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NFL Quarterback Michael Vick Reinstated After Dog-Fighting Ban

10/8/2009
A 29-year old quarterback who was jailed for operating an illegal dog-fighting ring, has been reinstated to the sport by the National Football League.

Michael Vick, who played for the Atlanta Falcons before the jail sentence was delivered, served 23 months in prison before being released and discovering his Atlanta contract was to be cancelled.

Vick is now available to sign for a new football team but will not be allowed to play until the 6th week of the season.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to the player: "In deciding whether to reinstate a player, I have stressed my belief that playing in the NFL is a privilege.

"It is not an entitlement. Everyone fortunate enough to be part of the league is held to a standard of conduct higher than that generally expected in society and is correspondingly accountable when that standard of conduct is not met."
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