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Vick must repay $20 million from bonus

October 10, 2007

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)

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NFL’s tale of two Michaels

September 6, 2007

NFL: Beat your dog, sit out the season.  Beat your wife and you still play.

Editorial
USA Today
September 6, 2007

Even people who aren’t football fans have heard about Michael Vick, the star quarterback whose abuse of pit bulls led to a guilty plea on federal dogfighting charges, drew public vilification and spurred an indefinite suspension from the NFL.

Far fewer people have heard of Michael Pittman, another NFL player accused of violence.

In May 2003, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back was arrested on charges of ramming his Hummer into a car driven by his wife and carrying their 2-year-old child and a babysitter. It was the fourth time the 6-foot, 228-pound player was accused of domestic violence. Even so, Pittman played the 2003 season.

“Vick-Dog” Probably Running an “Out Pattern;” Entered Plea of “Not Guilty”

July 26, 2007

By John E. Carey
July 26, 2007

The Atlanta Falcons opened their football camp today, but Michael Vick was at a courthouse in Richmond, Va.

Vick arrived amid boos and pleaded not guilty during a reportedly uneventful and “not memorable” few minute hearing.

The trial in the “Vick-Dog” and friends dogfighting and conspiracy case; with federal crimes allegedly commited across state lines, a violation of the “Travel Act,” is set to begin Nov. 26.

Vick is charged along with three of his friends.

The other three men charged, according to the federal prosecutor’s indictment documents, are Purnell A. Peace, also known as “P-Funk” and “Funk,”  Quanis L. Phillips, also known as “Q,” Tony Taylor, also known as “T.”

The documents list the nickname of “Ookie”for Mr. Vick.

The four either face up to five years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 if convicted on the Travel Act violation, a felony, or one year in prison and up to $100,000 in fines if convicted on the charge of using a dog in a fighting venture.

Today Mr. Vick was released without bond.

According to football people we reached, “this probably means Michael is out for this season.  He’s running an ‘out pattern’ and he’s fighting for his name and his freedom now.”

Vick was jeered by a crowd as he went into court. He and three others entered their pleas in U.S. District Court to conspiracy charges involving competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting, and conducting the enterprise across state lines.

Mr. Vick’s lawyer, Billy Martin, read the following statement in behalf of his client:

“I take these charges very seriously and look forward to clearing my good name.  I respectfully ask all of you to hold your judgment until all of the facts are shown. Above all, I would like to say to my mom I’m sorry for what she has had to go through in this most trying of times. It has caused pain to my family and I apologize to my family.”

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Michael Vick-Dog; Dead Meat For Practice, Season?

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Vick Dogfighting Charges Stir Stinging Reaction

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Inside The Dog Fighting Underworld

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What is the “Travel Act”?

The Travel Act was passed in the  early 1960’s while Robert Kennedy was Attorney General.  The Act was in response to organized crime activity and Kennedy’s efforts to end it. The Act was intended to assist state and local authorities with limited resources in their efforts to combat organized crime. The Act provides that any individual who travels in interstate or foreign commerce or uses the mail or any facility in interstate or foreign commerce with the intent to:

  • Distribute the proceeds of any unlawful activity.
  • Commit a violent crime to further criminal activity.
  • Promote, manage, establish, carry on, or facilitate the promotion, management, establishment, or carrying on of any criminal activity.

may be guilty of violating the Travel Act.

Unlawful activity includes:

  • Extortion.
  • Bribery.
  • Arson.
  • Illegal gambling.
  • Illegal liquor offenses.
  • Narcotics.
  • Controlled substances.
  • Prostitution.
  • Tax evasion.

The Act is violated by movement in or use of interstate commerce with the intent of committing, furthering, or distributing proceeds of the above-listed series offenses.

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The G. Green Law Practice, PLLC
http://www.geraldgreenlaw.com/article.jsp?practArea=38&articleIndex=4

Falcons Eyed Ban on “Vick-Dog;” NFL Put Owner on Leash

July 24, 2007

ATLANTA, United States (AFP) – Calling the dogfighting charges against Michael Vick horrific and repulsive, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said on Tuesday he was ready to suspend his star quarterback for four games.

Vick was instead ordered on Monday by National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell not to report to the team’s training camp this Thursday, when he will be arraigned in a Virginia federal court on dogfight scheme charges.

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Michael Vick-Dog; Dead Meat For Practice, Season?

Michael Vick-Dog; Dead Meat For Practice, Season?

July 24, 2007

By GEORGE HENRY, Associated Press

ATLANTA – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has weighed in on Michael Vick’s indictment on dogfighting charges, and as a result the Falcons star was ordered to stay away from training camp until the league reviews the case.

The other men who could determine the future of Vick’s football career — including Falcons owner Arthur Blank — were expected to be speak publicly Tuesday for the first time since the troubled quarterback was indicted.

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“Pet Prowess” in America; Michael Vick to Coach at University of Beijing

Inside The Dog Fighting Underworld

Vick Dogfighting Charges Stir Stinging Reaction

July 20, 2007

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Fallout intensified Friday from NFL star Michael Vick’s indictment on charges linked to dogfighting, a practice that a longtime lawmaker denounced as “barbaric” on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who has addressed lawmakers often about his love for animals, shook with emotion during a forceful condemnation of dogfighting.

“Hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of dollars are often at stake in the breeding, the training and the selling of fighting dogs. How inhuman, how dastardly!” shouted the senator.

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“Pet Prowess” in America; Michael Vick to Coach at University of Beijing

Inside The Dog Fighting Underworld