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
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