Michael Vick was sentenced today to 23 months in prison for financing a dog fighting ring and his involvement in killing dogs that were not aggressive enough.
U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson told Vick, “You need to apologize also to the millions of young people who look up to you.”
Vick stated, “I am willing to deal with the consequences and accept responsibility for my actions.
Hudson then replied, “I’m convinced it was not a momentary lack of judgment on your part. You were a full partner.” He also said that he was uncertain if Vick accepted full responsibility for what he did.
Animal rights activists protested outside the courthouse and carried signs that read “Dogs deserve justice”.
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank released a statement regarding Vick’s sentence, “We sincerely hope that Michael will use this time to continue to focus his efforts on making positive changes in his life, and we wish him well in that regard.”
Vick already started his prison term early when he turned himself in on November 19.