFL investigated this. one, if it drug out until a trial, they could take action ahead of that since he would have been claiming innocence. 2, the gambling issue and the possibility of a ban vs suspension. 3, cover their butts on any action they do take. they would not speak with his attorneys about what they were planning as far as his future and also said they wanted to see what happened in court, so it sounds like they are not sitting back waiting to welcome him with open arms. they have also kept him off the field. i have a feeling, he won’t be putting on an NFL jersey again. any action they take can be harsher than what the team can do. just need to make sure it’s done right with all the i’s dotted and t’ crossed ;)

  20. straybaby says:

    Debra, i read earlier that they were trying to get a deal that would make it so the state couldn’t press charges. he could face up to 40 yrs max on state charges an article said this AM. hope like heck he didn’t get that. and hope like heck the judge sticks to his ways and doesn’t go soft.

  21. Lynn says:

    This is an old article. Worth reading.


    Scary, huh?

  22. danielle says:

    I don’t see how any plea deal with the feds has any connection to possible state charges. What I think happened was he carefully worded the plea so that VA wouldn’t have any admission on the record related to any possible charges the state would bring. The feds were charging him with conspiracy, which was a weak charge to begin with. It was only about interstate commerce. The only reason he copped a plea was because his co-defendants turned on him and it was already a PR nightmare with what little details came out. From what I understand VA has very tough dogfighting laws and they could charge him with a laundry list of crimes. So let’s hope for a few more years tacked on to the federal time, for the 6 or 8 dogs he executed at least.

  23. Lynn says:

    Thanks for the info on the Judge. Looks like he’s the right man for this job. Doesn’t have a high rate of appeals, either.

    Yep - sounds like the NFL commission tasked with reviewing the Vick situation was just doing it for CYA purposes. I can understand that. I wonder if they’re just waiting now to see if the Judge approves the plea deal, and if so, announce the commission’s “outcome” [which hopefully would translate to terminating the SOB for life].

  24. Barb says:

    This article lists the Judges (scroll down):

    Write letters to:

    United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia
    ATN: Assistant U.S. attorneys Michael R. Gill and Brian L. Whisler
    600 East Main Street, Suite 1800
    Richmond, VA 23219-2447
    ph: 804-819-5400; fax: 804-771-2316
    Questions/information requests:

    Virginia Commonwealth Attorney Gerald Poindexter
    Post Office Box 358 * Surry, Virginia 23883
    ph: 804-294-3118; fax: 804-294-3560

    This article lists the Judges (scroll down):

  25. Lynn says:

    The following is from


    Atlanta lawyer Dan Meachum, a member of Vick’s defense team, declined to comment yesterday on any possible negotiations.

    “I stand by Michael Vick,” Meachum said. “He’s a good kid in a bad situation. I’m a dog owner, a dog lover. I would not be involved in this case if I didn’t believe in him.”

  26. Lynn says:

    In some background info on Vick I read that he was diverting his winnings to the old neighborhood……if so, he sure did……by getting them involved in this heinous crime.

  27. Debra says:

    I am not inclined to believe what a defense attorney says about his client.

  28. Kiki says:

    “I’m appalled at the number of people on other websites pulling the race card on this one.”

    What’s new?….same ol’ same ol’…

  29. Lynn says:


    Believe me - never for a moment did I give Vick’s attorney any credence.

    His statement is just another example of how people love the almighty buck and will compromise their personal values in order to get it.

  30. Moonbeam says:

    I don’t believe he is a good kid gone wrong - (kid sounds so immature and not responsible for bad decisions) - he is an adult that thrives on the “rush” from seeing his dogs fight. He is cutting his losses hoping to stave off the worst case scenerio - He needs to do hard core “joint” time and never be allowed to play football again. The man is a criminal and dog abuser of the worst kind. He did it for fun! Shame on him.

  31. Lynn says:

    Think I saw a reference about this somewhere….perhaps not.


  32. Stefani says:

    Lying jerk. Now how foolish do all those people feel who rushed in to defend his honor? What honor? No honor! He’s only doing this because he knew it would be a lot worse if he kept lying, the truth was going to come out and there will be a money trail pointing right at him.

    This man should NEVER EVER EVER be allowed to play football again.

    And think of the last month he spent lying and saying he knew nothing about it. Blaming his FAMILY, his OWN FAMILY, saying that they were doing this without his knowledge, behind his back.

    Absolutely repugnant behavior, which continues.

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  33. CGP says:

    He is not only one of the most vicious people around, he’s also one of the most criminally stupid. Have always believed he did what he wanted because he thought he could buy his way out of anything. I have read that the state of Virginia is interested in pursuing him but was waiting to see about the outcome of the federal case. Tough penalties in VA. Let’s hope the Falcons/NFL are equally as tough. This fool doesn’t deserve to see the light of day.

  34. Lynn says:

    He was blaming his family? I didn’t know that one.

    Here’s the thing we really have to remember: this guy is hard-wired to be uncompassionate and unremorseful. Ain’t in him. What’s in him is revenge and brutality. Sometimes there’s just no rehabbing someone.

