Popular football star Michael Vick admits to killing dogs by hanging

Michael Vick 
By: Eva Fett 

Some sports stars, who our children look up to as role models, are evil criminals.

One popular sports star was recently jailed for killing dogs by hanging.

Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, was sentenced to 23 months in prison after prosecutors revealed he told federal agents that he hanged two dogs as part of an enterprise of illegal dog fighting.

Vick had denied for months that he was personally involved in the killings.

U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson ordered the term of 23 months in jail, which was longer than the 12 to 18 months prosecutors and defense lawyers had initially recommended. Hudson said he was concerned that Vick made conflicting statements to FBI agents about his role in the execution of dogs, and also misled probation officers about smoking marijuana against the orders of the court.

Although the judge praised the community service Vick has performed, and he said that he had received numerous letters of support on behalf of the quarterback including from boxer George Foreman and baseball slugger Hank Aaron, Hudson said Vick was instrumental in the promotion of dog fighting on his property in southeastern Virginia.

"You were a full participant, and at least equally guilty with all the other participants convicted in this case," Hudson told Vick. Moments later, Vick apologized to the judge, his family and his children.