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AP: Vick Approved For Home Confinement

Michael Vick has been approved for release to home confinement, possibly in May, a government official told the Associated Press.

The NFL quarterback is serving a 23-month federal prison sentence in Leavenworth, Kan., for his role in a dogfighting operation based at a home that he owned in Virginia.

The AP report has not been independently verified.

Vick's attorneys had indicated in bankruptcy court proceedings that they expected Vick to be transferred to a halfway house in Virginia for the final portion of his prison term.

But according to the AP, there's no bed space available so Vick instead could be released to his Virginia home as soon as May 21. Vick would be on electronic monitoring and would be permitted to leave home only for activities approved by his probation officer, the AP reported.

Vick had been scheduled to be released from prison in July.

He remains on indefinite suspension by the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell would have to rule on Vick's eligibility to play before Vick could resume his NFL career.

Vick remains under contract to the Atlanta Falcons but the team has announced that it intends to try to trade him. Vick possibly could be released by the Falcons, leaving him free to sign with any interested team, if they're unable to trade him.

By Mark Maske  |  February 26, 2009; 12:49 PM ET  | Category:  Crime , Falcons , League Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I Love animals and understand the outrage of people, BUT where is the outrage regarding JAYSON WILLIAMS. Not only did he KILL HIS DOG, because it wasn't vicious enough, HE KILLED A MAN!! And he is still walking around free. Go figure. I only hope that I get to sit on his jury when he is retried. He is a true m-f.

Posted by: nursechris | March 12, 2009 3:14 PM

The government and all major colleges who perform research kill, and torture dogs in their labs on a daily basis. Rescue's and pounds kill thousands of dogs every day. on the flip side Even the general public was given a VICK DOG CHEW TOY and asked folks to feed this human figure to their dog. The media praised this Toy. The hypocrisy is revolting. Let this man go on with his life.

Thinkaboutit

Posted by: JDMASON1 | March 1, 2009 10:23 AM

Obviously you are being sarcastic, but just in case, dog happen to be neediest creatures on earth, next to people. They may never cure cancer or walk on the moon, but they experience pride, shame, low self esteem, happiness, sadness, guilt, jealousy, contentedness, fear, frustration, and hurt feelings, just like people do. Dogs are amazing in how very much they need to know that they are loved and accepted by thier human. It's unprecidented in any other domestic animal.

And remember, these dogs don't just suffer during the fight, they suffer for every moment of their lives, being trained, confined, neglected, and worse.

There are plenty of exhilirating gambling activities that don't involve causing pain and suffering to a living creature. It shouldn't even have to be debated. If you wouldn't trade places with a dog for even 5 minutes, then you can rest assured that they are being treated inhumanely.

Vick is probably not a terrible person, but he is a sick person. Anyone who can watch a dog fight over and over again has been conditioned that toughness and meaness is a necessity. Imagine how he treats his women or his kids. It's not natural for people to be able to tolerate witnessing pain. I would love to see the guy show some remorse for the animals and make amends. He probably needs a little community service at a dog shelter or hang out with Cesar Milan for awhile. My dog would surely melt his heart.

Posted by: letdogsbdogs | February 27, 2009 11:17 PM

And by the way, Vick looks like a mentally retarded man. I pray that he is bankrupt and rots in hell. And comes back as a dog who gets mutilated and killed.....That would be awesome.

Posted by: kim_dubord | February 27, 2009 10:23 PM

TO LILOVETURTLE: This Vick guy is the most disgusting human being on this planet. He deserves to be caged, and tortured, then suffer the worst fate ever. He has taken and abused INNOCENT lives and destroyed them. We, as humans, are not here to EXPLOIT, abuse, torture or detroy God's creatures. Animals do not 'belong' to us to do what we please with. You sound as evil and saddistic as Vick. I hope that man suffers a miserable life, I hope he is eventually caged, and I pray that he ends up in hell.

Posted by: kim_dubord | February 27, 2009 10:16 PM

i don't understand what all the hype is about. its not like he killed a person. As an NFL player you can beat your wife, smoke crack, and shoot people...but GOD FORBID you fight a dog. its all crap. animals were put on Earth to serve US, dogs included, and if we feel like fighting a few for our entertainment or gambling purposes then so be it. its not like they have feelings like people do. right?

Posted by: liloveturtle | February 27, 2009 6:28 PM


this big pansy dude vick is a friggin maggot.

nothing really else to say.

Posted by: DriveByPoster | February 27, 2009 1:46 AM

This is irresponsible journalism! M. Vick is NOT an "NFL quarterback." Wonder if this guy thinks he should be some day. Me -- nah.

