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Michael Vick has taken another blind side hit - and an expensive one, at that.

Already facing prison time, the disgraced quarterback lost the first round in his financial battle with the Atlanta Falcons when an arbitrator ruled Tuesday that Michael Vick must repay $20 million in bonuses he got from the team while secretly bankrolling a gruesome dogfighting ring.

The case is far from over. The NFL players' union said it will appeal the ruling by Stephen B. Burbank, a University of Pennsylvania law professor.

The Falcons argued that Vick, who pleaded guilty to federal charges for his role in the long-running dogfighting operation, knew he was in violation of the contract when he signed a 10-year, $130 million deal in December 2004.

The team said Michael Vick used money from that contract to fund his illicit ring and sought the repayment of $19,970,000 he was paid over three years.

"We are certainly pleased with today's ruling," the Falcons said in a statement. "It is the first step in a process that our club has undertaken in an attempt to recoup significant salary cap space that will allow us to continue to build our team."

In a very technical ruling, Burbank said the Falcons are entitled to $3.75 million of the $7.5 million bonus that Michael Vick was paid after signing the contract in 2004, $13.5 million of the $22.5 million roster, reporting and playing bonuses he was paid in 2005 and 2006, and $2.72 million of the $7 million roster, reporting and playing bonus that he received this year.

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Michael Vick is totally becoming a chew toy ... literally (for dogs) and figuratively (for the legal system)! The problems just keep piling on!

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has obtained court documents that indicate the embattled NFL star tested positive for marijuana September 13, and will now face even more strict release conditions from a federal court judge.

In court documents yesterday, the judge ordered Michael Vick to submit to drug testing, "for determining whether the defendant is using a prohibited substance."

The judge also ordered Vick to stay in his Virginia home - with electronic ankle monitoring - every day from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. No Les Deux for you, #7! Moreover, he has to foot the bill for the service. It's a dog-eat-dog world, no?

ABOVE: A stressed out Michael Vick looks to roll a joint at a press conference following a tough Falcons loss. It's tough running an NFL offense and a dogfighting ring.

In addition, Vick has been ordered to attend a substance therapy program and get mental health counseling. Vick will be sentenced to prison time on December 10, after entering a guilty plea in federal court on charges related to dogfighting.

He faces up to five years in prison. The State of Virginia is also filing new charges against Vick, though his lawyers contend that legally, he can not be convicted for the same heinous, ridiculous, stupid crimes twice.

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Already looking at a steep federal prison term for bankrolling a dogfighting ring, Michael Vick now faces state charges that could get him more prison time.

His likeness has also been made into a dog chew toy product by a pet product manufacturer, which plans to donate proceeds from sales to charity.

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After a Surry County, Va., grand jury indicted the Atlanta Falcons QB and three co-defendants Tuesday, Vick's lawyers indicated they will fight the state charges, saying he can't be convicted twice for the same crime.

The NFL star, scheduled for sentencing December 10 after pleading guilty to the federal dogfighting conspiracy charges, faces state charges of beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs and engaging in or promoting dogfighting.

Meanwhile, some dogs filed suit against Vick last week as well. Their lawyers did, anyway. The canines themselves would no doubt enjoy a little taste of revenge, however... even if that taste is really just cheap plastic. See below.

The proceeds from sales of this $10.99 effigy of Michael Vick will be donated to animal charities. Here's what the makers of the toy say:

"Michael Vick's Dog Chew Toy is made of state of the art material. The Vick's Toy Doll is so strong and flexible, it will challenge every breed. Especially pit bulls."

The grand jury declined to indict Michael Vick and two co-defendants on eight additional counts of killing or causing to be killed a companion animal, felonies that would have exposed them to as many as 40 years in prison.

Vick's attorney, Billy Martin, said the counts concern "the same conduct covered by the federal indictment ... for which Mr. Vick already accepted responsibility."

Martin said he will "aggressively protect his rights to ensure that he is not held accountable for the same conduct twice."

But Vick was convicted of a federal conspiracy count while the state of Virginia's indictment deals with the act of dog fighting, said Steven Benjamin, a Richmond defense lawyer who is not involved in the case.

In pleading guilty to the federal charges last month, Vick admitted helping kill six to eight dogs, among other stuff. He faces up to five years in the can. No word on whether O.J. Simpson could somehow become his cell mate.

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Michael Vick killed dogs. Now the canines are fighting back.

Well, in a manner of speaking. TMZ obtained the court documents filed today by representatives of 11 animal rights groups who want the four-legged Vick-tims to have a say in the sentencing of the star quarterback. Woof! Woof!

