Vick freed today

Monday, July 20, 2009 8:00 AM
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HAMPTON, Va. — Suspended NFL star Michael Vick's federal dogfighting sentence ended today, freeing him to lobby for a return to the field.

Vick's attorney, Lawrence Woodward, told The Associated Press outside Vick's suburban Virginia home that the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback had been released from federal custody as scheduled. That means Vick no longer has to wear the electronic monitor he's had on while under home confinement for the last two months of his 23-month sentence.

Shortly before Woodward came out of the house, two men in a government car with a federal Bureau of Prisons folder on the dashboard paid a brief visit to the home. They carried a large case similar to the one that Vick's ankle monitor was delivered in when he started home confinement. The men declined to identify themselves or speak to waiting reporters.

Freedom will allow Vick to step up his efforts to resume his pro football career. Vick hopes to soon meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who has said he would review Vick's status after Vick completed his sentence.

Goodell has said he wants to sit down with Vick, but it's unclear when that face-to-face meeting will take place.

"The review of his status is ongoing," league spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday. "There are no further details and no timetable."

If Vick is able to return to the NFL, it won't be with Atlanta. The Falcons released Vick in June.

"Michael did an egregious thing," Goodell told The Associated Press in April. "He has paid a very significant price for that."

He said people are forgiving when someone who has done wrong shows remorse and is prepared to live a different life.

"That's something he has to prove to myself and the general public," Goodell said.

Vick, 29, did not initially show enough remorse to satisfy U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson. Vick apologized in court in 2007, but Hudson denied him an "acceptance of responsibility" credit that could have reduced his sentence. He sentenced Vick to 23 months in prison — more than any of Vick's three co-defendants.

Under the federal truth-in-sentencing law, Vick had to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence. He served the first 18 months in the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., before being transferred to home confinement in May.

While on home confinement, Vick — once the NFL's highest-paid player — worked a $10-an-hour construction job for a few weeks. He switched jobs last month, assisting in children's health and fitness programs at the Boys and Girls Clubs.

Vick will remain on probation for three years. He also is under a three-year suspended sentence for a state dogfighting conviction.

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UPSETMANIA 07/20/09 - 08:18 am
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What a waste of talent. Mike

What a waste of talent. Mike did his time. He lost a bunch of money and respect. I hope the commissioner gives him a second chance to prove himself worthy of playing in the NFL again. Mike was a great player, and if he is reinstated, maybe another NFL team will give him a chance to redeem himself.

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patriciathomas 07/20/09 - 08:29 am
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I agree. What a wonderful

I agree. What a wonderful talent. It's a shame his focus was always on himself. Maybe he's learned a little humility. He'll be a better player and a better man if he has.

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brd27 07/20/09 - 08:44 am
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He wasn't THAT great... and

He wasn't THAT great... and what he did was horrible!! He will make a great CFL running back!!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/20/09 - 09:11 am
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The Oakland Raiders will take

The Oakland Raiders will take him.

jack
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jack 07/20/09 - 09:33 am
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RM1, the Raider4s will take

RM1, the Raider4s will take anyone.

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 07/20/09 - 09:54 am
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someone will take him.... but

someone will take him.... but he is a bastard for what he did!!..

cash bail
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cash bail 07/20/09 - 10:22 am
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Aren't you a little to harsh

Aren't you a little to harsh LadyCisback. Why call the man names? His name is Michael Vick and he is not a bastard. What will you call a darn dog when he bites and chew a dang child? What he did was wrong but dammit he has done his time and now lets move on. What he did does not compare to other crimes that are being committed to HUMANS. Girl or Guy get a freaking life.

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GACopperhead 07/20/09 - 01:16 pm
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cash bail, I agree with the

cash bail, I agree with the priciples that you refer to, but it's my opinion that someone who would allow, participate in and promote dog fighting has a serious psychological problem. He is anti-social and narcissistic. He will not change. My dog is a prt of my family, and gives something more like unconditional love than any human being has ever shown to me. If I ever catch someone abusing my dog, it will be his last moment on this earth, consequences be damned. That is exactly what I will do for my family or friends.

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D.B. 07/20/09 - 02:27 pm
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narcissistic i don't think so

narcissistic i don't think so u guys are not morallly correct.there are programs on tv daily that kill animals. deer hunting is a sport its on tv!!! u guys kill deer for a sport and love it.that deer is no way any different than that dog.the way m. vick treated dogs was not right,and the way deers are shot and kill on tv isnt' either.u cannot pick and choose what yall think is right

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