Posted by: scatteredseeds | February 26, 2009 11:50 PM

Michael Vick chose to be a public figure and the judge chose to make an example of him because the judge wants to see this happen less. Even if Vick "learned his lesson" which he hasn't but even if he did, he should never be reinstated to the NFL because you don't always get to do what you want when you are being made an example of. If you don't want to risk being made an example of then don't commit felony crimes and crimes against common decency.

Besides, anyone who is sick enough to do what he did is a danger to society and has every capability to inflict pain and suffering on his family and his community. His actions with these dogs is an obvious indication of a much more serious emotional illness. Let him make true amends by geting a whole lotta help and helping more dogs than he hurt before he is given any forgiveness.

Ghandi said it best (and Obama recently paraphrased it) when he said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress will be judged by the way it treats its animals."

And, to the person who said all these dog lovers aren't doing anything, all of the Vick dogs who could be saved were given to those people who you say don't lift a finger. To the tune of over $900,000 of Vicks hard earned money which is justice. Countless amazing people have dedicated their lives to helping dogs live in this society with basic dignity, and there are more rescue organizations with people who lift fingers than you can imagine. Advocates do as much as they possibly can, but the neglect and abuse of animals is so rampant that they can hardly make a dent. It's time for general society to increase the resources available so that the advocates can do more.

Dogs in this society have been forced to give up the vast majority of their natural instincts to be domesticated and be "mans best friend." They are completely dependent on us for their well being. Their needs are simple, and the return is unconditional love and companionship. It's a sad statement of our society that we can't treat our dogs with simple decency. Reinstate Michael Vick when he becomes a spokesperson against dog fighting. I want to see him up on a billboard laying in the grass hugging a bunch of put bulls who are licking his face and a caption that says "Dogs are lovers not fighters". Maybe Vick should turn this around and realize that he has the opportunity to use this incident and its consequences to do something good for people and for dogs rather than worry about himself.

Posted by: letdogsbdogs | February 26, 2009 11:02 PM

Suggest all of you who say "Oh it's just a dog" read the actual Federal indictment to educate yourselves about what Vick actually did -- vile and reprehensible.

Many center-of-the-road people and sports fans believe Vick should never be re-instated into the NFL, myself among them. If Vick wants to truly redeem himself, he can find a job coaching inner city kids. He can help the FBI bust more illegal, unspeakably cruel dog fighting rings. He can go on a media tour and share with the world how he's come to understand how what he did was so very, very wrong -- animal cruelty, running an interstate gambling ring, and violating the codes of his own sports franchise, which he agreed to obey when he signed that contract to play.

But play in the NFL again? Never! There are consequences to our behavior, and as a public figure and athlete, he can and should be held to a higher standard. That's why Goodell was brought in by the franchise owners in the first place -- to bring true standards of sportsmanship back into the game. If you care about football, you really should reflecting more on the long-term importance of honoring the game, rather than your short-term desire to see a felon on the field again.

Posted by: KarenSFe | February 26, 2009 7:28 PM

To: jfalcione
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To haughtily curse someone to "burn in hell," as you have done to this man, reaks of no one other than satan himself, and those whom he embodies.

It just goes to show that misery loves company. How sad and miserable you must be.

Posted by: saveoursouls | February 26, 2009 7:10 PM

http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/1446756,daley-bonds-vick-chicago-gun-control-022409.article

“Michael Vick on dog-fighting. Think of that. There’s only one case in the history of the country of a federal crime [for] dog-fighting. We get dog-fighting cases all the time. They have to go to 26th Street,” Daley said of the case involving the imprisoned Atlanta Falcons quarterback.

Posted by: paulk3 | February 26, 2009 6:07 PM

Jfal...
Really? You think what Vick did is worse than you wishing him to "burn in hell"??? Really!!! Wow Mr. sinless man... I'm so happy you have never needed forgiveness... FYI dogfighting is a misdemeanor in Idaho... It's not really a big deal. Only to those of you who love your dog more than your neighbor. People eat dog and fight them in many countries, they would be confused a man went to prison over it... PETA is terrible only out to profit from Vicks name... They are a disgrace and kill thousands of dogs every year but say hunting animals for food is wrong... Hilarious!!! Go Vick go!!!

Posted by: paulk3 | February 26, 2009 5:45 PM

Jfal...
Really? You think what Vick did is worse than you wishing him to "burn in hell"??? Really!!! Wow Mr. sinless man... I'm so happy you have never needed forgiveness... FYI dogfighting is a misdemeanor in Idaho... It's not really a big deal. Only to those of you who love your dog more than your neighbor. People eat dog and fight them in many countries, they would be confused a man went to prison over it... PETA is terrible only out to profit from Vicks name... They are a disgrace and kill thousands of dogs every year but say hunting animals for food is wrong... Hilarious!!! Go Vick go!!!

