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    ipepsi
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    In Virginia facing state dogfighting charges

    Post by ipepsi on Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:57 pm

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3718304

    Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick placed family pet dogs into a ring and his trained pit bulls "caused major injuries" to the pets at Bad Newz Kennels, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released on Friday.

    The 17-page report, prepared by the USDA's inspector general-investigations division, provided some new details on Vick's participation in Bad Newz Kennels, the dogfighting operation financed by Vick and formed along with his friends Tony Taylor, Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips.

    The report, dated Aug. 28, 2008, says "Vick, Peace and Phillips thought it was funny to watch the pit bull dogs belonging to Bad Newz Kennels injure or kill the other dogs." The report has names and phrases redacted in order to protect the anonymity of certain individuals who cooperated with investigators.
    The report also states in mid-April of 2007, Vick, Peace and Phillips hung approximately three dogs that did not perform well in a "rolling session," which indicates the readiness of a dog to fight. According to the report, the three men hung the dogs "by placing a nylon cord over a 2 X 4 that was nailed to two trees located next to the big shed. They also drowned approximately three dogs by putting the dogs' heads in a five gallon bucket of water."

    Vick, the report says, paid someone whose name was redacted $100 to dig two graves for the dog carcasses. "Based on past circumstances," the report says, "Phillips and Peace did not like [Vick] to do any type of work that could injure him and jeopardize his NFL contract." When the person who dug the graves refused to bury the animals, the report says, Vick, Peace and Phillips buried the dogs themselves.

    Vick is serving a 23 month sentence in a minimum security federal prison camp in Leavenworth, Kan., on a conspiracy charge relating to the interstate dogfighting operation he helped run on a property he owned in Surry County, Virginia. Vick is scheduled to be released on July 20, 2009.

    Vick is currently being held in protective custody at Riverside Regional Jail in Hopewell, Va., until his hearing on Tuesday in Surry County Circuit Court to plead guilty to two state charges related to dogfighting. The state charges -- one count of torturing and killing dogs and one count of promoting dogfighting -- each carry a maximum prison term of five years. But under the terms of his plea agreement, Vick is expected to receive a three-year suspended prison term and a $2,500 fine (which would be suspended if he pays court costs and maintains good behavior for four years).

    By resolving the pending state charges, Vick would qualify to participate in the Federal Bureau of Prisons re-entry program, which could enable him to serve part of the remainder of his federal sentence in a halfway house.

    According to the Bureau of Prisons, in 2007, for inmates who qualified, the average length of their time served at a halfway house was three months.

    Vick, who was once the NFL's highest paid player, has been washing pots and pans for 12 cents an hour, according to Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who has said he's kept in touch with Vick through written correspondence. Blank said Vick also told him he's passing the time and staying in shape by playing quarterback for both sides during prison football games. Vick, 28, is still under contract with the Falcons.

    National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Vick indefinitely without pay on Aug. 24, 2007, and has said he will review the status of Vick's suspension following the conclusion of Vick's legal proceedings.

    Vick's lawyers, the NFL and the Falcons were not immediately available for comment.
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    Re: In Virginia facing state dogfighting charges

    Post by macmini on Sat Nov 22, 2008 2:34 am

    hopefully vick can get back in the nfl soon
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    Re: In Virginia facing state dogfighting charges

    Post by xp on Sat Nov 22, 2008 6:25 pm

    hopefully, i always kinda like vick

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    Re: In Virginia facing state dogfighting charges

    Post by Lois on Sun Nov 23, 2008 6:55 pm

    yeah me too, i hope he will be out soon. i think they were way to harsh on him.
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    Re: In Virginia facing state dogfighting charges

    Post by air on Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:05 pm

    yes, they were very harsh with him. he has lost everything. hopefully he'll have a chance to play football again in the NFL
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    Re: In Virginia facing state dogfighting charges

    Post by ron on Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:34 pm

    yeah, and hey, if mcnabb doesn't go back to philadelphia, vick, i think, has a chance of going there
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    Re: In Virginia facing state dogfighting charges

    Post by mac on Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:57 pm

    not really
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    Re: In Virginia facing state dogfighting charges

    Post by bottle on Sat Nov 29, 2008 8:46 pm

    yeah, probably not, after the the eagles killed the cardinals, but all of the nfl analysts at espn thinks that he will go to dallas, i don't think he'll go there as a backup
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    Re: In Virginia facing state dogfighting charges

    Post by lightspeed on Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:06 am

    he might

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