    Assuming his football days are toast, one wonders what he’s going to do to earn a living when he gets out of the slammer. [Shudder.]

  35. Barb says:

    Jack Cafferty is asking for your emails! Question: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick plans to plead guilty in a dog fighting case. What’s the appropriate punishment?

    Email NOW: Jack will be reading a chosen few about 2:55 (PT)

  36. Jenny Bark says:

    On Cnn Cafferty just put Vic down real bad. He said they couldn’t give him enough jail time & should never play again. Wants your imput & to vote. You might get read on tv. Cafferty file@cnn. Most of you write better than me, get him.
    If you can read what Cafferty said, you all will like it.

  37. raymond says:

    They should strip him down, pour hot bacon greese over him, tie him up in a room and let 20 pissed off, hungry pit-bulls have their way with him one at a time. I only hope the first 10 dont finish him off before the next 10 are allowed in. He deserves to suffer just like he made all those pups suffer.

  38. Kiki says:

    Purposely hurting kids and animals - people like that don’t deserve mercy from society and there is no amount of “punishment” that would suffice. These people need to be shunned to the end of their days.

  39. Jenny Bark says:

    You can also get to Cafferty by going to cnn then situation room then Cafferty room. I’ve been there vote going good & a lot of people writing in.

  40. Roberto P. says:

    Yes, Jenny Bark. I just watched Jack Cafferty. He was so upset he was almost in tears. He said 18 months isn’t enough, 5 years isn’t enough. It’s disgusting, appalling. He said he loves animals; all dogs want is to be your friend. He wants your thoughts on Vick at Go, Jack Cafferty!! I’ve never seen him that upset and he wasn’t afraidd to show it.

  41. chris says:

    If by chance he goes to prison??? (fingers crossed he will)

    I hope the boys in the prison show Vick what the true meaning of being sacked from behind is.

  42. straybaby says:

    danielle says:
    August 20th, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    this is where is saw the info on the plea regarding state charges:

    “Sources said that, in any plea, Vick would seek to avoid additional charges in Virginia, where Gerald Poindexter, the Commonwealth’s attorney for Surry County, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday that he intends to pursue charges and to present evidence to the local grand jury when it convenes Sept. 25.

    The state charges could add a maximum 40 years in potential jail time, if Vick were convicted.
    “Not having to deal [with charges in Virginia] is a key,” said a source. “It’s a big part of [the negotiations].”

    what i’m getting is Vick was really trying to get it all. less than a year, an NFL career and little to no state charges. sounds about right for his character, imo. dude needs to get a clue! very happy to hear VA is tough on dog fighting! and they can also slap him with animal cruelty, which i would like to see in at least one of these cases. the dogs deserve it.

  43. chris says:

    Email the Falcons to GET RID OF VICK!!!!!!!

  44. 2CatMom says:

    Hear that sucking sound, Vick? That’s your career going down the drain. You’re done Mister. Between the jail time and a hopefully life time ban from the NFL, plus fines and attorney fees - your next stop after jail at best is on the wrestling circuit! Maybe you could hook up with Tonya Harding and you could do a duet!


  45. Moonbeam says:

    How about charging him with animal torture and put him in prison with cell makes that love dogs and are bigger and badder than Vick every thought of being - and when he gets out label him a danger to society, children, and animals and make him register where he lives and wear an ankle bracelt and oh yeah, let’s not forget the forehead tatoo - where he will be forever known as the creep he is - the slimball dirtbag.

  46. Barb says:

    From HSUS - Thank the U.S. Attorney’s in the Vick case here:

  47. Sky Eyes Woman says:

    raymond says:
    August 20th, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    They should strip him down, pour hot bacon greese over him, tie him up in a room and let 20 pissed off, hungry pit-bulls have their way with him one at a time. I only hope the first 10 dont finish him off before the next 10 are allowed in. He deserves to suffer just like he made all those pups suffer.

    No NO NOOOO!!!
    People that say stuff like that don’t really know what Pit Bulls are like! What’d you’d wind up having is Vick getting a tongue bath from drooling wiggly-butt dogs that just want to be petted! I dunno about you, but I DON’T want to see that!

    What would be a better punishment is to keep him tied to a tree with a heavy chain around his neck, then starve him and beat him every day for a week. Then make him fight 10 geeked-up crackheads one after the other. If he wins EVERY fight, he can have a cheeseburger then it’s back on the chain for another week of starvation and beatings, then another round of 10 fights.

    But if he loses only one fight, he gets the Chinese death of a thousand cuts. With a few rubbing alcohol baths thrown in just for laughs.

    Sound good?

  48. keciacat says:

    In Vick’s MIND all he has to do is say he is sorry and it will all just go away!

  49. Barb says:

    Nell Knapp, a volunteer rescuer who helped out in New Orleans after Katrina, has a great anti-dogfighting t-shirt for sale up on his website here, for anyone interested:

    Shirts are at -

  50. Bridgett says:

    The worst punishment Vick can receive in his mind, is never playing the game again. That is what needs to happen. He needs to be fired. Suspended for life. If anyother decision is made, the NFL and the Atlanta Falcons are condoning dog fighting.

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