Perhaps now this sordid Michael Vick case will come to some degree of closure – for now. SportsTicker is reporting that the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback will learn on Monday at 10:00 EST before United States District Judge Henry Hudson how much prison time he will have to serve for his role in a federal dogfighting operation. Typical Federal guidelines call for Vick to serve between 12 to 18 months in prison; however, Hudson is not bound by those guidelines.
Vick has more to deal with besides the federal charges; charges which relate to the “Bad Newz Kennels” dogfighting operation, which was based on a Virginia property that Vick owned; Vick faces a state trial that is scheduled to commence on April 2, 2008. Since his plea on federal charges, Vick has paid over $900,000 to an escrow fund to care for the dogs involved in the operation. Then there’s the civil matter that’s pending; since Vick’s plea, the Falcons have attempted to recoup around $20 million in bonus money from the 10-year, $130 million contract he signed in 2004. Several endorsement deals have been lost, as well. Suffice it to say, his pro football will be on hold for awhile; as a matter of fact, it wouldn’t exactly be a stretch to venture that Vick’s pro football career is over.