CBS News: Vick Accepts Plea Deal

(CBS) WVLT - Football superstar Michael Vick has copped a plea in a federal dog fighting case, according to his lawyer.

It's a deal that could put Vick's career in jeopardy.

He is the king of the quick offense, and now quarterback Michael Vick has
made a last minute play, that could land him in jail, but would avoid a trial.

The suspended atlanta falcon has decided to cut a deal with federal prosecutors in his dog fighting conspiracy case after at least one of his co-defendants alleged Vick participated in the brutal execution of underperforming dogs.

A statement from Vick's attorney says the NFL star accepts "...Full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made. Michael wishes to apologize again to everyone who has been hurt by this matter."

The pressure was on after two more of Vick's cohorts, Quanis Phillips and
Purnell Peace accepted plea agreements early Friday.

The third co-defendant, Tony Taylor, pleaded guilty last month.

All three men agreed to cooperate with the government against Vick.

And in documents filed with the federal justice department, at least one co-defendant has linked Vick to betting on dog fights.

Under the NFL'S personal conduct policy, that could result in a lifetime ban.

NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell says, "We're completing our review and if, at some point, it's appropriate for me to take action, I will."

The NFL banned Vick from the Falcon's training camp after prosecutors said a search of Vick's rural Virginia property, found dozens of pit-bulls, dog fighting equipment, and evidence of animal cruelty.

Protester Amy Bender says, "It is a blood sport. It's barbaric. It's cruel and it's criminal, unfortunately it takes a celebrity to bring light to it."

Animal rights activists have been following the case closely the man known for his running game ran out of legal room to maneuver.

Besides possible jail time, Vick also faces a $250,000 fine.

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  • by Lyn Location: Knoxville on Aug 22, 2007 at 09:22 PM
    It's about time celebs are held accountable for their actions, no pity here for him. Obviously, none of them had pity for the animals, they had feeling too! What's the old saying, I'm not going down alone...I would say the only thing they all are sorry for is getting caught. Mike thinks he's it - lets see how it does behind bars. The Falcons will prevail they will win some and lose some but time will go on and we will gravitate to a new QB. The only true statement I believe he's sorry for is the shame it has brought upon his family, he believes the world loves him and will be forgiven. Hopefully the NFL will handle their business and continue to hold offenders in whatever capacity accountable!
  • by Dean Location: Knoxville on Aug 20, 2007 at 04:08 PM
    I wonder how long it will take before race is used as an excuse for Vick being arrested?
  • by Janey Location: Knoxville on Aug 20, 2007 at 03:50 PM
    "Michael wishes to apologize again to everyone who has been hurt by this matter." His apology is a little too late for the poor animals he brutally killed isn't it?


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