NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A judge rejected Michael Vick’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy on Friday, telling the suspended NFL star to rethink how he’ll pay back his creditors.
The ex-Atlanta Falcons quarterback, who is serving a 23-month prison sentence for bankrolling a dogfighting operation, had outlined a plan during a hearing Friday based on the goal of returning to NFL football. Vick said he’s optimistic about being reinstated after he is released from prison and that he believes he can play professional football for another 10 years.
But Judge Frank Santoro said there is no guarantee the league will have the 28-year-old player back, and suggested he start on a new plan by considering liquidating one or both of his Virginia homes and three cars he had planned to keep. The judge said a documentary deal indicates that Vick is building financial momentum, but the former player currently had too much debt and no proof he could come up with all the money creditors are demanding.
The judge commended Vick for wanting to take charge of his finances by himself, but said it had taken months of accountants, trustees and lawyers working to unravel his assets in the first place.
"No one is good at everything, but the fact, Mr.