You remember Michael Vick? He is the former NFL quarterback who is serving a 23-month prison term for plotting to run an interstate dogfighting ring. On top of that, on July 8, 2008 he filed for Chapter 11 reorganization. According to Bloomberg News, Vick cited debts of $10 million to $50 million in Chapter 11 papers filed yesterday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Newport News, Virginia. He listed assets valued at between $10 million and $50 million.
It is reported that Vick’s hope is that by filing bankruptcy that he can, after the conclusion of the bankruptcy case, rebuild his life on a personal and spiritual level, resurrect his image as a public figure, and resolve matters with the NFL such that he can resume his career,” Vick’s lawyers said in the bankruptcy filing.
Vick, 28, the No. 1 pick in the National Football League’s 2001 college draft and a three-time Pro Bowl choice with the Atlanta Falcons, was indefinitely suspended by the league when he agreed to enter his August 2007 felony plea. He is due to be released from the U.S. penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, in about a year, according to court papers.
A federal judge in December gave Vick less than half the maximum penalty for his role in buying, training and killing dogs while funding gambling on fights held on his property in Surry County, Virginia. He also received three years probation.
Vick pleaded guilty to conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in an animal-fighting venture. He publicly apologized for his actions and said he would stand against animal cruelty.
His creditors include The Atlanta Falcons, which are owed $3.75 million for a pro rated signing bonus according to the filing. Other of the largest unsecured creditors listed include Joel Enterprises Inc., owed $4.5 million for breach of contract, and Royal Bank of Canada, owed $2.5 million for a real-estate loan.