Cruising up to his five-bedroom, brick luxury home in a motorcade Thursday morning, embattled former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick began his period of home confinement after ending his prison term in the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kan.
The suspended superstar arrived at the Hampton, Va., house shortly before 8:30 a.m., and emerged from a black-curtained, black Kia Sedona with his fiancée, Kijafa Frink, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
“He’s happy to be reunited with his family,” Chris Garrett said shortly after the four cars pulled up. An hour and a half later, according to the newspaper, Vick’s Virginia-based attorney, Larry Woodward, arrived. Law-enforcement officers then affixed an electronic monitoring device to the athlete’s ankle; he must wear it for his two-month home-detention stint. Vick is now a furloughed federal inmate.
After spending 19 months in Leavenworth, Vick now works a $10-an-hour job as a construction laborer, which is part of his probation. His current term will end on July 20, at which time he will face three years of supervised probation.
The question now is whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is convinced that Vick has not only paid his debt to society but that he is truly remorseful for his crime of financing a dogfighting ring.
“It goes beyond, ‘Has he paid his debt to society?’ Because I think that from a legal standpoint and financially and personally, he has,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said at an NFL owners’ meeting Wednesday.