MV: I was seven. It wasn't organized, but it was just taking place in an open area in the neighborhood. But saying it was part of our culture was no excuse. It doesn't override the fact that we should have known better.
If you didn't get caught, would you still be dogfighting?
MV: That's the scary thing. I would have continued to put my life in jeopardy. I would have continued to be involved.
Do your kids have a pet dog?
MV: No, I can't have a dog.
Do they ask for one?
MV: They ask all the time. That's just something I have to deal with. I feel bad, first, for what I've done. And second, because I have to tell my kids that they can't have a dog because of my wrongdoings.
DP: Were you in prison when one of your children was born?
MV: Actually, it was worse. I was in prison a month after she was born. I had a chance to spend time with her, then I had to leave. I've been punished for all the wrongdoings and everything that I've done. But, hey, I deserved it.