RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal grand jury in Virginia indicted Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick on Tuesday on charges related to illegal dog fighting.
Vick and three others are charged with competitive dog fighting, procuring and training pit bulls for it and conducting the enterprise across state lines.
The indictment alleges that Vick and his co-defendants began dog fighting in early 2001, the former Virginia Tech star’s rookie year with the Falcons.
It accuses Vick, Purnell A. Peace, Quanis L. Phillips and Tony Taylor of ‘‘knowingly sponsoring and exhibiting an animal fighting venture,’’ of conducting a business enterprise involving gambling and buying, transporting and receiving dogs for the purposes of an animal fighting venture.
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Telephone messages left at the offices and home of Vick’s attorney, Larry Woodward, were not immediately returned.
A woman who answered the phone at the home of Vick’s mother said the family knew nothing about the charges.