Former NFL star Michael Vick sued in Broward

Former NFL star Michael Vick, whose record took him from fame and fortune with the Atlanta Falcons inside a jail cell for his role in a fight ring of Dogs, to see him bounce back in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, is being sued in Broward County by creditors who want him to repay loans he took out at least four years ago in Maryland.

According to the lawsuit, which was filed in May, Vick was slapped with a judgment of $692,000 for unpaid debts. It came from a court in Maryland. Details about the origin of these debts were not part of the Broward lawsuit.

But Vick lives in Southwest Ranches, in a home protected by state homestead laws because it’s her primary residence. Plaintiffs’ attorneys say they want Vick in a deposition Aug. 5 to list his assets so his creditors can collect.

Vick’s South Florida attorney, Arthur Jones, said Friday he intended to represent him in the case and claimed the plaintiffs were misrepresenting the amount Vick owed.

“‘Michael Vick takes these matters seriously and is aware of the process and will ensure that all parties who are entitled to receive payment are paid,’ he said in an emailed statement. “However, usurious calculations that produce absurd results should not be tolerated by Florida courts. Therefore, all appropriate defenses will certainly be employed. Further comments on the shenanigans that lead to situations like this may be made available at a later date.

Kevin Spinozza, an attorney for the plaintiffs, did not respond to a request for comment Friday. “They actually live in the house. There was a $160,000 Bentley in the driveway,” Spinozza told the Miami Herald Thursday. “Obviously a nice house, the one you’d think a retired NFL player would live in.”

Vick played for the Atlanta Falcons from 2001 to 2006. The following year, he became embroiled in a controversy over an illegal dogfighting ring in Virginia and ended up serving nearly two years in federal prison.

He filed for bankruptcy in 2008 and ended up paying off most of what he owed, according to published reports. He returned to the NFL as a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009. After playing for the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers, he retired in 2017 and started working as an analyst at Fox Sports.

No hearing has been set in the Broward Collections case.

Rafael Olmeda can be reached at [email protected]954-356-4457 or on Twitter @rolmeda

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