A federal grand jury has indicted Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in an investigation into illegal dog fighting.
Three others have been charged with violating federal laws against 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 sponsoring dog fighting back in early 2001, Vick'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, as well as buying, transporting and receiving dogs for the purposes of an animal fighting venture.
Back in April, police seized 66 dogs, including 55 pit bulls, and equipment commonly used in dogfighting from Vick's home in Surry County, Virginia.
Vick has said he no knowledge of any dog fighting at his home. He said relatives used the home when he was not there.