Michael Vick Due In Court For Dogfighting Charges

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- NFL star Michael Vick is due in federal court today in Richmond, Virginia.

He's to appear at a bond hearing and enter a plea on federal dogfighting charges.

The Atlanta Falcons quarterback and three others are accused specifically of participating in a competitive dogfighting conspiracy, buying and training pit bulls for fighting, and conducting the operation across state lines.

Prosecutors allege the business operated on Vick's property in rural Virginia. Vick has denied knowing about it.

The four could get six years in prison if convicted.

In the meantime, the NFL Commissioner has barred Vick from training camp while the league investigates the charges against him. The Falcons' owner says the team wanted to suspend Vick for four games, but that the NFL asked him to wait.

The Falcons open their training camp today.


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