Michael Vick, the Atlanta Falcons’ suspended quarterback, formally accepted a plea agreement from the federal government today in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va., the New York Times reports. He pled guilty to a felony charge stemming from a dog fighting ring run from a property he owned. “I was ashamed and totally disappointed in myself, to say the least,” Vick said after the hearing. He added: “Dog fighting is a terrible thing. I reject it.” Vick, 27, faces up to five years in prison on the charges of conspiring to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and conspiring to sponsor a dog in an animal-fighting venture.
Prosecutors will recommend a sentence, between a year to 18 months. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 10. “I will redeem myself,” Vick said. “I have to.” He said he did not place side bets on any of the fights and did not share in the purses that were won by Bad Newz Kennels, but that he funded the betting and was present when his co-defendants placed bets.