A stood and watched every word of Michael Vick's apology on TV. He spoke "from the heart" and took responsibility for killing dogs and the "wrongs" he had committed. Certain phrases jumped out at me. When he apologized for being immature in his judgment I turned to my wife and said, "Vince Young was immature for breaking curfew by skipping out of his motel room during training camp and being suspended for one game, but hanging dogs that you train to kill each other and drowning them when they're "not dead enough", has nothing to do with immaturity". That's just plane criminal and defines the character of the man.
Out of interest I researched his background, because we are all a product of our past. The way we were raised, the kinds of parents we had or didn't have, the people we lived with and hung out with. I found out that Michael grew up in a housing project and never had a relationship with his estranged father. There's a powerful, lasting influence that a father has or doesn't have on his children. A strong caring mother can help off set that loss, but there is still damage none the less. Michael grew up a product of his environment, he never really learned right from wrong. Money and fame was his ticket, and still is. He's become desensitized because if it and so cruelty has simply become an inconvenience.
Then he said that "he had found Jesus, and had given his life to God, FOR NOW". What does that mean. I've visited the state prison a number of times. There are men there who truly have "given their lives to Christ", but there are also plenty who found "jail house religion". Sorry for having been caught and hoping to use it as a ticket to a quicker freedom. The Bible says, "by their fruits you shall know them". Time will tell. I hope his life his really been changed. But I also know that, right now, he wants to play in the NFL again and make millions again, and the only way he can do that as quickly as possible is to influence the judge who will ultimately determine the length of his prison sentence.
So for now I'll hold off calling his statement a "heart felt, soul baring apology"