A Timeline of the Vick Dogfighting Case


April 25-26, 2007
During a drug raid at a Surry County home owned by Vick, officials discover evidence that the home is part of a dogfighting operation. With a second search warrant, they confiscate 66 dogs, 55 of them pit bulls, and equipment that includes a rape stand, pry bar, treadmill and a bloodied piece of carpet.

April 27, 2007
Vick claims he's never at the house in Surry County, and blames family members for taking advantage of his generosity and says he's learned a lesson.

April 28, 2007
Vick has meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss his string of off-field transgressions and the dogfighting investigation. Humane Society of the United States and PETA call on Goodell to ban players who are involved in dog fighting.

May 11, 2007
Falcons owner Arthur Blank meets with Vick to remind him that he represents himself, the team and the league and needs to act right. Vick declines to comment on dogfighting investigation, saying he's been advised by his lawyer to say nothing more.

May 23, 2007
Surry County authorities secure third search warrant for Vick's property based on an informant's claim as many as 30 dogs are buried on the property. Search warrant is never executed because prosecutor doesn't like the way it is worded.

May 27, 2007
Informant tells ESPN that Vick is "one of the heavyweights" in dogfighting dating back to his college days and that he often bet large sums on dogfights.

May 31, 2007
AirTran Airways announces it is dropping Vick as spokesman.

June 7, 2007
Officials with the Department of Agriculture execute a search warrant at Vick's Surry County property with the help of state police, finding remains of seven dogs and taking DNA samples. Vick cites a "scheduling conflict" in announcing his youth camp at Christopher Newport University is canceled.

June 18, 2007
William & Mary announces that Vick will no longer appear at a football camp held at the school and will be replaced by the Washington Redskins' Jason Campbell.

June 19, 2007
Nike announces it has no plans to drop its sponsorship of Vick.

July 6, 2007
Federal investigators conduct second search at Vick property, using a backhoe to dig in an area where dogs are believe buried and placing evidence gathered into large coolers packed with ice. Court documents filed in Richmond are released, detailing aspects of the case for the first time. Vick is not named in documents.

July 17, 2007
Vick and three others are indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to dogfighting. The 18-page indictment uses Vick's name throughout and gives a rough timeline of how dogs were electrocuted, drowned, shot or hanged at Bad Newz Kennels, which it says was started by the four at the Surry County property in 2002.

July 18, 2007
Vick and other three defendants are scheduled to appear in court July 26, the same day the Falcons open their first training camp under new coach Bobby Petrino.

July 23, 2007
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell orders Vick to stay away from Falcons training camp.

July 24, 2007
Falcons owner Arthur Blank confirms that the team wanted to suspend Vick for four games, the maximum allowed under the league's collective bargaining agreement with the players union, but he adds that he will wait on the NFL to conduct its own investigation.

July 26, 2007
Vick and three others pleaded not guilty to federal charges in connection to dogfighting accusations and was released conditionally without bond until a Nov. 26 trial.

July 27, 2007
Nike Inc. suspended its contract with Vick and will pull goods with his name off the shelves at stores the company owns. In a statement, the company said it had not terminated the contract, as animal-rights activists had urged the company to do after Vick was accused of federal dogfighting charges. "Nike has suspended Michael Vick's contract without pay, and will not sell any more Michael Vick product at Nike owned retail at this time," the company said.

July 30, 2007
Tony Taylor, a co-defendant in the case, enters a guilty plea to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors in Virginia. Taylor will be sentenced in December. He says he wasn't promised any specific sentence in return for his cooperation with the government. The charges carry a maximum punishment of five years in prison, and fines of up to $250,000.

Aug. 17, 2007
Two of Michael Vick's co-defendants in a dogfighting case entered guilty pleas, leaving the Atlanta Falcons quarterback on his own to cut a deal or face trial on federal charges. With his NFL career in jeopardy and a superseding indictment adding more charges in the works, Vick and his lawyers have been talking with federal prosecutors about a possible plea agreement.

Aug. 20, 2007
An attorney for Michael Vick said Vick had agreed to a plea deal with federal prosecutors in connection with the dogfighting charges he faced. "Mr. Vick has agreed to enter a plea of guilty to those charges and to accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made. Michael wishes to apologize again to everyone who has been hurt by this matter," attorney Billy Martin said in a statement.

Aug. 24, 2007
Vick's plea agreement, which he signed Aug. 23, is filed in federal court. In it, Vick admits to conspiracy in a dogfighting ring and helping kill pit bulls. He denies ever betting on the fights, only bankrolling them. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback is scheduled to formally enter his plea Monday, Aug. 27 in U.S. District Court.

Later in the day, the NFL announces Vick has been suspended indefinitely.

Aug. 27, 2007
Michael Vick formally entered his guilty plea to a federal dogfighting charge before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson. He now awaits a Dec. 10 sentencing date that could send the star NFL quarterback to prison.

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