August 26, 2007
Michael Vick filed a plea agreement in Richmond Federal Court Friday admitting to a dog fighting conspiracy and helping kill pit bulls. Monday, he will face a judge for his scheduled plea hearing.
In that plea agreement signed by Vick Friday, he admits that he is guilty of setting up a dog fighting business, buying the property, and the dogs, but he does not admit to gambling on any of the fights.
Vick does not directly say that he killed a dog, but in the statement, he "agrees and stipulates that these dogs all died as a result of the collective efforts of" Vick and his friends.
“I don't know that there's a whole lot of difference between being the guy who drowned, hung or electrocuted a dog. Or knowing that it was being done on your property to your dogs, by your friends,” said Dan Dierdorf, CBS NFL Analyst.
Some experts say his plea was his way of trying to avoid being kicked out of the NFL, but it didn't work.
With the NFL's announcement Vick is indefinitely suspended, the NFL commissioner said Vick’s conduct is illegal, cruel and reprehensible and added his mere association with illegal gambling violated his NFL contract. Now some say the possibility of him ever wearing a NFL jersey again doesn't look promising.
“I think it’s going to be very difficult for another NFL owner basically to put his arms around Michael Vick and say here is the new leader of our team,” said Jeff Schult, Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Vick still has to walk into the courtroom Monday and see whether a judge will accept his plea. He faces anywhere between one and five years in prison.