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    Aug. 3, 2004 wire reports

    BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick was suspended from the university for the 2004 season because of his run-ins with the law.


    Virginia Tech officials said Tuesday they took the action because of Vick's convictions in May on three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after he and two teammates gave alcohol to 14- and 15-year-old girls at the players' apartment. Vick, the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback and former Hokies star Michael Vick, was acquitted of a charge of having sex with one of the girls and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $2,250.

    The suspension also was based on reckless driving and marijuana possession charges filed against Vick last month after an early morning traffic stop on Interstate 64 in New Kent Kent County. The 20-year-old player faced trial on those charges Tuesday.

    He was clocked on radar at 86 mph, 21 mph above the speed limit, state police said. The traffic stop led to the marijuana possession charge.

    Re-admittance to the university is contingent on Vick's successful completion of a drug education and counseling program.

    Athletic director Jim Weaver said he told Vick any further criminal, athletic or university violations will result in Vick's permanent dismissal from Virginia Tech sports.

    The suspension "is a stiff penalty," Virginia Tech president Charles Steger said. "Vick won't play this year and loses that year of eligibility. If there is any more trouble, his Virginia Tech career is effectively ended."

    Weaver added: "This action also gives Marcus a chance to right himself. Fundamentally, he's a good person and we want to see him succeed."

    Vick, a redshirt sophomore, was expected to challenge senior Bryan Randall for the quarterback's job this season after the two essentially shared the job last season.

    In the Montgomery County case, tailback Mike Imoh, 19, was sentenced to 10 days in jail and fined $750. Wide receiver Brenden Hill, 19, was sentenced to 20 days in jail and fined $1,500. Imoh and Hill were suspended for three games.

    Vick and his teammates are appealing their convictions to Montgomery County Circuit Court.

    Vick also was suspended for one game last season for a violation of team policy. He had been placed on indefinite suspension one month ago.

    The Associated Press News Service

    Copyright 2004, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved

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  • Nick
    Tech suspends Vick after Saturday arrest
    by Nick
    Tech suspends Vick after Saturday arrest
    Newport News (Va.) Daily Press

    (KRT) - Quarterback Marcus Vick was suspended from the football team indefinitely Tuesday by Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver after Vick was arrested and charged Saturday with reckless driving and possession of marijuana.

    Vick, a Warwick High graduate, was traveling alone about 2:30 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 64 West, about 20 minutes from Richmond. A Virginia State Police trooper pulled him over for going 88 mph in a 65-mph zone. A search revealed Vick was carrying two bags of marijuana, State Police spokesman Gary Payne said.

    Vick, 20, was released from police custody on a summons. He is scheduled to appear at 10:30 a.m. July 27 in New Kent County General District Court. The maximum penalties for the misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and possession of marijuana are 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine. Marc Long, Vick's lawyer, did not return phone calls Tuesday.

    Saturday marked the second time in six months that Vick has been in trouble with the law. He and teammates Brenden Hill and Mike Imoh were found guilty in bench trials in May of three counts each of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Vick was sentenced to 30 days in jail and a $2,250 fine. Hill, a former Warwick High player, was sentenced to 20 days in jail and a $1,500 fine, and Imoh was sentenced to 10 days in jail and a $750 fine. The players have appealed the verdicts and are seeking new trials.

    Tuesday's action marked an about-face by Tech's athletic department. After the convictions in May, Weaver said he would discipline the three players, but wouldn't say what the penalties would be other than that they would be apparent once the season started.

    On Tuesday, Weaver said the three players would be suspended for three games as a result of the May convictions. A statement issued minutes later by Tech's athletic department said Vick had been suspended indefinitely as a result of Saturday's arrest.

    Weaver did not return phone calls Tuesday but did issue a statement:

    ``I remain deeply concerned by the situation involving our three student-athletes. I remain concerned with the known behavior regardless of the judicial disposition. All of us in the athletics department believe behavior above reproach should be the norm for Virginia Tech student-athletes.

