Sportsman denies dog fight gambling

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick will deny gambling on dog fighting when he comes to entering a guilty plea on Monday in a Virginian federal court.

According to, Vick will plead guilty to one charge of interstate commerce for the purpose of dog fighting. Vicks will admit he was present when dogs were killed, but claims he did not kill any dogs personally or gamble on any fights.

Vick will face up to five years in jail, a fine of $250,000 and an almost certain end to his NFL career. However, Vick’s guilty plea could cut the jail sentence to one year. Three other people, Purnell Peace, Quanis Phillips and Tony Taylor have pleaded guilty already and are expected to testify against Vick.

The dog fighting allegedly occurred at Vick’s property in Smithfield, Virginia, from 2001. The dog fighting ring then became known as the “Bad Newz Kennels”. During fights, it is alleged that participants would place bets of up to several hundred thousands of dollars.

Editor, - 2007-08-24 12:11:41

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