Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Vick leaves federal penitentiary for Va.
RICHMOND, Va. - Suspended NFL star Michael Vick left a Kansas prison before dawn Wednesday to begin home confinement in Virginia, one of his attorneys said, the latest step on a journey that Vick hopes will lead to his reinstatement.
So where does Michael Vick get reinstated? Is he worht the risk and is he going to make the serious salary like before or will he be paid just above league minimum?
Vick, who turns 29 in June, slipped past waiting cameras and reporters undetected to leave a federal penitentiary in Leavenworth after serving 19 months for financing a dogfighting ring. He was headed to Virginia by car to begin two months of home confinement at his five-bedroom house in Hampton before a scheduled release from federal custody July 20.
House arrest at a his home in Virginia...Give me a break! I guess when you got the money and people still are talking about you this could be the outcome. Let the average man get busted for doing some thing like this and see if he gets to live a lap of luxury!
He was accompanied by his fiance, Kijafa Frink, and they were traveling back to Virginia with several members of a security team arranged for by Vick’s team of lawyers and advisers, a person familiar with the plans told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to comment on the matter.
Baby mom came to pick him up when he got released! I wonder if she put money on his books and is there a limit in how much money she can put on his books! I think 250K is a little bit much!
The traveling party also includes a videographer recording the journey, the person said, although what Vick plans to do with the footage has not been announced.
The drive from Leavenworth to Hampton is expected to take about 19 hours. “It’s a happy day for him to be starting this part of the process,” Larry Woodward, Vick’s Virginia-based attorney, said. “He looks forward to meeting the challenges he has to meet.”
I also heard that he already made a stop at an airport hotel with his security team and also with his baby momma! He probably needed to wax some azz before he got too far away! I'm not mad at the man for that one!!!
Vick’s release was first reported by The Daily Press of Newport News, Vick’s hometown.
Ultimately, Vick’s goal is to rehabilitate his image and return to the NFL, but Woodward said his first priority “is spending time with his children and his loved ones.”
He needs to get involved with dog rehab to if he wants to get back in good graces with his fans!
Vick has much work to do to get back into some semblance of playing condition after spending two years out of the game, but his agent, Joel Segal, said his career won’t be Vick’s immediate focus. “Football is on the back-burner for now,” he said.
Commissioner Roger Goodell, who suspended Vick indefinitely in August 2007, reiterated Wednesday he will review Vick’s status after his criminal case is concluded. He has said Vick will have to persuade him and the public that he is genuinely sorry for his crime, has been changed by his experience and that he’s committed to leading a different life.
He is going to have to do some real impressing if he wants a shot at getting back into the NFL! Commissioner Goodell is not going to be easy on him either, I hope he can hold up his end of the deal!
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Wednesday that Vick has paid his debt to society and merits a second chance. Blank said that second chance won’t come with the Falcons. Blank said the quarterback is taking positive steps by wanting to work with humane societies and making other changes in his life.
“We’ve made it clear Michael’s not going to play for us again, as you know,” Blank said. “Right now his salary is being tolled so it has no effect on our cap, beyond the allocation of signing bonus which happens under any circumstances. So we’ll deal with it at the time we think is correct.”
Vick, once the NFL’s highest-paid player, is scheduled to report to a probation officer Friday in Norfolk, Woodward said.
He will be allowed to leave home to work a $10-an-hour job as a laborer for a construction company and for other limited purposes approved by his probation officer. He will serve three years of probation after his home confinement ends.
The Humane Society of the United States said Tuesday that Vick met its president recently in prison and wants to work on a program aimed at eradicating dogfighting among urban teens.