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Ruling says Falcons entitled to nearly $20M

jesse's mommy
October 9th, 2007, 06:34 PM
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons are entitled to recover nearly $20 million in bonus money paid to disgraced quarterback Michael Vick, an arbitrator ruled Tuesday. The players' union vowed to appeal.

Stephen B. Burbank, the University of Pennsylvania law professor and special master who led last week's arbitration hearing, sided with the team after hearing from Falcons president and general manager Rich McKay and attorneys from the NFL Players Association, which represented Vick.
The Falcons argued that Vick, who pleaded guilty to federal charges for his role in a long-running dogfighting operation, knew he was in violation of the contract when he signed a $130 million deal in December 2004.

The team said he used proceeds from the contract to fund his illicit activities and sought the repayment of $19,970,000 in bonuses he was paid out of a total of $22.5 million in 2005 and '06.

Any money the Falcons recover from Vick would be credited to its future salary cap, a huge step in recovering from the loss of the team's franchise player. Atlanta (1-4) is off to a dismal start with Joey Harrington at quarterback.

"We are certainly pleased with today's ruling," the Falcons said in a statement. "It is the first step in a process that our club has undertaken in an attempt to recoup significant salary cap space that will allow us to continue to build our football team today and in future years."

Vick was suspended indefinitely without pay by the NFL after entering into his plea agreement. He also lost millions in lucrative endorsement deals.

"We have reviewed the decision handed down by Special Master Stephen Burbank and believe it is incorrect," the NFLPA said in a statement. "We will now appeal his ruling."

The case goes to U.S. District Court Judge David Doty in Minneapolis, who still has jurisdiction over the antitrust suit filed by players following the 1987 strike.

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/7316486?MSNHPHMA

jesse's mommy
October 9th, 2007, 06:35 PM
Hopefully this butthole goes bankrupt!

Shaykeija
October 9th, 2007, 09:11 PM
He he he :evil: ain't Karma a *itch.

mastifflover
October 10th, 2007, 08:57 AM
I think that some of the money they recover from this slime should first off go to pay for all the dogs that had to be vetted and go through behavior tests. Which by the way 48 of the 49 dogs were deemed adoptable only 1 was PTS. He should be paying for all this, Also a certain amount should be given to the agencies to help prevent this disgusting behavior. I also think the team and anyone who has given him money should get some of it back. Leave him enough to buy a trailer in hurricane alley, with an outhouse and a nice tree to tie him up under

Love4himies
October 10th, 2007, 12:01 PM
Leave him enough to buy a trailer in hurricane alley, with an outhouse and a nice tree to tie him up under

Oh mastifflover, you are much too kind to him, how about just an outhouse in the middle of a desert and the only way out is to have to walk past those poor dogs he abused!

chico2
October 10th, 2007, 12:06 PM
I saw that on the news yesterday and a very loud cheer reverberated through my house:thumbs up

mastifflover
October 10th, 2007, 03:32 PM
Oh mastifflover, you are much too kind to him, how about just an outhouse in the middle of a desert and the only way out is to have to walk past those poor dogs he abused!

I can't say what I would really like to see happen, Marko would be booting me out. But I am sure you can imagine.

twodogsandacat
October 10th, 2007, 07:21 PM
Good for them. :thumbs up

ancientgirl
October 12th, 2007, 09:17 AM
And still the Players Union is going to appeal? Why would they want a man who is a disgrace to the human race, much less their sport to keep all that money? It's partly because of all that money he was able to finance his disgusting need to abuse those poor dogs.

I hope they lose their appeal and he's got to give back everything!:frustrated:

Love4himies
October 12th, 2007, 09:52 AM
I can't say what I would really like to see happen, Marko would be booting me out. But I am sure you can imagine.

:laugh:


Does it make it legal if you put a :censored: smiley before and after your thoughs??

twodogsandacat
October 12th, 2007, 03:47 PM
:censored:I've always said that if I were a judge I would place two dog fighters in a pit with the understanding that one will get a half sentence and one would get the max and the direction to 'work it out amoung yourselves who's taking what and get back to me'. :censored:

Does the :censored: smiley make that any better?

marko
October 12th, 2007, 04:01 PM
This bit of Justice is making me smile! Look - :D:D:D:):):highfive: