Disgraced American football icon Michael Vick
has publicly apologized for his part in an illegal dogfighting operation, which could land him behind bars for up to 18 months. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback has admitted he financed a dogfighting operation as part of a plea agreement in Virginia to lessen prison time.
After a brief hearing in court on Monday, Vick staged a press conference, where he apologized for his heinous actions and revealed he has turned his life over to God as he awaits sentencing.
Vick told reporters, "I wanna apologize for all the things that I've done and I've allowed to happen... I want to apologize to all the young kids out there for my immature acts. What I did was very immature, so what that means is I have to grow up. I totally ask for forgiveness and understanding as I move forward to bettering Michael Vick the person, not the football player. I take full responsibility for my actions.
"We all make mistakes. I made a mistake and used bad judgment... Those things ust can't happen. Dog fighting is a terrible thing and I didn't reject it. I'm upset with myself. Through this situation, I found Jesus and asked him for forgiveness and I've turned my life over to God. I think that's the right thing to do. I think it will help me as a person. I've got a lot to think about in the next year or so... I will redeem myself. I have to."
Vick has already been sentenced by America's National Football League and his sponsors - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has suspended Vick indefinitely without pay and the sports star's sponsors Nike have pulled all advertising connected to Vick.
Richmond, Virginia, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson spoke with Vick on Monday and will now take three to four months to review the charges against Vick and decide the football player's fate.
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