Although Michael Vick's lawyer says he plans to show remorse and make amends after he pleads guilty to federal conspiracy charges Monday, his mother, Brenda Vick Boddie, doesn't seem to think her son has anything to be remorseful for:
It's not a surprise that a mother whose son is facing prison would react that way, but the way she tries to deny the crimes her son committed may actually hurt Vick. His only chance of ever getting back into the NFL is to show sincere remorse, and if the people around Vick continue to say things like "for what?" and "he is not a criminal," it will be hard for anyone to believe that Vick is sorry for what he's done.
"I gotta be strong for him," Brenda Vick sobbed, standing outside the handsome brick mansion her son bought for her in Suffolk, Va. "It is tough on everybody. They are trying to put my baby in jail, and for what?"
"Everybody makes mistakes," she continued, only hours after her son filed his guilty plea Friday. "Everybody deserves a second chance. He has given his life over to God. He is not a criminal . . . He's a good person. He has a big heart, and it just hurts."