“For the life of me, I can’t understand why I was involved in such pointless activity,” Vick said. “Why did I risk so much at the pinnacle of my career?”
“There was a point in my life where I felt it was wrong and I knew it was wrong,” he said. “To this day I have to live with that shame and that embarrassment.”
“Everything that happened at that point in my life was wrong,” Vick said of his involvement with the dogfighting ring.
Vick, who said he wants to be the “best ambassador to the NFL and community,” said he hoped to play in a regular season game soon. He asked for a second chance, but expected he won’t be easily forgiven by fans or the general public.”I understand to a certain degree, but our country is a country of second chances,” he said. “I paid my debt to society. I spent two years in prison. … That was a humbling experience. I can’t explain how deeply hurt and how sorry I was.”
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, released the following statement on Michael Vick’s signing with the Philadelphia Eagles:
“Michael Vick admits that what he did to dogs was cruel and barbaric, but now that he has served his time, he wants to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. He has pledged to make a long-term commitment to participate in our community-based outreach programs to steer inner-city youth away from dogfighting. At events with Michael in Atlanta and Chicago, we’ve seen him deliver a powerful message against animal cruelty. Like so many other major American cities, Philadelphia has a serious dogfighting problem, and groups like the Pennsylvania SPCA have excellent programs to combat dogfighting locally. We have not had any discussions with the Philadelphia Eagles and the team did not consult animal welfare groups about its decision, but we look forward to working together to combat the dogfighting problem in Philadelphia and nationwide. “
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Ed Sayres, president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said in a statement that the group “expects Mr. Vick to express remorse for his actions, as well as display more compassion and sound judgment this time around than he did during his previous tenure with the NFL. We hope that Mr. Vick uses his stature for the betterment of the community and the advancement of the issue of animal cruelty.”
Vick knows he might never be forgiven by some people.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said he did serious “soul searching” regarding Vick. The owner said he met with Vick for hours and is convinced he can become a force in stopping animal cruelty.
“I needed to see a lot of self hatred in order to approve this,” Lurie said.
I sure hope this isn’t another OJ searching for the real killers story…
Vick has also filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. At a hearing in that case, he told the judge he earned 12 cents an hour as an overnight janitor while in prison.