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The Michael Vick dogfighting saga appears to be coming to a close, at least from the Federal Government’s point of view. Today, Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison for financing a dogfighting ring that based its operations in a house owned by the previous quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons.

Mike VickThe sentence brings closure to a disappointing tale of how Michael Vick, one of the bright stars in the NFL, blew it all on animal cruelty. Vick’s case polarized a large portion of the Atlanta area as people predictably picked sides and made their various stands and protests whenever the fallen Vick appeared in court.

Vick’s sentence was stronger than the others who were involved with the ring, and speculation comes from the fact Vick was the chief financial backer of the Bad Newz Kennels.

“Vick and three co-defendants entered plea agreements for their roles establishing Bad Newz Kennels, a dogfighting operation run from a house Vick owned in Surry County, Virginia. Vick faced a maximum sentence of five years. Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of between 12 and 18 months. Two of the co-defendants were sentenced last week. Purnell Peace received 18 months and Quanis Phillips received 21 months. Tony Taylor will be sentenced on Friday.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, more than 25 television trucks were parked by the courthouse. Reporters began lining up before 6 a.m. for one of 100 seats in the courtroom. There are also 200 seats in an adjoining courtroom with a live video feed.”

The earliest Vick can seek reinstatement to the NFL is 2010. Vick’s case is just another in a long line of modern athletes who aren’t content with having the world at their fingertips and so they waste their natural gifts by making pathetically stupid decisions. Now Michael has almost two years to think about what he’s accomplished.