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Michael Vick indicted for Dog Fighting - July 18, 2007, 08:40 AM

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick faces criminal charges and a possible prison sentence for allegedly participating in an enterprise that trained pit bulls for death matches in which spectators bet on the outcome, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Authorities search property in Smithfield, Virginia, owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick.

Vick, 27, and three associates were indicted by a federal grand jury in Richmond, Virginia, on a conspiracy count alleging they bought and sponsored dogs in an animal fighting venture and traveled across state lines to participate in illegal activity, including gambling.


According to the indictment, dogs that didn't show enough fighting spirit, or that lost matches, were put to death by a variety of methods, including shooting, drowning, hanging and electrocution. Prosecutors allege that on one occasion earlier this year, Vick participated in killing eight dogs.
A National Football League spokesman said the allegations against Vick would be reviewed under the NFL's personal conduct policy.


"We are disappointed that Michael Vick has put himself in a position where a federal grand jury has returned an indictment against him," said spokesman Brian McCarthy. "We will continue to closely monitor developments in this case and to cooperate with law enforcement authorities."


If convicted of both portions of the conspiracy charge, Vick could face six years in prison and a $350,000 fine, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.


No arrest warrants have been issued, and Vick and the other defendants -- Purnell Peace, 35, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Quanis Phillips, 28, of Atlanta, Georgia; and Tony Taylor, 34, of Hampton, Virginia -- have not been taken into custody, said Jim Rybicki, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg.


A judge is expected to inform Vick and the others of the charges against them Wednesday and make arrangements for them to turn themselves in, Rybicki said.


Vick, a standout at Virginia Tech who was the first player chosen in the 2001 NFL draft, is one of pro football's highest-profile and highest paid players. In 2004, he signed a 10-year, $130 million contract with the Falcons.


The dogfighting investigation began in April, when authorities found 54 pit bulls on property Vick owns in Smithfield, Virginia, about 30 miles west of the Norfolk area where he grew up.


There was no immediate comment from Vick on the indictment. He had previously said that while he had a kennel operation on the property, he had no involvement in, or knowledge of, a dogfighting ring.


But the indictment issued Tuesday charges Vick was intimately involved in the operation, known as "Bad Newz Kennels," and that he bought the Smithfield property for $34,000 for the purpose of going into business with Peace, Phillips and Taylor.


Between 2001 and April 2007, Vick and his associates bought and trained pit bulls and hosted dogfights at the property, and dogs were also taken to locations in at least six other states to participate in fights, prosecutors said.


The owners of the winning dogs collected purses that ran into the thousands of dollars, and spectators also placed side bets on the outcome, prosecutors said. After one of the "Bad Newz" dogs lost a fight in March 2003, Vick personally paid $23,000 to the winning dog's owner, who is now a cooperating witness for the prosecution, the indictment said.
According to the indictment, an unidentified associate from Bad Newz Kennels admonished another participant at a dogfight who yelled out Vick's name during an event in the fall of 2003 -- a participant who is also now cooperating with prosecutors.


The indictment also alleges that Vick and his associates "rolled" some of their dogs -- testing them in short fights to determine how well they might fight. Dogs that failed the test were killed, prosecutors said.

While most of the dog killings noted in the indictment were allegedly carried out by the other defendants, Vick himself participated in the killings of eight dogs in April, according to the indictment. The animals were killed "by various methods, including hanging, drowning and slamming at least one dog's body to the ground," the indictment said


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July 18, 2007, 08:42 AM

We all know his brother was a moron...and now this?

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What a freaking moron!!!! All that talent as a QB and he still needs to screw his life up with stupidity.


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It just amazes me that someone with that good of a thing going life and careerwise would throw it all away doing illegal shit. Wonder what job skills he has that he will fall onto after he gets out of federal jail in 7 years.

It's like the senior college players that have bright futures and blow it all by doing stupid shit in college like stealing car stereos.


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They should do to him what he did to those eight dogs. IMHO.


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he should have just stuck to cock fighting...and heard he still is the herpes champ.


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It just amazes me that someone with that good of a thing going life and careerwise would throw it all away doing illegal shit. Wonder what job skills he has that he will fall onto after he gets out of federal jail in 7 years.

It's like the senior college players that have bright futures and blow it all by doing stupid shit in college like stealing car stereos.

And if you remember he dropped out of school in his senior year to enter the draft so he doesn't even have a degree to fall back on. I understand the whole "getting injured" risk as a major reason for quitting school and entering the NFL, but what the hell do you do now? Marcus is a complete idiot in my opinion. He had everything handed to him and he threw it all away. I was at Tech for both the Vick brothers and they were god's gift to Blacksburg. Beamer thought they could do no wrong and the team suffered from their stupidity. Pretty much any football player got away with everything at Tech; I had a bunch of classes with players and I think they showed up 20% of the time. The teachers and students bow down to them and they pretty much breeze through school. But whatever, I've got the degree and if my pro slacker career ends I will have something to fall back on.
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And if you remember he dropped out of school in his senior year to enter the draft so he doesn't even have a degree to fall back on.
Fall Back on??? He's banked double digit millions... he doesn't need a paying job.

This is headed for a plea...fine and community service...the other guys will do time. Vick may see a suspension for conduct and will be a released by the Falcons after some time. Enter the journeyman phase..he will end up in Oakland..pick up some drug and gun charges on the way and be retired before we know it. He'll buy a chain of auto dealerships...He will not be working 9-5 anywhere...anytime. Classic story.


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They should do to him what he did to those eight dogs. IMHO.
Agreed.

If he is convicted, i hope he spends a long, long time in jail.

Reading some of the other articles makes me so angry that anyone could do those things to something living.


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It's the dumb criminals who usually get caught. He should invest his $130 mil in some privacy glass and anonymity next time. Dumbass.

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In late May, two federal law enforcement officials told ESPN.com they believed there was sufficient evidence to eventually indict Vick, but they were less certain of mounting a successful prosecution. There is a reason, however, that the feds own a conviction rate of better than 95 percent. The government typically doesn't indict unless it knows it can probably convict, and that should be unsettling news for the Falcons and their quarterback.
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