Michael Vick pleaded guilty to state dog-fighting charges today in an agreement that could let him out of jail and back in the NFL sooner, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Vick—already serving a 23-month federal sentence in Kansas—agreed to a 3-year suspended prison term in the Virginia case, making him eligible for an early release.
The Falcons quarterback read a statement as his family and fiancee listened in court. He said he was “very remorseful,” particularly to kids he "let down as a role model.” Once the state case is settled, Vick's scheduled July 20 release may change and he could be moved to a halfway house. He still faces an indefinite ban from the NFL.