Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is still in prison and regardless of how you try to slice up his fortune, he is still richer than most. Vick went from earning millions as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL to now earning on 12 cents an hour. His personal items have been lost through mismanagement of his fortune and in July of this year, he filed for bankruptcy protection from his creditors. While all of this is true, my heart goes out to Vick because I am one of the few who believe his case is indicative of a crazy justice system that protects animals more than it protects women. A system where a dog’s life, or shall I say, the treatment of animals takes precedence over the lives of humans. We can argue and debate the pros and cons of MIchael Vick’s case all day long, but I’ll still feel the same about the outcome of his case.
Vick’s bankruptcy filings have recently been made public and although he has been in jail since November 2007, the quarterback has managed to still spend over $17 Million dollars.
As seen below, the two-page statement lists the former football star’s payments to lawyers, relatives, and the mothers of his children. Lousy investments, security, cars, a boat, $3.5 million in “miscellaneous” transfers, and $1.1 million in checks made out to “Cash” are also memorialized in the ledger. One indication of Vick’s, um, unorthodox financial controls can be found in the recording of a $1000 check cut to his mother Brenda Boddie in October 2006. At the time, Vick gave a brief description of the payment: “chump change.” Vick’s U.S. District Court filings also included a list of the nine cars he owns: a $73,000 Land Rover is driven by his fiancee, the woman’s mother uses a 2007 Cadillac Escalade, and Vick’s brother Marcus drives a 2007 Land Rover. A 2007 Infinity is even kept in Leavenworth, Kansas–where Vick is imprisoned–for use by his fiancee, Kijafa Frink, when she visits the federal lockup. The court records also describe Vick’s financial interest in about five horses. (Source)