Vick must repay $20 million from bonus

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Falcons are entitled to recover nearly $20 million in bonus money paid to disgraced quarterback Michael Vick, an arbitrator ruled Tuesday. The players’ union vowed to appeal.

Stephen B. Burbank, a University of Pennsylvania law professor and special master who led last week’s arbitration hearing, sided with the team after hearing from Falcons president and general manager Rich McKay and attorneys from the NFL Players Association, which represented Vick.

The Falcons argued that Vick, who pleaded guilty to federal charges for his role in a long-running dogfighting operation, knew he was in violation of the contract when he signed a $130 million deal in December 2004.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick grimaces on the sideline after being helped off the field during the second half of a football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in this Dec. 31, 2006 file photo in Philadelphia. The Falcons are entitled to recover nearly US$20 million in bonus money paid to Vick, an arbitrator ruled Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)

AP Photo: Atlanta Falcons
(former) starting QB Michael
Vick

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