    ''I believe that the actions this past winter of Mike Imoh, Brenden Hill and Marcus Vick were inappropriate and contrary to the values of our university and sports communities, and should warrant sanction. Although these matters are on appeal in the criminal courts, I am moving forward in the best interests of all concerned with disciplinary action.``

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  • DJRamFan
    Suspension over, appreciative Vick rejoins Hokies
    by DJRamFan
    Jan. 17, 2005 wire reports

    BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick was cleared Monday to rejoin the team after being suspended this season because of a night of drinking with underage girls.

    The younger brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick joined his teammates for a meeting, re-enrolled at the university and started classes. The university and head coach Frank Beamer cleared the 20-year-old to return to all football-related activities after being suspended for the fall semester.

    Marcus Vick was arrested in February 2004, along with teammates Mike Imoh and Brenden Hill, after an encounter with 14- and 15-year-old girls at the quarterback's apartment in Blacksburg. Vick avoided jail by pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge.

    Vick also pleaded guilty to reckless driving and no contest to marijuana possession after a traffic stop last summer.

    "I'm excited to be back -- I missed this place," Vick said in a statement. "I know that I hurt a lot of people who only want to see me succeed. I'd like to try to make that up to them. I'm appreciative to the university and Coach Beamer for giving me this opportunity. Now I'm ready to put the past behind me and concentrate on the future."

    The Associated Press News Service

    Copyright 2004-2005, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved
    -01-18-2005, 05:01 PM
  • Rambos
    Vick blames family for neglected dogs at Virginia homeAssociated Press
    by Rambos
    Vick blames family for neglected dogs at Virginia homeAssociated Press

    ATLANTA -- Michael Vick blamed family members for taking advantage of his generosity after a police raid found evidence of dog fighting at property he owns in Virginia.

    An animal rights group scoffed at that explanation, saying it's long suspected the Atlanta Falcons quarterback was involved in the fight-to-the-death activity.


    Embroiled in another embarrassing -- and perhaps criminal -- situation, Vick traveled to New York on Friday to take part in activities leading up to the NFL draft.

    Appearing at a news conference to announce his participation in the NFL Quarterback Challenge, Vick described himself as an unwitting victim of relatives living on his property in Smithfield, Va.

    "I'm never at the house," Vick said, according to "I left the house with my family members and my cousin. They just haven't been doing the right thing."

    Police conducting a drug investigation raided the Vick-owned house and found dozens of dogs, some injured and emaciated. Investigators also discovered items associated with dog fighting.

    Vick claimed he knew nothing about it.

    "It's unfortunate I have to take the heat," he said. "If I'm not there, I don't know what's going on. It's a call for me to really tighten down on who I'm trying to take care of. When it all boils down, people will try to take advantage of you and leave you out to dry. Lesson learned for me."

    John Goodwin, who handles dog-fighting issues for The Humane Society of America, was skeptical that Vick was unaware of such a large operation -- especially when police were led to the property as part of a drug investigation after arresting the quarterback's 26-year-old cousin, Davon Boddie.

    Goodwin said authorities found 66 dogs on the property, mostly pit bulls who appeared to be involved in organized fighting. He estimated it would cost up to $100 a day just to feed that number of animals, not to mention other hefty expenses.

    "Who's paying to feed all those dogs?" Goodwin asked. "Who has the money to feed 66 pit bulls that's in some way, shape or form related to that property?"

    He said The Humane Society has heard for several years that Vick was personally involved in the brutal, clandestine activity, which is banned nationwide and a felony in 48 states, including Virginia and Georgia. A conviction in Virginia carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

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  • LA Rammer
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    by LA Rammer
    According to yahoo sports Vick could possibly play in 2009.

