Thursday, November 29, 2007

Michael Vick Does Something Right For A Change

Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has agreed to set aside close to $1 million to pay for the care of the 54 pit bulls seized from his dogfighting operation. The exact amount is $928,073 (where did they come up with a number as specific as that?) The money is being set aside "to pay whatever restitution amount is ultimately ordered in this case," a court filing said, according to the Journal-Constitution.

Now what's the latest on the status of Vick? According to ESPN:

Vick faces a prison term of up to five years when he is sentenced Dec. 10 on a federal dogfighting conspiracy conviction. He voluntarily began serving his prison term on Nov. 19 in Warsaw, Va.

The pit bulls were confiscated from his Bad Newz Kennels property in Surry County.

On Tuesday, a judge scheduled for April 2 a jury trial on state dogfighting charges.

The dogfighting operation known as Bad Newz Kennels operated since 2001 on Vick's 15-acre spread in Surry County. A drug investigation of a Vick relative led authorities to the property, where they found more than 50 pit bulls and equipment commonly used in dogfighting.

Imagine that. This has been going on since 2001. Think of all the times you saw Vick scrambling on the field and had no idea behind closed doors he was performing illegal acts of violence for 6 years. Kinda makes me wonder what goes on in the personal lives of other athletes I watch on TV. Then again, thinking that every athlete has the potential to be doing something illegal would just drive one crazy.

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