It appears that not only was Michael Vick engaged in an illegal dog-fighting racket, but he also lied to those around him. Including friends, teammates and even his own mother.
“She really didn’t know what was going on. Vick said. “She I think had heard just from people word of mouth that I was engaging in illegal activity but she couldn’t put a finger on it and nobody else knew”
In a way, Vick was living a double-life. Of course you don’t tell your mother that you’re fighting Pitbulls in your backyard.
I’m sure he felt ashamed at what he was doing and further proves that he knew he was in the wrong. You don’t avoid telling your family and friends about your social life unless what you’re doing is potentially dangerous or illegal. In this case, what Vick was partaking in was both dangerous and illegal, and about as inhumane as it gets.
“I told her the truth the day I got arraigned. Vick said. “I think my mom cried for four or five days straight, and everybody else around me who loved me and cared about me, because they just didn’t think it would go that far — they didn’t think I would end up going to prison. It was a dramatic change for everybody’s life.”