Michael Vick Completes Dogfighting Sentence

The former Atlanta Falcons star is released from custody after serving a 23-month sentence.

By | Posted: July 21, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

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Michael Vick, a quarterback with the National Football League, was released from federal custody Monday after serving 20 months for his role in an illegal dogfighting operation.

The star quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons was convicted on a federal dogfighting charge in August 2007. Authorities discovered more than 50 pit bulls, burial sites for dead dogs, and dogfighting paraphernalia.

It is not yet decided if the 29-year-old Vick, who was released from his $130-million contract with the Falcons in June, will be allowed to play again in the NFL.

According to The Associated Press, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wishes to sit down with Vick to see if the quarterback has “learn[ed] anything from the experience,” if he “regret[s] what happened,” and if “he can be a positive influence going forward.”

Vick was suspended from the NFL indefinitely in August 2007. The NFL is expected to make a decision regarding his reinstatement soon, according to AP. The owners of at least two teams with open quarterback positions – the New York Giants and the New York Jets – have publicly stated that they will not sign Vick.

Vick also might have the option of playing for the fledgling United Football League.

Vick was arrested in on April 25, 2007, after authorities discovered evidence of his Bad Newz Kennels dogfighting ring at his home in Surry County, Va. Sixty-six dogs, mostly pit bulls, were seized and placed in animal-control shelters.

After pleading guilty to federal dogfighting charges in August 2007, the fallen football star was sentenced to 23 months of incarceration. He served 18 months in a federal penitentiary and another two in home confinement. The judge presiding over the case commuted three months of the sentence. Vick will now begin serving three years of probation.

For more on the Michael Vick dogfighting case, click here.

Kristopher Wardwell is the managing editor of Dog World magazine.


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ROBIN   FRANKFORD, DE

7/22/2009 8:07:36 PM

I FEEL THAT IS ANY DIVISION OR TEAM TAKES HIM BACK THEY ARE ONLY ASKING FOR TROUBLE. PEOPLE LIKE HIME ARE NOT TO BE TRUSTED OR RESPECTED FOR THEY HAVE NO RESPECT FOR LIFE OF ANIAMALS OR HUMANS. PERSONALLY I WILL NEVER WATCH A GAME THAT HE PLAYS IN. IT WOULD ONLY BE FITTING TO HAVE HIS HOME BECOME AN ANIAMAL SANCTUARY.

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Jim   Saint Louis, MO

7/22/2009 6:24:23 PM

I, hope the Rams sign Vick thats the only way I will go to another game after they released Torry Holt.

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Michele   Freeport, IL

7/22/2009 2:01:05 PM

I hope he never plays football ever again.This man is a disgrace to the sport.He also should never be allowed to own another pet.What a jerk.

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Claudia   Trenton, NJ

7/22/2009 6:06:45 AM

He is a disgrace and should never be allowed to own a pet or come in contact with any animal. I also feel that he should not be allowed to play football ever again. People like him can not be trusted. The only thing he should be concentrating on is proving himself to the American public.

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