Posted by: paulk3 | February 26, 2009 5:38 PM

I will be shocked if Goodell allows convicted felon Vick back in the league. There is only a downside if he does. The NFL doesn't need a convicted dog torturer in the
league. Consider the massive, negative PR
nightmare. The NFL does not need Vick nor will they ever.
Burn in Hell Vick.

Posted by: jfalcione | February 26, 2009 4:44 PM

I've been in court many times and seen people who did the same thing or worse walk free or get by with a slap on their wrists. The torture and killing of dogs is unacceptable, but singling Mr. Vick out for such relatively harsh public embarrassment and punishment was wrong. When he gets out, I hope that he will have the opportunity to return to his career and that he will make a point of doing what he can to make whatever amends are possible. The man who became known as the Apostle Paul began his career killing Christians. It wouldn't be beyond the possible that Michael Vick will end up winning awards someday for inspiring people to act more responsibly toward man's best friend.

Posted by: donhudson1 | February 26, 2009 4:39 PM

Vick served his time and I would not be surprised to see him play next year. Forgive and forget, right? I was actually shocked that he was prosecuted considering all the awful things NFL players do all the time like abusing drugs, gun charges, fights, shootings, abusing women, etc. All sorts of felony charges get dropped to misdemeanors or dismissed all together because they are famous and wealthy and the NFL protects them like a crime syndicate. I own dogs and I love them but the hypocrisy inherent in his punishment is laughable. I wish DAs out there would press charges more often and not hold professional athletes to a different standard.

Posted by: ozpunk | February 26, 2009 3:07 PM

Vick is from the deep south, what more do you need to know?

Posted by: Hillary08 | February 26, 2009 2:48 PM

MHARTZ1 - Congrats Mike Vick? Are you seriously insane? This man should never be allowed on the NFL football field again. He brutally tortured and killed helpless dogs! His time was too short and he is still a thug. Hokie Nation should be ashamed and never pull for him...you are crazy.
Posted by: espemg7 | February 26, 2009 1:56 PM

What Mike Vick did was wrong and I'm glad he was sent to prison. On the flipside I believe he should be able to play in the NFL. Leonard Little is still playing and he killed a person, not a dog. I don't hear anyone complaining about Leonard Little and making a big fuss. He got busted the 1st time and killed a mother. He got busted a 2nd time 6 years later and is still able to play in the NFL today. Where's the public outcry over that? Oh but if he touched a dog it would've been national news.

This is the NFL; he's not attempting to become the President of the United States. I think some of the NFL "fans" take this game to seriously. It's a sport and a barbaric one in fact. So it's wrong to kill dogs, but its okay for us to watch men go on the field and risk paralysis, and dementia with no one making a fuss. Something's wrong with that picture.

I think PETA has gone overboard on this whole issue, but I didn't see PETA or anyone else this upset after Leonard Little killed a person and was able to play in the NFL again. I won't say congrats to Vick, but he has every right to play this sport and risk his health every time he steps onto the field.

Posted by: wizfan81 | February 26, 2009 2:38 PM

Where did all these dog lovers come from?They profess their concern for dogs but never do anything. The state euthanize hundreds of dogs each year and no one lifts a finger. I wasnt a Vick supporter in the past but I am now. He should have just paid a fine, but to go to jail for this is rediculus. Come back Vick and crush these haters. I'm hoping the best for you and your family.

Posted by: wohwinner | February 26, 2009 2:28 PM

On ESPN, after Vick was convicted, there was a town-hall type meeting that included several sports writers. From that meeting you could conclude:
1. It was just dogs.
2. If Vick was white he would never have
went to jail (racist conspiracy).
3. Atlantans are dying for him to come back.
I wonder if that is still true?

Posted by: stu36559 | February 26, 2009 2:26 PM

He didn't personally torture and kill dogs. He did facilitate it and allow it to happen. Kind of like Sarah Palin and the slaughter of wolves from helicopters in Alaska.

Posted by: jonexl | February 26, 2009 2:24 PM

MHARTZ1 - Congrats Mike Vick? Are you seriously insane? This man should never be allowed on the NFL football field again. He brutally tortured and killed helpless dogs! His time was too short and he is still a thug. Hokie Nation should be ashamed and never pull for him...you are crazy.

Posted by: espemg7 | February 26, 2009 1:56 PM

Huh? "what has transpired"? Don't you mean for what HE DID? That's the same double-speak wall streeter use to apologize. They are sorry for the mess we're in, but not taking responsibility.

That said, I think he's learned his lesson and won't do it again. I'm not sure he's learned to respect animals, but I'm sure he doesn't want to get into trouble again. They should let him back in the league.

Posted by: LiberalMike | February 26, 2009 1:41 PM

Congratulations Mike Vick, I hope to see you in a uniform soon...I know you have done your time and feel bad for what has transpired. Good luck at redemption and we will be pulling for you - Hokie Nation!

Posted by: mhartz1 | February 26, 2009 1:26 PM

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