NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia (AFP) — Disgraced American football star Michael Vick has a job as a construction worker awaiting him when he leaves prison, his lawyer told a bankruptcy court on Thursday.
The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, who is serving a 23-month federal prison sentence for financing a dogfighting ring, appeared in court to outline his plans to emerge from his financial woes, a plan that includes an eventual return to the National Football League.
Lawer Michael Blumenthal told US Bankruptcy Judge Frank J. Santoro that Vick, once the highest-paid player in the NFL, is “going to change the way he lives his life.”
Vick is scheduled to be released from custody in July. He could be sent to home confinement as early as May.
Once he is released, Blumenthal said, Vick plans to work 40 hours a week for a construction company.Vick’s popularity nosedived when details were released about his role in the brutal dogfighting business. He is currently suspended from the NFL, and the Falcons have already said they want to cut ties with their former hero.
Vick and the Falcons agreed to settle a dispute by having him repay his former employers 6.5 million to 7.5 million dollars.
The player’s legal woes led to financial turmoil that landed him in bankruptcy court.
A committee representing most of Vick’s unsecured creditors has endorsed his plan to get his finances back in order. The option would be a liquidation of his assets, which would not provide them any portion of his future earnings.
Some creditors oppose the plan, including a former agent who won a 4.6 million-dollar judgment against Vick.
Vick’s plan would allow him to keep the first 750,000 dollars of his salary should he find a club interested in him and make a deal. Creditors would claim part of any additional income.