Michael Vick, star quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons football team, plead not guilty to charges that he fought dogs over several years starting in 2001. He was ordered to surrender his passport and cannot travel far without court order. Vick was also asked to surrender his dog breeding license and is prohibited from selling or possessing any dogs. He was released without the need to pay bail.
The Falcons owner, Arthur Blank, said that his decision would be to suspend Vick for 4 games — the maximum any given team is allowed to suspend a player. However, Blank said that the NFL requested that he wait before suspending Vick.
Vick arrived at the courthouse at 3 p.m. in a black sport utility vehicle and was booed by a crowd of hundreds as he emerged. Wearing a dark suit and blue shirt, the quarterback looked straight ahead as he walked up the ramp to the courthouse. He did not respond to reporters.