Here’s an excerpt from his new biography, Finally Free:
“When the dogfighting allegation surfaced, my lawyer told me, ‘If you were involved, you need to tell me you were involved.’ That’s when it was on the state rather than the federal level. I kept telling him, ‘No, no, I wasn’t involved, no, no.’ The whole time they were building the case, my lawyer was saying ‘no’ but he was seeing all this evidence saying ‘yes.’ If I had just told the truth, maybe I would’ve received a smack on the wrist instead of a lengthy sentence.
“So now that I think about it, I believe it was the Lord. It was God saying, ‘Kid, I gave you a chance to get this thing right.’ It was like, ‘Carry your ass to jail.’ I know He didn’t say it like that, but it was like, ‘Go on. You need to do some time. You need to learn a lesson.’
“He gave me a chance. He gave me three months – April through July – to go to all these people and say, ‘Look, I was wrong,’ and to get the correct advice, and to use it correctly. But I didn’t do it.”
If he had just told the truth about killing dogs and such, as Jesus wanted him to, he never would have gone to jail. Gotcha.