Mike Vick Gets To Keep His $20M NFL Signing Bonus

: ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) — Imprisoned former National Football League star Michael Vick will not have to repay a 20 million-dollar bonus to the Atlanta Falcons thanks to a federal judge's ruling on Monday.

US District Judge David Doty's ruling at Minneapolis overturned an earlier arbitrator's ruling that had allowed the Falcons to recover their money from Vick, who was unable to play after being convicted in a dogfighting scandal.

Vick, 27, was suspended by the National Football League even before his December 10 sentencing to 23 months in prison. He is in a drug rehabilitation program at Leavenworth, Kansas, in hope of cutting his time behind bars.

Vick might have to repay some portion of the 20 million dollars that came in the form of a signing bonus under NFL union rules but he could keep other bonus payments thanks to a ruling that the NFL called nonsensical.

"It makes no sense that an individual who wilfully violates his contract is entitled to be paid tens of millions of dollars even though he is in jail and providing no services whatsoever to his employer," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.

But the NFL Players' Association called the ruling a complete victory for the union and the embattled quarterback who hopes to return to the NFL, perhaps as early as 2009.

"Standing alone, Michael's contract would have allowed the Falcons to reclaim his roster bonuses, but as Judge Doty ruled, our 2006 extension agreement prevented that by prohibiting forfeitures of bonuses 'already earned'," union general counsel Richard Berthelsen said.

"We are not only pleased for Michael, but his case sets a valuable precedent for other players as well."

The Falcons wanted the money back because they could write any repaid funds off their NFL salary cap limitations after one year.

In a reaction statement on Monday, Falcons president Rich McKay made it clear that team executives are still pondering legal moves to try and recover the money.

"As to our future legal strategies, we will meet with our legal representatives to more fully understand our options before making that determination," McKay said.

The loss means the Falcons will not recoup any of the 37 million dollars in bonus money spent upon Vick but will be unable to spend 15 million dollars in 2009 and 2010 they might otherwise have used on salaries for other talent.

"While we are disappointed by Judge Doty's decision, this ruling does not affect our salary cap management for the 2008 season," McKay said. "Any potential recovery would have only affected our 2009 salary cap.

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vote4misskeke

vote4misskeke
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oh shyt...im 1st this is crazy. Good morning every1


bcade3000

whatamess
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even if he wasn't able to he wasn't gonna give it back. WE DON'T GIVE MONEY BACK!!! NOT 20 MILLION ANYWAY!


DubR
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TRYIN TO TAKE MONEY FOR WORK ALREADY DONE ABOUT TIME SOMETHING HAS GONE RIGHT 4 MIKE......OBAMA 08


MSSHOWTIME
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YEA THEY SHOULDNT HAVE EVEN HAD TO THINK ABOUT TAKING THAT BOYS MONEY HE EARNED THAT SHIT


His_Jump-Off_Bunny
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Good at least he gets to keep it. He's already been broken in every other way possible.


poltergeist
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Shame to Mckay and his followers.


lbennaugh

kneequa
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GOOD! He should get some kind of break. Mike should have gotten community service and paid some kinda restitution to animal rights groups. Not have his career taken away. Don't get me wrong I love animals and have even donated to animal rights groups but his punishment did not fit the "crime".


ShawnRenee32
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He should. Now let me hold that for ya Mike!


DippedInChocolate
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THAT'S WHATS UP...


paf
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He is such a loser, how could you throw your whole career away like that. He has probably already spent the money anyway and is broke.


shawn
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GOOD!!!! Keep your head up Vick, you know them haters hate that Sh-t. OBAMA 2008!!!



reallysweet03
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He prob spent it all along time ago!


eastcoastgirl
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GOOD FOR HIM, AT LEAST HE GETS TO KEEP SOMETHING, SINCE THE WHITE FOLKS SNUFFED HIM


zebrahead
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Wasn't his baby mama cheating or something??? Mmmmm hm. Let's see what she'll come up with now!


whatwhatwhat
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Lucky muthafuka!


whatwhatwhat
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I wonder if he spent it already? In which case... stupid muthafucka!


mightyc42
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@ paf I know. he through away everyting for something so stupid. i think that 23 months is a little extreme for dogfighting. on the other hand... I think that 23 months is not enough for being a dumb a$$. he had so much talent and is loosing millions upon millions of dollars because he wan to still act like a NI&&a. I say he dont deserve the 20 million either. he is not playing for two years. if I dont go to work for two years because i commited a felony, then I don't get paid.


