Court ruling allows Vick to keep $16M in bonuses
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed Judge David Doty’s order saying Vick had already earned the bonuses before his dogfighting conviction, so the money wasn’t subject to forfeiture.
Vick is now with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Doty has long handled matters arising from the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. After Doty ruled in the Vick bonus case, the NFL accused him of bias and sought to end his oversight of its contract with the players union.
The appeals court said the contract should remain under Doty’s oversight.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello did not say whether the league planned a further appeal, but he said the 8th Circuit upheld Doty’s ruling on Vick’s bonuses in large part because it found the contract’s language ambiguous.
“That is something that we will seek to change at the bargaining table to ensure that bonus payments are paid to players who comply with their contracts and perform on the field,” Aiello said.
Vick was released from federal custody July 20 after serving 18 months of a 23-month sentence for running a dogfighting ring.
The Eagles signed Vick to a $1.6 million contract for 2009, with a team option for the second year at $5.2 million, but he has not played much.