Michael Vick has served his time for his 2007 dogfighting conviction. He walked out of federal prison today a free man.
Suspended NFL star Michael Vick’s federal dogfighting sentence ended Monday, freeing him to lobby for a return to the field.
Vick’s attorney Lawrence Woodward told The Associated Press outside Vick’s suburban Virginia home that the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback had been released from federal custody as scheduled. That means Vick no longer has to wear the electronic monitor he’s had on while under home confinement for the last two months of his 23-month sentence.
Shortly before Woodward came out of the house, two men in a government car with a federal Bureau of Prisons folder on the dashboard paid a brief visit to the home. They carried a large case similar to the one that Vick’s ankle monitor was delivered in when he started home confinement. The men declined to identify themselves or speak to waiting reporters.
Freedom will allow Vick to step up his efforts to resume his pro football career. Vick hopes to soon meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who has said he would review Vick’s status after Vick completed his sentence.
Goodell has said he wants to sit down with Vick, but it’s unclear when that face-to-face meeting will take place.
“The review of his status is ongoing,” league spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday. “There are no further details and no timetable.”
If Vick is able to return to the NFL, it won’t be with Atlanta. The Falcons released Vick in June.