James Studdard, an attorney, wrote a piece on what Vick really meant when he addressed the press and the public after he pleaded guilty to a dog fighting conspiracy charge. He was able to decipher Vick’s statements because Studdard has 35 years of experience listening to statements from self-serving defendants that are facing prison time.
Vick said: â€œSo I take this opportunity to speak from the heart. First I want to apologize for all the things that Iâ€™ve done and that Iâ€™ve allowed to happen. I want to personally apologize to Commissioner Goodell, Arthur Blank, Coach Bobby Petrino, my Atlanta Falcon teammates for our previous discussions we had, and I was not honest and forthright in our discussions.â€
Studdard said this is what Vick meant: â€œI got a $130 million contract, and if this gambling thing sticks, Iâ€™m cooked, so you know, I got to act real sad and stuff.â€
Vick said: â€œAnd I want to apologize to all the young kids out there for my immature acts. What I did was very immature, so that means I need to grow up.â€
Studdard’s take on Vick’s statement: â€œLook that shootinâ€™ the bird at the fans thing, sorry, but dude, I am a SUPER star and I ainâ€™t gonâ€™ be dissed in my house. Yaâ€™ll got to get over it.â€
Vick said: â€œI feel like we all make mistakes. I made a mistake in using bad judgment and making bad decisions. And those things just canâ€™t happen. Dogfighting is a terrible thing and I did reject it.â€
This is what Studdard really thinks he meant: â€œLook, yaâ€™ll, Bonds, man, the steroids, and that referee dude that was fixinâ€™ the NBA games, so how come Iâ€™m different? Huh? I mean, like, killing dogs ainâ€™t nothing compared to dissinâ€™ Hank Aaron with some chemical pump up. Gimme my props.â€
Studdard added that Vick’s charge in legal terms is: one count of conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture. He explained that this really means that Vick bought an expensive property in Virginia, got some of his friends together, started a dog fighting operation and gambled on the fights.
At the end of his op-ed piece, he asked: “Who are the real animals?”
Source: Henry Daily Herald