It's official. Michael Vick was pleaded guilty Monday morning August 27th to a federal dogfighting charge and later apologized to the public, his football teammates and to "all the kids out there for my immature acts."
Vick entered his guilty plea before a U.S. District Court judge in Richmond, VA and is scheduled to be sentenced on December 10th later this year. Minutes after the court hearing, the Atlanta Falcons quarterback then faced the media, expressing his guilty feeling.
Broke his silence, Vick said he spoke "from the heart" and asked forgiveness from his teammates and the public, saying "I want to personally apologize to commissioner Goodell, Arthur Blank, coach Bobby Petrino, my Atlanta Falcons teammates ....... and to all the young kids out there for my immature acts and, you know, what I did was, what I did was very immature so that means I need to grow up."
Then he went on saying, "I totally ask for forgiveness and understanding as I move forward to bettering Michael Vick the person, not the football player," adding that he would never "point the finger and try to blame anybody else for my actions or what I've done."
In between his public apology, Vick also declared dogfighting as "a terrible thing" and that he "rejects it" while stated that "through this situation I found Jesus and asked him for forgiveness and turned my life over to God. And I think that's the right thing to do as of right now."
Meanwhile, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said he accepted Vick's apology and that the team will try to force him to return a portion of the $37 million in bonuses in his 10-year, $130 million contract. "Maybe he'll have an opportunity to play again in the National Football League," Blank said of Vick, while remained tight-lipped on whether the athlete would play for the Falcons.