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NFL star Michael Vick leaves prison for home confinement

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — AP source: Suspended NFL star Michael Vick has left Kan. prison for home confinement in Va.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

HANK KURZ JR. AP Sports Writer Modified: May 20, 2009 at 9:29 am •  Published: May 20, 2009
Pacelle said he recently met with Vick at the federal prison in Leavenworth. Vick requested the meeting, one his attorneys, said.

Even if he is reinstated, Vick's future in the league is uncertain. He and the Falcons have parted ways, agreeing to a contract settlement that will allow Vick to sign with another team — if there is one willing to endure the wrath of some fans in exchange for the services of a player who was perhaps the NFL's most electrifying performer.

One certainty is that he will not command the kind of money he once earned. Vick supplemented his 10-year, $130 million Falcons contract with several lucrative endorsements, all lost because of the dogfighting. The minimum salary for a player with Vick's years of experience is $620,000.

Vick's startling fall began in April 2007 when authorities conducting a drug investigation of his cousin raided the former Virginia Tech star's Surry County property and seized dozens of dogs, some injured, and equipment commonly used in dogfighting.

A federal indictment issued about three months later charged Vick and three of his "Bad Newz Kennels" associates with an interstate dogfighting conspiracy. Vick initially denied any involvement, and all four men pleaded innocent. All four eventually admitted their crimes and were sentenced to prison. Vick's sentence was the longest.


Associated Press writers Larry O'Dell in Richmond, Virginia, John Marshall in Leavenworth, Kansas, and AP Sports Writer Fred Goodall in Tampa, Florida, contributed to this report.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.


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