A lawyer for NFL star Michael Vick told a bankruptcy court that the former quarterback has lined up a construction job for when he gets out of prison.
Vick, 28, appeared in court for the first time in his bankruptcy case to explain to a judge how he plans to emerge from his severe financial problems.
Before the hearing began, he turned to wave at family members sitting in the courtroom. He is expected to testify before the proceeding wraps up Friday.
“You will hear from Mr. Vick his future intentions, how he’s going to change the way he lives his life,” lawyer Michael Blumenthal told Judge Frank J. Santoro.
Vick is serving a 23-month sentence for bankrolling a dogfighting ring, and his bankruptcy plan is based on the goal of returning to a pro football career.
He believes he will earn $10 million a year ... if reinstated to the league, of course. The NFL has suspended him indefinitely and would have to allow him back.
There's also no way he would get a guaranteed contract that big, at least not right away. Sources say a short-term, incentive-based deal is much more likely.
He briefly left federal prison in Kansas to attend the hearing and is set to be released from custody in July, but could be placed under house arrest in late May.
Blumenthal said when Vick is released, he plans to work 40 hours a week for a construction company. He did not disclose the wage or give any other details.
His reported book deal could pay some of the bills as well, presumably.
Vick was the NFL’s highest-paid player and among its most popular, but details about the brutality of Vick’s dogfighting enterprise enraged the public and helped destroy his finances, which court records show were already in disarray.