NFL says Vick shouldn't keep signing bonus

By: Tom Campbell Email
By: Tom Campbell Email

February 14, 2008--
Minneapolis, Mn--

The NFL is asking federal court to vacate a judge's ruling allowing suspended quarterback Michael Vick to keep $16.5 million on bonuses.

The NFL also wants to disqualify U.S. District Judge David Doty. He ruled earlier the Atlanta Falcons would violate the league collective bargaining agreement if they tried to recover the roster bonus Vick already received.

The league argues Doty's public comments show he is biased against it.

Vick is now serving a 23-month sentence in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges in a dogfighting operation. His attorneys have told him the league would probably appeal the earlier order.

After his plea, the Falcons tried to recover about $20 million in bonuses he earned from 2004 to 2007.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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