NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) _ A school official at Michael Vick's
high school says Vick's old jersey has been removed from school's
trophy case because of his guilty plea to federal dogfighting
Vick starred at Warwick High in Newport News, Virginia, before
achieving fame at Virginia Tech and with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.
The suspended quarterback faces up to five years in federal prison
when he is sentenced December 10th for running a dogfighting
enterprise on his Surry County property.
A woman who answered the telephone at Warwick Principal Varinda
Robinson's office referred questions to Michelle Price, a
spokeswoman for the Newport News Public Schools. Price said the
jersey was removed shortly after Vick entered his guilty plea in
She said Robinson discussed the matter with other administrators
at the school, but the decision ultimately was the principal's.
Price said school officials received no outside pressure to
remove the jersey, deciding on their own that ``it was the right
thing to do.'' She said many of the school's nearly 2,000 students
probably haven't even noticed the jersey's absence.
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