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Michael Vick Ignored Prison Warnings: ‘I thought money could get me out of any situation’

May 15, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

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For the most part, it seems like Michael Vick has tried to turn his life around since being released from federal prison — speaking out against animal cruelty, paying his creditors, getting married, taking care of a family dog.

Of course, the reason he was in federal prison is the same reason many will be never be able to reverse their opinion of the Eagles’ quarterback regardless of how he leads his life moving forward.

Vick released his book Finally Free last year, recounting his involvement with dog fighting and his ensuing two-year federal incarceration, but he recently sat down Yahoo’s Jason Cole for a two-part interview, also revisiting issues from his past.

The beginning focuses on the difficulties of growing up in Newport News, Va., but the money quotes are about halfway through the interview, when Vick admits to ignoring warnings from an older mentor that he would one day find himself in jail.

Vick: I had one of my best friends telling me the entire time that I needed to change, and I never did. He told me that I could go to prison for the things that I was condoning and I blew him off in 2003. This is one of the guys who helped raise me into a young man. He was one of the older guys, eight or nine years older.

Cole: He looked at you and he told you that?

Vick: Yeah, he told me. He always told me the truth. He cared about me genuinely enough. Even to this day, we have a great relationship and he told me. I tell people about it all the time. I’ll be like, “He told me that I was going to go to prison one day.” I laughed at him. I laughed at him.

And why?

Cole: You thought you were invincible?

Vick: I thought money could get me out of any situation and I ended up going to prison. He never said I told you so, never. He tried to help me figure out what was the best situation. I wasn’t mature enough to hear it and I wished I would have listened. But hey, lesson learned.

Twenty-one months in Fort Leavenworth is some lesson.

  1. B-Low - May 15, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Just stay on the right track like you doing and everything will be alrght. PLAY YOUR VERY BEST AND GET THAT RING AND PEOPLE WILL FORGET ABOUT YOUR PAST! LOVE YOU PEACE!

  2. Pan - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Well his words say it all.. He didn’t listen because he thought he could buy his way through anything with money..No remorse..disgusting..He should have gotten and served 25 years for what he “condoned” and did to those dogs.. I hope the book tanks and someday he really does pay for what he did..No amount of money can pay that debt.. The Eagles have failed in integrity by signing him..I hope they don’t see another superbowl

    • Matt - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      Calm down on the 25 years. Some people don’t get 25 years when they murder people let alone dogs. That quote was not about him showing no remorse, it was him being honest, like most people with money they think it can get them out of anything.

    • Dawanna - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      U really do need to calm down tho damn! He served his time and now deserves a chance to redeem himself! Sheesh! People act as if they’ve never done anything they regret!!!!

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