Michael Vick Playing Football in Prison

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In an interview with the New York Daily News, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Michael Vick is playing football in prison to keep himself in shape.

“Apparently, there was a prison football team and he played quarterback for both sides ….. He’s written me a couple of times. I’ve written him back, he’s stayed in touch ….. I just try to be supportive and as understanding as I can be. He talks about the process he is going through and what he has learned, the lessons of life, how he’s going to come out a different person. He’s sorry he has affected so many people in a negative way — the league, our club, our fans. He feels awful about that. The letters sound quite sincere to me. From a mental standpoint, he sounds good.”

At least this is good news, but the whole situation is a sad state of affairs. Michael is at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, KS (the minimum security satellite prison camp), serving a 23-month term after pleading guilty last August to a federal dogfighting conspiracy. Even if he is released in July 2009 (keep in mind Michael will go to trial on state dogfighting charges in Virginia this June), he will have lost several seasons in the prime of his career — or what’s left of it. The bottom line here is hoping Michael comes out of this experience a changed man for the better. And it looks as though that is happening. If he can get back into the National Football League on top of turning his life around, it will be the best possible scenario. I hope both of those things happen.

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  • chris

    i think michel is a great qb and he will come out a changed man like he said and he will be back in the nfl

  • sam

    it was a mistake, and really bad mistake, but this is america and everybody deserve a second chance. We did for bill clinton?

  • Ted J. Tyson ALSO #7 Qb

    I think its a good thing for him to keep playing, Michael Vick was and still is my inspiration for football I’m 15 years of age and I want him to come back to the nfl and prove to all those deceiving eyes that he is a changed man a great athlete and deserves a second chance I hope Vick sees this cause i want to grow up to be a great athlete just like him, I am also a starting quarterback for my school in arizona fairfax high if I could meet Mickael Vick I would thank god because thats once in a lifetime opportunity to meet a great athlete in our time, Michael Vick is still my Quarterback HERO #7!

  • Johnte

    The key word is when when mike vick comes back things wont be the same why cause he will be better than ever the better he is the more hatters will hate im not one of those im still a vick fan ima always have his back the second chance is coming where will you be at ?

  • avery monroe

    everybody deserves a second chance. why is there so much hype about michael returning to the NFL? Martha Stewart returned to making shows and commercials and she didnt lose any endorsements at all if I am accurate. I just guess he was the scapegoat for the world of dogfighting-which I am positive the sport will continue long after Mr. Vick is released from incaceration.

  • jewel

    First off, Mike is just so cute! I have always admired his style of play. He is very exciting and electric. I think that this is what was necessary to move him to a higher level in his life. I think that he should be given a second chance in the league after he serves his time. I will still support him and PAY for a ticket to support whatever team that he plays for. Nobody’s perfect and we have seen countless other celebrities slapped on the hand and that is not fair.

  • Linda Binn

    Mike, we love you!! Keep god first and your head up, ok. I will always support you in jail and out no matter what team you’re on.

    I would love it if you returned to the Falcons.


  • maria

    Michael is a cruel and heartless creature.
    He will never be redeemed for what he did to those poor dogs. I used to think he was cute, but now he looks scarry to me.
    He won’t make a come back, cause there will be such a public out cry and his life will diffently be in jepordy. If he wasn’t a mean & cruel person to begin with, he couldn’t have done the things he did to the helpless dogs.

  • Nelle.

    to “maria”.hes not heartless and cruel.he made a simple mistake.yes it was wrong treating dogs like trash that doesnt matter and allowing them to abuse each other.it doesnt even matter what everyone thinks.hes paying his debt to society and everyone should leave it at that.hell be back out of jail in no time and the NFL will allow him to come back and play with God’s grace.learn to forgive.

  • Renzo

    Ha a simple mistake. That is a stupid statement. Killing and abusing dogs is not a simple mistake. That’s like saying that I am a serial killer and I buried several people underneath my house and that it was just a simple mistake. Yeah I think he should get to play in the NFL again because I don’t know how much that has to do with him playing football but don’t think that the things that went on there were just simple mistakes. They were some of the worst cases of animal cruelty in years. Hanging, shooting, and beating dogs to death after they lose a fighting match is border line psycho.
    P.S. your grammar sucks

  • http://www.emqb.com David Kindervater

    I wouldn’t even say borderline psychotic. It’s just psychotic — period.

  • V Sterdivant

    “To Maria” You are just one of the few people that don’t believe in redemption. I believe that once Micheal is released and get his business in prospective, he will make a comeback. That’s probably what he is doing with his time, staying in shape, getting his mind focused. Make my words Vick will be back. And if he doesn’t get in the NFL there are a million more things he can do to have a career. I think that Micheal is a human being that makes mistakes like everyone else. As far as other players (all sports) there are a number of bad and unethnical things that they have done related to their sport and didn’t receive as much criticism as he. I love you Micheal Vick and I will always support you-in or out of prison. Keep your head up!!!! Stay strong!! I know that you will raise above all of this!!

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  • http://myspace debo

    that was so dumb of him fighting dogs he is so stupid with his funny self

  • yeh

    we youthanize dogs everyday. we have poverty and starving kids. we abort babies. who cares about a couple of dogs. they are natural hunters and fighters. hell football players die playing a sport. fight for something that really matters. complaine about exxon averaging a billion dollars a month profit over the last r yrs. america is only 300 million people do the math see the harm

  • Nelson

    I think about it dog fighting is it really that seriuos it just like people that hunt for sport yea it’s cruel but how could u compare that to being a serial killer that rediculous I belive mike will be back better than ever hopefully with the dolphins

  • Linda Binn

    I can wait for to see Michael Vick this year!!!!! Football has not been the same since you’ve been gone Mike!

    Make all your supporters proud of you this year.

    The team you play on this year is getting a big Gain and the Falcons are receiving a serious Loss.

    Peta needs to fight controlling pit bulls from killing innocent people (especially kids) – where are you in those time Peta!!!! You needed some money for your cause and Mike was it.

    People will still pay to see Mike Vick, no matter what the haters think or say!

    Make us PROUD VICK……Make us PROUD!

  • Chase

    He without sin let him cast the first stone. Everyone has skeletons in their closet that you wouldn’t want to come out in public. Get over it,live and let live!

  • http://none david lyman

    I think Michael Vick deserves a second chance. I do not understand why people with more severe crimes get lesser sentences though. You can murder someone and sometimes only get a few years. Drug dealers often get off with less punishment. Drunk drivers that kill innocent people often get off with a slap on the wrist and probation. The justice system in this country has some severe issues.

  • MJ

    I wonder if the people writing these support messages understand that this ‘man’ had a ‘rape stand’ behind his house used to force breed unwilling dogs. He shot dogs, hung them from trees, held them under water as they drowned. Basically, tortured! Live, breathing, caring beings! Wether you like it or not, dogs are living beings, and what Vick did is despicable. I am no one to judge, but the NFL has lost me as a customer. I will not kiss someone’s a@# just because he’s a good athlete! Big Deal!