DubR
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@mightyc42 it's not 4 work he hasn't done it's 4 the years he played for them that's like your job taking money back from you after u got fired it's not money that he would have earned if he still was playing.. if anything he will need that interest on the money he still has kids to take care of that are human(not animals)


ladytee35
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They need to stop messing with my boy. This entire thing has been taken way out of control. It kills me how we have laws that are more harsh for people who do things to animals than those who molest and rape kids. This world is backwards.


TJ023
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that's my dowg!!! #7


cadburykiss8
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They would be kissing that money goodbye forever fukking wit me. LOL


mabeline
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Hoping this is really true. Just keep ya nose clean and come on back Vick.


K2TheJ
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GOOD FOR MIKE~ I still luv ya sugah!


mightyc42
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DUBR. you are right. they shouldnt take money that he has been paid for work done. I may be wrong but didnt he get paid the bonus for his ENTIRE contract. the money should be prorated if that is the casewhich it seems like it has since the are keeping 3.7 mil. then if he was worried about his kids. he would not have been commiting multible felonies. I like dogs but i dont care that much about dogs. but i think torturing anything with a brain is wrong. if he were gambling and training dogs to fight so as to make sure his kids had food on the table i would understand, if he were poor and starving and ate a dog, i wouldnt care. he chose to do wrong and now he is paying he for it. I hope he gets out early and I am happy that he is playing the system to get out early. If the government left a loophole, exploit it. but he is stupid. like paris hilton and lindsay lohan drunk driving. they should have served more time. it makes no since that these girls have so much money that they can pay for a driver to take them home but will drive drunk. same for vic for losing 1loosing 100 mil for something. and if he does the whole 23 months. so what


MontanaMarriott
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TAKE THAT MONEY AWAY FROM THAT DAYUM DOG KILLER..... Now hand me my Chinchilla, I gotta run.....


SAPHIRE
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Mike please dont go play for the Falcons ever never again and fuk there azzes.I am so glad that you get to keep your money because it was well earned.It is about time some good shyt came out of this bullshyt.



plug
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good 4 him now buys some more dogs


kc1c

SouthernRenaissance
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CAN'T THEY JUST LEAVE MY GUY VICK ALONE... HAVEN'T THEY RUINED THE MAN ENOUGH GO FALCONS...ATL STAND UP


Hannity
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Ok Black..looks like they went a lil easy on yo @ss...if u do get back in the NFL...don't mess this shyt up this time....if you do..you'll be Ricky Williams all over again...


jakey_natey
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Good for U Mike...He already had EVERYTHING taken from him so it's good they let him keep what he earned...I'm a Mike Vick supporter ALL DAY EVERYDAY, everyone makes dumb mistakes (some more extreme than others), and I'm sure he has learned so much from his!!!! I LOVE U MIKE!!! and to MTO, Thank You for not using that busted a$$ mug shot pic this time, he is SO F~ing SEXY ya'll should show it :-)!!!!!!!!! FREE MIKE VICK


PlatnumPlus
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Thats Whats Up... He!! They Took errything Else From Him.. Now Mike, about that Beamer We Were Talkin Bout..


caramelsunshine24
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ok honestly, that whole "i'm going to put you under the jailhouse for a dog, b/s is crazy anyway. i'm glad that he gets to keep the money. he worked hard for it, even though he made some bad decisions, still doesn't justify the amount of publicity that the media gave this story. quite frankly, there are plenty of people that are in jail for a lot more, for a lot less time. i'm glad about this and i just hope that vick rises above all of those backstabbers (his family) and do something positive! GO VICK!!


caramelsunshine24
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ALSO, I DONT KNOW ABOUT YA'LL, BUT THAT IS A SEXY (EXPLETIVE) BOY IF I WASN'T MARRIED AND IF VICK WASN'T IN JAIL.......


nyindr
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@ Caramelsunshine24 Let me finish that sentence for ya! "IF I WASN'T MARRIED AND IF VICK WASN'T IN JAIL......." you would be taking herpe meds under the alias Ronita Mexico. Give me a fookin break. If the guy hadn't been caught, would he have stopped? Some people need to fall REALLY hard on their ass before a sign of maturity will appear. Maybe he won't take things for granted now. I don't feel sorry for him one bit. You want to play ghetto, you should be broke just like them. No remorse from me.


