Quotes after the agreement by Michael Vick to plead guilty to federal dogfighting charges Print
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Monday, 20 August 2007 16:16
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 ``Mr. Vick has agreed to enter a plea of guilty to those charges and to accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made.'' - Vick's lead defense attorney, Billy Martin.
``This case has opened America's eyes and jolted its conscience. The resolution of this federal case is no cause for celebration - many dogs suffered terribly and a gifted athlete and his bright career have been perhaps irreparably damaged. The only good that can come from this case is that the American people dedicate themselves to the task of rooting out dogfighting in every infected area where it thrives.'' - Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.
``We believe the criminal conduct to which Mr. Vick has pled guilty today cannot be condoned under any circumstances. Speaking personally, as I have previously stated, the practice of dog fighting is offensive and completely unacceptable. I can only hope that Mr. Vick, who is young man, will learn from this awful experience.'' - Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association.
``I think that was the right decision because he's admitting he did something wrong and standing up to it. The consequences won't be as severe now. From a life standpoint, I just wish him the best. I told him, `Put football behind you, just concentrate on your life, and concentrate on things that are at the forefront and most important right now, which is your family and your faith.''' - Bills wide receiver Peerless Price, Vick's former teammate in Atlanta.
``I, like all people who know and care about Michael Vick, was very disappointed and saddened by the news. Although all the details are not known at this time, I am greatly concerned that Michael has put himself in this position.'' - Frank Beamer, Vick's coach at Virginia Tech.
``It's another one of those cases where you hope the young guys are paying attention. There are a lot of people out there that can make you feel real guilty about not getting into a bad situation. You have learn early on who to say no to because it's a very slippery slope. It can lead a lot of people down the wrong fork in the road early in their NFL careers.'' - Jaguars defensive tackle Seth Payne.
``You've got a lot of people that look up to you. You've got to watch every step, every move you make every time you step out in public. It's a risk for quarterbacks every day because a lot of people are watching,'' - Titans quarterback Vince Young.
``While we are pleased to hear that the Vick case is being settled through the criminal justice system, we remain concerned that the punishment will be inadequate considering the heinous nature of the crimes.'' - Ron Menaker, Chairman of the Board of the American Kennel Club.
``He's in one of those situations where he's in the process of starting to put his life back together. These are tremendously rough times personally and professionally. He's doing the best he can to stop the bleeding and move forward.'' - Defense attorney James D. ``Butch'' Williams Jr.
``Things happen. This just happened to be something major. It's affecting our city and our franchise right now.'' - Falcons Pro Bowl CB DeAngelo Hall.
``As an organization that supports law enforcement efforts against animal cruelty in several ways - from having our own Humane Law Enforcement department in New York, to contributing to the education and training of law enforcement and judicial officers around the country in prosecuting animal cruelty - we salute the U.S. Attorney's office and the USDA in their dedication to pursuing this case. It sends a clear message to those engaged in animal cruelty - that these acts are barbaric and unacceptable in a humane community.'' - Ed Sayres, president and CEO of The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
``The practice of dog fighting is not sport, ever - it's cruel barbarism and must be stopped. We are hopeful that some good can come out of this horrific crime as public awareness of dog fighting increases and more of these operations around the world are shut down.'' - Stephanie Scroggs, director of communications for SPCA international.
``You know, when you take a plea and you're saying you did it, what else is there to say about it?'' - Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, drafted by San Diego with the pick San Diego received after trading the first choice to Atlanta.
``I don't have a lot of comment about it, but I wish him the best.'' - Colts Super Bowl MVP quarterback Peyton Manning on ESPN.

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