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Vick Released From Prison Under The Cover Of Night To Avoid A “Dog Day Afternoon” Scenario


Michael Vick was quietly released from Leavenworth Prison last night and will begin serving two months of home confinement at his house in Hampton, Virginia.

Vick will only be allowed to leave the house “to work a $10-an-hour job as a laborer for a construction company and for other limited purposes approved by his probation officer,” according to a report on

What’s next for Vick? A partnership with the Humane Society of the United States appears to be in the works, so says Humane Society President, Wayne Pacelle:

“He indicated that he’s tremendously remorseful about this, and now he wants to be an agent of change, to work to end dogfighting and to specifically get young kids to cease any involvement in these activities…[s]ometimes folks who are reformed can be particularly strong advocates. We agree that he’s got to put boots on the ground and hit the issue hard and do it over a long time.”

Well, I suppose putting his “boots on the ground” is better than the alternative, putting his boots on the throat of a dog.

Nevertheless, I imagine Vick is willing to do just about anything to get back into Roger Goodell’s good graces. The Commissioner addressed the issue at the NFL Spring Meetings in Ft. Lauderdale:

“I think that’s going to be up to Michael. Michael’s going to have to demonstrate to myself and the general public and to a lot of people, did he learn anything from this experience? Does he regret what happened? Does he feel that he can be a positive influence going forward? Those are questions that I would like to see when I sit with him.”

Yeah, good luck with that, Vick. If there’s one thing Roger Goodell is known for, it’s his capacity for benevolence and willingness to listen to reason. Or am I thinking of somebody else? I think I might be.

Vick leaves prison for home confinement [ Associated Press]
Humane Society contacted by Vick, who wants to help curb dogfighting [ Associated Press]