VinCee
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As well he should. NFL should be ashamed for trying to kick dude while he was down. Hopefully when he gets out he'll buy a cat.


Buttah_Bean
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NOW DON'T SCREW UP THIS SHYT, MIKE vICK! YOU DONE MADE A LOT OF PALE FOLK MAD!


Buttah_Bean
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YOU DONE MADE ALOT OF PEOPLE MAD PERIOD! -THE ANIMAL RIGHTS PEOPLE -THE WHITE PEOPLE FOR KEEPING YOU MONEY AND COMMITTING A CRIME -BLACK PEOPLE FOR F^CKING IT UP FOR THE REST OF US


ImNaturallySexY
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I love Vick!!! Keep the damn money!!! LMAO. Lookin' forward and praying to see him back on the field.


Business
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Touchdown 4 Mike Vick


jjjones
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I hope there are some better stories on here tomorrow because the stories today are sooo lame.



DanteEpic
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Thats great! Maybe now he will give his babymother something better then a Ford Focus! You would think he would give her something that could without-a-doubt pass a crash test.


leggz
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I'm happy for him.


DreDog
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MIKE VICK IS FAR FROM BROKE.... And yes I'm one of the ones that's GLAD that he gets to keep his money. Hell he earned that money as many playoff games he's been in....almost took them to the Superbowl. The only quarterback I know who has over 1,000 rushing yards. HE'S WORTH EVERY PENNY OF DAT $20 MILLION. He is suffering the consequences enough by turning himself in and serving his sentence early. Actually the man will never have to play again if he chooses not to. He already is worth $100 million anyway. Plus there are murderers who are walking around scott free. Not saying that cruelty to animals is a good thing but there's something very wrong with the system to give stiffer sentences to dog killers than murderers, child molesters, etc. AT LEAST HE WON"T BE BROKE WHEN HE'S OUT OF JAIL. Good for him.


stcjanell
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Good for him. I am glad to see something going his way. He earned it, the falcons should want him back, but who knows. I am happy to hear this though.


Crossnation
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That's good, I'm glad he gets to keep some of that money.........


just-us
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IF MIKE IS A LOSER WE ALL ARE LOSERS BECAUSE WE ALL HAVE DONE SOME STUPID SH#T IN LIFE,FIGHT DOGS CHEAT,DRUGS WHAT EVER IT DOEN'T MAKE YOU BETTER BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T FIGHT DOGS SO GET OVER YOURSELVES I'M GLAD THAT HE IS BLESS TO GET ANOTHER CHANCE JUST LIKE I WOULD ANYBODY ELSE,THATS WHY ARE COULD NEVER BE GOD!!!


just-us
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CORRECTION:WE / AND MONEY DONT CHANGE EVERYONE THATS WE EVERYONE WITH MONEY IS NOT HAPPY


SigmaMan1914
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dats wassup...fair is fair. Would love to see Vick suit up and QB in my city of PHILLY. i would give anything to see Mcnabb pack up and head out of town fast. I kNOW i speak for alot of Philadelphians ya dig! --Shout out to all my Sigma Bruhs <> 94 Years of "Exemplary" Service to Humanity <>


luvmykidz
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He's Lucky! But I am sure he has to pay his lawyer fees. They are going to tear that A up!


OWtlaw1963
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I glad that he gets to keep his money.....they are treating that man raw.....watch who you hang around Mike....that is cold that none of his friends took that case for him....find new friends


louisiana1-4life
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Good for him!!!!


600pounds
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ladytee35 Flag post They need to stop messing with my boy. This entire thing has been taken way out of control. It kills me how we have laws that are more harsh for people who do things to animals than those who molest and rape kids. This world is backwards. --------------- Same Toilet Different SH*T! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I completely agree w/ you. And good for him.


polo617
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Will Mike Vick die already


nunliku2
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That money been gone anyway, long time ago, Kijafa and their kids saying skeet... what money? At least sum one funally gave Mike Vick a fruggin break, the time did not fit the crime, ya dig?=(