NEW YORK (AP) -New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury defended Michael Vick, calling dogfighting a sport and comparing it to hunting.
Marbury spoke Monday about the federal dogfighting conspiracy charges against Vick while promoting his basketball shoe in Albany, N.Y.
``I think it's tough,'' Marbury said, according to Albany TV station Capital News 9. ``I think, you know, we don't say anything about people who shoot deer or shoot other animals. You know, from what I hear, dogfighting is a sport. It's just behind closed doors.''
On Monday, Vick said through a lawyer that he will plead guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and conspiracy to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture. He also faces possible prosecution in Virginia.
``I think it's tough that we build Michael Vick up and then we break him down,'' Marbury said. ``I think he's one of the superb athletes, and he's a good human being. I just think that he fell into a bad situation.''

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