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Michael 'I kill puppies' Vick

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick faces criminal charges and a possible prison sentence for allegedly participating in an enterprise that trained pit bulls for death matches in which spectators bet on the outcome, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Vick, 27, and three associates were indicted by a federal grand jury in Richmond, Virginia, on a conspiracy count alleging they bought and sponsored dogs in an animal fighting venture and traveled across state lines to participate in illegal activity, including gambling.

According to the indictment, dogs that didn't show enough fighting spirit, or that lost matches, were put to death by a variety of methods, including shooting, drowning, hanging and electrocution. Prosecutors allege that on one occasion earlier this year, Vick participated in killing eight dogs.

A National Football League spokesman said the allegations against Vick would be reviewed under the NFL's personal conduct policy.

"We are disappointed that Michael Vick has put himself in a position where a federal grand jury has returned an indictment against him," said spokesman Brian McCarthy. "We will continue to closely monitor developments in this case and to cooperate with law enforcement authorities."

If convicted of both portions of the conspiracy charge, Vick could face six years in prison and a $350,000 fine, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

No arrest warrants have been issued, and Vick and the other defendants -- Purnell Peace, 35, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Quanis Phillips, 28, of Atlanta, Georgia; and Tony Taylor, 34, of Hampton, Virginia -- have not been taken into custody, said Jim Rybicki, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg.
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A judge is expected to inform Vick and the others of the charges against them Wednesday and make arrangements for them to turn themselves in, Rybicki said.

Vick, a standout at Virginia Tech who was the first player chosen in the 2001 NFL draft, is one of pro football's highest-profile and highest paid players. In 2004, he signed a 10-year, $130 million contract with the Falcons.

The dogfighting investigation began in April, when authorities found 54 pit bulls on property Vick owns in Smithfield, Virginia, about 30 miles west of the Norfolk area where he grew up.

There was no immediate comment from Vick on the indictment. He had previously said that while he had a kennel operation on the property, he had no involvement in, or knowledge of, a dogfighting ring.

But the indictment issued Tuesday charges Vick was intimately involved in the operation, known as "Bad Newz Kennels," and that he bought the Smithfield property for $34,000 for the purpose of going into business with Peace, Phillips and Taylor.

Between 2001 and April 2007, Vick and his associates bought and trained pit bulls and hosted dogfights at the property, and dogs were also taken to locations in at least six other states to participate in fights, prosecutors said.

The owners of the winning dogs collected purses that ran into the thousands of dollars, and spectators also placed side bets on the outcome, prosecutors said. After one of the "Bad Newz" dogs lost a fight in March 2003, Vick personally paid $23,000 to the winning dog's owner, who is now a cooperating witness for the prosecution, the indictment said.

According to the indictment, an unidentified associate from Bad Newz Kennels admonished another participant at a dogfight who yelled out Vick's name during an event in the fall of 2003 -- a participant who is also now cooperating with prosecutors.

The indictment also alleges that Vick and his associates "rolled" some of their dogs -- testing them in short fights to determine how well they might fight. Dogs that failed the test were killed, prosecutors said.

While most of the dog killings noted in the indictment were allegedly carried out by the other defendants, Vick himself participated in the killings of eight dogs in April, according to the indictment. The animals were killed "by various methods, including hanging, drowning and slamming at least one dog's body to the ground," the indictment said.
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Re: Michael 'I kill puppies' Vick

Nike suspended the realease of his new shoes
and he is pretty much screwed, which means he will play the race card any day now and Al Sharpton will be right next to him

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I know I was happy to see Nike do that. Nike normally sticks right with people.

Right now he's playing the I didn't know what was going on card.

We'll see. This is serious stuff that is getting a lot of press. It will be good to see what the NFL, or his team does.
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I know I was happy to see Nike do that. Nike normally sticks right with people.

Right now he's playing the I didn't know what was going on card.

We'll see. This is serious stuff that is getting a lot of press. It will be good to see what the NFL, or his team does.
NFL or the team wont do anything until July 26, the day he goes to court to say guilty or not guilty.

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Nike suspended the realease of his new shoes
and he is pretty much screwed, which means he will play the race card any day now and Al Sharpton will be right next to him
I thought Nike was still going to release the shoes? Well I am glad that decided to suspend them.
Actually you'll be suprised to know that Sharpton has come out and said that cruelty to animals of any kind is unacceptable, or something along those lines. This is really a terrible thing, and it would not suprise me if he is suspended by the league.

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Sports star always seem to get out of these situations, like during 1999 Superbowl, Ray Lewis (back than was best defensive player in NFL) stabbed 2 people and blamed it on friends and got nothing.

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Sports star always seem to get out of these situations, like during 1999 Superbowl, Ray Lewis (back than was best defensive player in NFL) stabbed 2 people and blamed it on friends and got nothing.
This is what Vick is doing.

He apparently wasn't near his house didn't know what was going on and people were taking advantage of him
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I saw this on the news.

Go fuck yourself Vick. I would love for a bunch of mad pit bulls to rip him to shreads

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I saw this on the news.

Go fuck yourself Vick. I would love for a bunch of mad pit bulls to rip him to shreads
i would love for him to go to jail for 6 years.

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i would love for him to go to jail for 6 years.
How about this, first he gets ripped apart and then he spends 6 years in jail.

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Sports star always seem to get out of these situations, like during 1999 Superbowl, Ray Lewis (back than was best defensive player in NFL) stabbed 2 people and blamed it on friends and got nothing.
Yes, I remember the Ray Lewis case. But you've forgotten about OJ. He got away with murder, and everyone knows he did it. I still cant believe he got off.

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This is what Vick is doing.

He apparently wasn't near his house didn't know what was going on and people were taking advantage of him
I'm not buying any of that. He did what he did and should have to pay for it accordingly. Its not like Vick is a classy character either; he flipped off some fans last year, the maurajana water bottle incident, and now this.

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I hope he goes to jail for as long as he can.

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