Good Behavior Potentially Could Reduce Vick's Prison Stay By About Three Months

Federal rules governing good behavior could reduce the 23-month prison term given today to suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick by about three months.

That could result in Vick being released in the summer of 2009, and perhaps could allow him to attempt to play in the 2009 NFL season if the league reinstates him. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Vick indefinitely after Vick entered his guilty plea in his federal case, and a league source said today that the sport's leaders haven't decided how they will proceed in determining the length of Vick's suspension. Sources have said in the past that Goodell almost certainly would have a face-to-face meeting with Vick before making a decision.

There also are pending state charges against Vick.

An NFL spokesman said the league would have no comment today.

"Michael Vick's federal prison sentencing today is another step in his legal journey," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a written statement released by the team. "This is a difficult day for Michael's family and for a lot of us, including many of our players and fans who have been emotionally invested in Michael over the years.

"We sincerely hope that Michael will use this time to continue to focus his efforts on making positive changes in his life, and we wish him well in that regard."

By Mark Maske |  December 10, 2007; 2:05 PM ET  | Category:  Falcons , League
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This is among the lightest sentences ever handed down for a dog fighter like Vick. In the past few years, dog fighters who fought similar numbers of dogs -- like David Tant of SC -- have received sentences of 30, 40, and even 102 years. Anyone who says the sentence is too harsh or that there is racism here needs a reality check.

Posted by: Danilo | December 10, 2007 2:17 PM

This just in...

Judge Belichek has given Michael Vick the death penalty. When asked if he was being excessive by exceeding the prosecutor's recommendation, Judge Belichek replied "Just sentencing, just sentencing..."

Posted by: Anonymous | December 10, 2007 3:42 PM

So long Vick, don't drop the soap you scumbag

Posted by: Ron Mexico | December 10, 2007 4:12 PM

David Tant's 30 year sentence include 10 years for assault and battery against a human being, resulting from injuries a surveyor suffered when wounded by a booby-trap Tant rigged to protect his operation.

Whether or not there's racial bias in these individual prosecutions, there's most certainly racial or at least class bias at work in the fact that any American could face a longer prison term for dogfighting than for, say, killing a Mexican during a drug deal.

Back in the good old days of child labor and other vicious forms of exploitation of the class which had nothing to offer the marketplace but its labor, it was common for the idle wives of the wealthy to busy themselves with animal rights causes.

Posted by: Doug | December 10, 2007 4:15 PM

Of course he received a longer sentence. His "dawgs" rolled on him. What a piece of work!

Posted by: Arf | December 10, 2007 4:32 PM

Plenty of time to make a sequel to the sequel of "The Longest Yard".

Posted by: Giants Fan | December 10, 2007 8:14 PM

This is a ridiculous sentence for dog fighting. It's amazing that kicker boxers can get in a caged ring and beat the hell of each other and it is characterized as a sport; not to mention the deer hunters who shoot deer for sport. Although, I think that Michael Vick is an idiot for some of the things that he's done in his life, I totally disagree with 23 months for dog fighting, especially when hard core criminal receive probation and dismissals (on a daily basis) for heinous crimes committed in America. This is another example of prosecutors and judges making name for their selves on the backs of black males.

Posted by: Doug | December 10, 2007 11:12 PM

What a horrendous miscarriage of justice it is to send homeboy Michael Vick up the river for nearly two years for brutally torturing and killing domestic animals! Especially these days when old ladies get suspended citations for jaywalking on Sunday mornings!

How can you not think that the American jurisprudence system is biased against bloodthirsty, lying brutes when someone like Vick gets nearly two years for killing defenseless animals while old women in scarves and with varicose veins are let off with not even a hand slap?

Why, simply because these old ladies are allowed to run amok on their way to Mass, Michael Vick and all like him should be allowed--nay, encouraged!--to slaughter dogs, cats, parakeets, elephants, and reindeer to fulfill their perverse psycho-sexual control fantasies.

And if you don't agree with me, you are probably just a white-baiting racist!

Blah blah blah.

Posted by: MJ | December 11, 2007 12:05 AM

Judge not, lest ye be judged. Here again another young man be he black or white has ended up in jail because of bad judgement and lack of thought for his actions. I have read comments that are personal attacks against Micheal Vick. Yes,it's true that he bought this upon himself and now he is willing to walk the walk of humility and pay society for his crime. But those of you out there want to attack and attack from a personal standpoint.Oh! ye who live in glass houses and throw stones. What does Peta and the rest of you have to say and would say about those who are involed in sexual misconduct with their dogs. You know who you are. You may continue to hide behind that cloak and do what you do,but at the same time you are blinded by it for you see not that the cloak you hide behind is just as transparent as you are. Yet you still throw stones. How sad

Posted by: Charles | December 11, 2007 6:09 AM

Charles sounds kind of kinky!

Posted by: Arf | December 11, 2007 7:57 PM

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