    Vick leaves Virginia to serve prison term in Kansas
    By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press Writer
    January 7, 2008

    The front gate of the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., is pictured Monday, Jan. 7, 2008. Michael Vick left Virginia on Monday jan. 8, 2008 and was transferred to a Kansas prison to serve the rest of his 23-month sentence on a federal dogfighting charge. The suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback is at the federal prison camp in Leavenworth, Kan., said Traci Billingsley, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
    AP - Jan 7, 4:43 pm EST
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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Michael Vick left Virginia on Monday to enter a drug treatment program at a Kansas prison, a move that could reduce the former NFL star's 23-month sentence on a federal dogfighting conviction.

    The suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback is now at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons minimum security facility in Leavenworth, his attorney, Billy Martin, said.

    "Mr. Vick hopes to participate in programs offered at that facility, including the Bureau of Prisons drug treatment program," Martin said in a statement.

    Vick tested positive for marijuana in September while he was on supervised release following his guilty plea. The residential drug treatment programs at Bureau of Prisons institutions take place in units set apart from the general prison population, lasting at least 500 hours over six to 12 months, according to Bureau of Prisons policy.

    Upon successful completion of the program, nonviolent offenders may be granted up to one year of early release. Staff members review the inmates' records and behavior to determine if they are eligible for early release.

    If Vick was granted early release, he could be ready to play in the 2009 football season, though he is currently suspended without pay by the NFL.

    "Mr. Vick looks forward to being reunited with his family upon completion of his sentence," Martin said. "He is hopeful that following his release he will have the opportunity to resume his career as a professional football player."

    Vick was accompanied by U.S. marshals when he left the Northern Neck Regional Jail on Monday morning, said Maj. Ted Hull of the Warsaw, Va., jail.

    Yahoo! Sports first reported Friday that Vick planned to enter a drug treatment program at Leavenworth.

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  • r8rh8rmike
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    RICHMOND, Va. -- Michael Vick is now likely one misstep from jail.

    The disgraced Atlanta Falcons quarterback tested positive for marijuana earlier this month, a violation of the conditions of his release as he awaits sentencing in federal court on a dogfighting charge that already jeopardizes his freedom and career.

    Now, he's incurred the ire of the judge who could sentence him to up to five years in prison in the dogfighting case. On the day of Vick's guilty plea, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson warned that he wouldn't be amused by any additional trouble.

    Hudson, who will sentence Vick on Dec. 10, on Wednesday ordered him confined to his Virginia home between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. with electronic monitoring. He also must submit to random drug testing.

    If Vick fails another drug test, he likely will wind up like co-defendant Quanis Phillips -- incarcerated since his Aug. 17 plea hearing. Phillips failed a drug test when he had the electronic monitoring and random drug testing requirements.

    Vick's positive urine sample was submitted Sept. 13, according to a document by a federal probation officer that was filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

    Because Vick violated the conditions of his release, Hudson could take that into consideration during sentencing, said Linda Malone, a criminal procedure expert and Marshall-Wythe Foundation professor of law at the College of William and Mary.

    "Every judge considers pretty seriously if they feel that the defendant has flaunted the conditions for release," she said.

    "It's certainly not a smart thing to do."

    Especially not when his behavior is being watched so closely, not only by the court that allowed him to remain free, but by the public whose forgiveness he's seeking.

    In Atlanta, Vick's one-time teammates tried to distance themselves from his latest troubles.

    "That's the last thing I'm worried about," linebacker Keith Brooking said at the Falcons' suburban practice facility. "We're 0-3. We're trying to get a win."

    Safety Lawyer Milloy agreed.

    "I just want to play ball," he said. "I'm so tired of talking about everything else, stuff we can't control that has nothing to do with us."

    The failed drug test is just the latest legal trouble for the 27-year-old Vick.

    On Tuesday, Vick was indicted on state charges of beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs and engaging in or promoting dogfighting. Each felony is punishable by up to five years in prison. His arraignment on that is set for Oct. 3.

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    -09-26-2007, 08:26 PM