NFL seeks to re­verse or­der al­low­ing Vick to keep money

The Covington News - - Sports -

MIN­NEAPO­LIS— The NFL is ask­ing fed­eral court to va­cate a judge’s rul­ing al­low­ing sus­pended quar­ter­back Michael Vick to keep $16.5 mil­lion in bonuses.

The NFL also wants to dis­qual­ify U.S. Dis­trict Judge David Doty, who ruled ear­lier this month that the At­lanta Fal­cons would vi­o­late the NFL col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment if it tried to re­cover the ros­ter bonus Vick al­ready re­ceived. The league ar­gues that Doty’s pub­lic com­ments show he is bi­ased against them.

Vick is serv­ing a 23-month prison sen­tence af­ter plead­ing guilty to fed­eral charges in a dog­fight­ing op­er­a­tion. Af­ter the plea, the Fal­cons tried to re­cover about $20 mil­lion in bonuses Vick earned from 2004 to 2007.

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