Michael Vick Apology: "What I Did Was Horrendous"

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Michael Vick wants you to feel sorry. Not for him. For the dogs.

That's the disgraced quarterback's stated purpose, at least.

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Two days after his revealing 60 Minutes interview, the newly-released star and new member of the Philadephia Eagles has written a lengthy, public apology.

See if you think Michael Vick is being sincere in his apology ...

"I'm sorry. That's the place where I need to begin.

My feeling of remorse. I ain't never written a blog before, so putting my thoughts down on paper is a challenge - however it's a challenge I must face.

I can look a 250 pound linebacker in his eyes at the line of scrimmage and have no fear. But expressing myself when I know that there are millions of people who are so angry with me, and rightfully so, is a challenge unlike any other.

What I did was horrendous. Awful. Inhumane.

I've no excuses for my actions. It makes my heart hurt now to think about what I've done. I'm gonna be real honest, it took a while for me to get to this place.

Sitting in a prison cell didn't make me feel remorse. It was meeting so many animal lovers, speaking with them and looking them in their eyes. Staring at them. Looking so deep into their eyes that I began to feel their pain.

Allowing that pain to enter into my body is when I started to understand how bad it really was. I have been trying hard to connect with people who feel this pain, because for my whole life I was disconnected from the suffering of animals.

And you might say, 'come on Mike, how could you do those things to those dogs?' And you're right... I ask myself those questions every day. What kind of person does this? How does a human-being treat dogs or any animal with pain and cruelty?

The hard part for me is the answer to these questions. Because the answer is ME.

I am trying so hard to be a better person, because who I was, I am ashamed of.

'Cause see, my whole life has been numb.

I was numb to the violence in my community...cause I saw it all the time, ever since I was a child. I mean, how does one grow up in a city that's nickname is Bad Newz?

You can probably guess that from the jump, ya' know I've seen some bad things in my life. And football was the only way that I could escape.

As a kid, I even used to go out fishing, and most of the times I wouldn't catch a darn thing, but just needed to get away from the chaos every once in a while.

So, when the commissioner called my name as the #1 draft pick in the NFL - the first time a black quarterback had ever been chosen as the #1 pick, I thought my life was all good.

But, what I didn't realize then, that I have begun to realize now, is that even though I had more money in my pocket, big cars and big houses, I was still numb.

And when I say numb, I ain't talkin about not realizing the stuff that was going on around me, it was just like I was living life asleep.

However, that is still no excuse for what I did. But let's not forget that there are still hundreds of thousands of young people growing in similar environments and seeing violence at a young age has severe consequences.

Now that I'm trying my best to wake up, I know I have a lot of work to do. And this isn't about trying to win a Super Bowl ring or a MVP trophy... this is about trying to save lives.

I think back to when I use to play football and of course I use to see all those kids in the stands wearing #7 jerseys. And I would never want them to look up to the Michael Vick who did all of those terrible things to the dogs.

I know where I need to do the most work is with all of the people around the world who continue to fight dogs. Let me be straight forward with y'all: What I did was wrong, and what you're doing is wrong.

We must stop dog fighting, and I will do everything in my power to be a voice of someone who has finally woken up from the numbness, and knows just how bad it really is. My mission now is to be a source of service to save many animals.

I am working very closely with The Humane Society and will be launching a new campaign shortly. If I had one hope in life, it would be that my actions will speak louder than my words.

I know it will be hard to forgive me until you see my sincerity through my actions, but I promise you and I promise myself that that day will come.

Lastly, I accept this challenge, not of writing this blog, but of redeeming myself.

- Michael Vick"

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By being sincerely apologetic and working with the Humane Society, Michael Vick has lifted himself far above all of you who hate him. You are still full of hatred (and always will be) while he is doing what he can to better himself and move on. In other words, those of you who are still full of hatred for Michael Vick (which is worse than animal cruelty BTW) he is so far above you that will never catch up. It is people who can see their problems and change that succeed in life. Perhaps, that is why he is earning millions instead of wasting his time and energy hating people he doesn't even know.

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If football and sports gears brands, support and forgive a person like that after what he did, too bad that all fans do not think like me, because all these people deserve to go and work for subway for few dollars a day and not be a well paid national sport hero. That previledge should go with good morals standards as example to the yougests and society.
this guy should be not even get closed to a stadium

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Absolutely sick and disgraceful what this man did. Wasn't done on the spur of the moment either, it was over a prolonged period of time. He is a national disgrace.

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Lol all the people saying 2 years isn't enough and think Vick should have his back broken and should be hanged, shocked, drowned, and chewed. What do you know of humanity? The man writes a seemingly truthful blog and you guys attack him with threats and judgement. What makes any of you think you have the right to say these things? This is not a eye for an eye country. Yes he was wrong, he admitted his crime, did the maximum sentence given, and has been given a second chance to do good with his life. His popularity actually might be beneficial to the awareness of animal abuse over the normal scumbag that gets caught of of these terrible crimes and walks right back to a dogfight after jail (Which would probably be half the time that Mike Vick served). You all preach humanity with violence when none of you know anything of forgiveness.

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if he was legitametly sorry and actually felt the impact of his actions he would have killed himself. I know i would have.

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Oh Poor Vick the dick, numb ? Thats terrible.
I think I may be able to help you overcome that numbness.
Remember when you took the loosing dogs to the pool in your yard? You would clamp live battery cables to their ears? Then throw them in the pool? Remember the bits of flesh they left while clawing the sides of the pool ? The teeth marks they left on the lip trying to get out while paralized muscles from the shock of the battery would not let them move much? Well lets do that with you. I am willing to bet all that terrible numbness will leave you right away. I got the cable, batterys and pool so just bring yourself. You evil prick.

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there's not enough space!!!!!!!!!!WON'T BE WATCHING THOSE GAMES!!!!!!

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Michael V.-CRIMINAL DOUCHEBAG!! MORE JAIL TIME and PUNISHMENT!! WON'T WATCH EAGLES ANYMORE! THEY HAVE A CRIMINAL and SLIME BALL ON THEIR TEAM!! STUPID EAGLES!

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The ONLY thing this slime ball is sorry for is getting caught. It's too bad he was allowed back into football...they should have kept his ass in jail for a l-o-n-g time.

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Everyone is human an we all obviously made a mistake. When someone appologize for there action makes me wonder is there trust there, now not as an individual but before god and the people it hurt.

Michael Vick Biography

Michael Vick Photo Michael Vick is the troubled, former quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL, and a former All-American at Virginia Tech. The man... More »
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Michael Dwayne Vick
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