They may be barking up the wrong tree, but attorneys filed a brief on behalf of the many dogs "which were brutally slaughtered by Michael Vick and cohorts."

The brief, which outlines the horrifying abuse pups endured while involved in dog fighting, requests that the proceeds of any fines paid by Michael Vick go to provide care and rehabilitation for the surviving canine victims.

It also asks that any fines paid by Vick go toward establishing a no-kill shelter or sanctuary to care for abused dogs, and to fund an awareness program designed to educate the public on the "abhorrent nature of dogfighting."

The dogs also ask that Michael Vick be sentenced to nearly six years in jail.

Lastly, the dogs demanded that the Yorkie puppy Britney Spears got earlier this summer be freed ASAP, and added that they hope O.J. Simpson rots in hell.

You know, just because.

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Some good will actually come to animals because of Michael Vick.

Well, more accurately, because of the generosity of comedian Carol Leifer, who bought the note Vick used during his lame apology speech in Richmond, Va., with proceeds benefiting the Animal Cruelty Reward and Response Fund.

Earlier this month, we learned that the Humane Society was auctioning off the note that Vick - who's headed to the pen after pleading guilty to federal dogfighting charges - used as he made his contrite speech. See below...

Apologize? Check. Talk about kids? Check? Michael Vick had it all covered.

Vick jotted down six points which called for him "to apologize for what I've done, apologize to his coach and team, tell young kids that I acted immature, ask for forgiveness, take responsibility, and remind people that we all make mistakes."

There's also a side note that says simply "dogs have suffered." Well, that depends on how you look at it. I mean, are some animals not bred to be electro-

Never mind. But we're hoping the powers that be can somehow work something out so that Michael Vick and O.J. Simpson can become cellmates.

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The growing list of celebrities clamoring to join the Michael Vick Fan Club - still a very short, moronic list - has another new member: Glenn Plummer.

The Showgirls star went off on a passionate defense of the disgraced Vick while clubbin' at Les Deux last night. He said, quote:

"$h!t, nigg@s been fighting dogs since we were born!"

Way to keep it real. Dog.

Channeling his inner Whoopi Goldberg and Stephon Marbury, Plummer went on to explain that there's "a million people" fighting dogs, and that:

"They catch Michael Vick and they just want to put him on the spotlight, you know what I'm sayin'? Go find out who really doing it!"

Actually, Michael Vick was really doing it. That's why he was, you know, indicted and pled guilty to funding the dogfighting ring, and is going to prison.

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Saying that he "needs to be a better Michael Vick," the embattled Michael Vick apologized to the NFL and his Atlanta Falcons teammates Monday for "using bad judgment and making bad decisions" and vowed to redeem himself.

Good luck with that.

Shortly before making his first public statements, the star quarterback officially pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting charges and awaits a December 10 sentencing date.

"First I want to apologize for all the things that I've done and that I have allowed to happen," Michael Vick said at a news conference following his appearance in U.S. District Court.

"What I did was very immature. That means I need to grow up. I totally ask for forgiveness... I made a mistake in using bad judgment and making bad decisions," he said.

We think a stronger word than immature might apply here. Lindsay Lohan is immature... and you don't see Firecrotch killing pit bulls, now do you. Getting drunk and sleeping around is one thing, but can a person really outgrow strapping a dog to a rape stand? Anyway.

The plea by the suspended Atlanta quarterback was accepted by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, who asked: "Are you entering the plea of guilty to a conspiracy charge because you are in fact guilty?"

Vick replied, "Yes, sir."

Hudson emphasized he is not bound by sentencing guidelines and can impose the maximum sentence of up to five years in prison for Michael Vick.

"You're taking your chances. You'll have to live with the decision I make," Hudson said.

In his plea filed in federal court Friday, Michael Vick admitted he helped kill pit bulls and supply money for gambling on the fights.

He said he did not personally place any bets or share in any winnings.

The NFL suspended him indefinitely without pay Friday after his plea was filed. Merely associating with gamblers can trigger a lifetime ban under league policy.

Vick concluded by saying, "I offer my deepest apologies to everyone. And I will redeem myself. I have to."

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We couldn't help but notice that this weekly pop culture power rankings in Sports Illustrated contain some familiar faces and stories to readers of The Hollywood Gossip. Let's take a look at what's in the news and who's winning SI's notoriety contest ...

10. Joey Fatone
The "Fat One" signs on to run the red carpet show for the TV Guide Network. We never thought we'd say this, but, we miss Joan Rivers.

