Oh, Michael Vick, who ever said the road to redemption was a smooth one? Maybe you should start praying harder because the hole that you dug yourself continues to get bigger.
An arbitrator made a key ruling today that allows the Atlanta Falcons to recoup $19.97 million in bonuses from suspended quarterback Vick.
The ruling stated that the Falcons are entitled to pursue the recovery of signing, option and roster bonuses because payments to Vick were for future services that can’t be earned because the NFL has indefinitely suspended Vick.
The Falcons said Vick used money from his bonuses to fund his illegal dog fighting activities and the team seeks to recoup the bonuses he has been paid over the last three years.
In a press release, the team stated: “We are certainly pleased with today’s ruling by NFL Special Master Stephen Burbank. It is the first step in a process that our club has undertaken in an attempt to recoup significant salary-cap space that will allow us to continue to build our football team today and in future years.”
The NFL Players Association disagreed with the decision and said they will be appealing the ruling.