9. Chuck Liddell
The former UFC champ partied all night with Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon of Entourage) in Las Vegas last weekend while Dillon celebrated his birthday.

8. Duane Chapman
Dog The Bounty Hunter may have a hit TV show and best selling book but he still can't escape the law. There's gotta be a Michael Vick joke here somewhere.

7. Hayden Panettiere
The hottest cheerleader this side of Friday Night Lights turns 18 which means bring on the cigarettes and pornos (her words, not ours).

6. Bill Murray
There's nothing funny about drinking and driving, but when it entails Bill Murray throwing back a few in a golf cart, it has the makings of a Caddyshack reunion.

5. Tom Brady
So, Brady wants some time off to see the birth of his child (with Bridget Moynahan, his ex). We'd pay to see the look on Bill Belichick's face when he's asked about that one.

4. Tiki Barber / Eli Manning
Tiki finally lit a fire under Eli and made him break out of his clichéd monologue after questioning the QB's leadership skills. Why didn't he do that last year?

3. Ryan Seacrest
Just when you thought Super Bowl pre-game shows couldn't get any worse, Fox announced that the American Idol metrosexual will be hosting the snoozefest in February.

2. The Orange Bowl
One of college football's most storied stadiums is living on borrowed time after the Hurricanes start playing home games at Dolphin Stadium in 2008.

1. Michael Vick
Can we stop talking about whether or not Michael Vick will be able to resume his NFL career when he's done serving his time in jail? Any team that signs Vick when he gets out might as well go out and get Kevin Federline to play wide receiver.

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New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury has spoken out in defense of Michael Vick, saying dogfighting is a sport and comparing it to hunting.

Never mind the fact that this is coming from a thug who has made a "sport" out of sucking in the playoffs, shooting way too much and not being a good floor leader.

Anyway, Marbury spoke out Monday about the federal dogfighting conspiracy charges against Michael Vick, while promoting his new line of sneakers.

"I think it's tough," Marbury said, according to Albany TV station Capital News 9. "I think, you know, we don't say anything about people who shoot deer or shoot other animals. You know, from what I hear, dogfighting is a sport. It's just behind closed doors."

Don't worry, Michael Vick. Stephon Marbury has your back - and will likely be joining you in jail after he gets busted on some gun-related charge in the next year or two.

On Monday, his lawyer said that Vick will plead guilty to the federal charges of conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and conspiracy to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture. He also faces prosecution in Virginia.

"I think it's tough that we build Michael Vick up and then we break him down," Marbury said. "I think he's one of the superb athletes, and he's a good human being. I just think that he fell into a bad situation."

Who, exactly is breaking Michael Vick down, Stephon? Dogs everywhere aren't breathing a sigh of relief because the media is going to jail. Think about it.

What's next? Stephon accusing "us" of building up Mel Gibson and then breaking him down... after he drove drunk, blamed it on the Jews and sexually harassed a female cop?

Sometimes, the media isn't all evil, but merely reporting the news that happens. Imagine that. Oh, and hunting deer and game birds are legal, regulated activities, Steph.

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A month after saying he looked forward to clearing his name, Michael Vick now acknowledges the heinous acts associated with his name are true.

The Atlanta Falcons quarterback said through his lawyer that he will plead guilty to federal dogfighting charges, an admission that likely will mean prison time.

For now, hopes of salvaging his NFL career are secondary to his impending confinement. And any criticism we ever had of Alex Rodriguez seems like a complete joke.

"His focus is on his family, his focus is on answering to this judge," said Michael Vick's lead defense attorney, Billy Martin, after announcing the plea.

"Mr. Vick has agreed to enter a plea of guilty to the charges against him 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."

U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson can sentence Michael Vick to up to five years in prison and fine him $250,000, although federal sentencing guidelines call for less.

A government official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the terms are not final, told the AP that prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 12 to 18 months.

The sentence will be more than usually recommended for first-time offenders, as the U.S. government strives to show animal abusers they'll get more than a slap on the wrist.

Vick will return Monday to the same courthouse where he pleaded not guilty and resolved to prove his innocence just 25 days ago. This time he will plead guilty.

The NFL, in a statement, noted that Michael Vick's admission wasn't in line with what he told commissioner Roger Goodell after being charged:

"We are aware of Michael Vick's decision to enter a guilty plea to the federal charges against him and accept responsibility for his conduct. We totally condemn the conduct outlined in the charges, which is inconsistent with what Michael Vick previously told both our office and the Falcons. We will conclude our own review under the league's personal conduct policy as soon as possible."

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