Report: Vick not playing organized football in Kansas prison

Updated: April 8, 2008, 5:17 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Michael Vick might be tossing a football around in prison, but according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it's far from organized.

In an interview with the New York Daily News on Monday, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Vick is playing ball in prison to keep his body in shape, his arm limber and to pass the time.

"Apparently, there was a prison football team and he played quarterback for both sides," Blank told the Daily News.

However, federal prison officials told the Journal-Constitution that Vick did not arrive at the Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary Camp in time to participate in the facility's football season.

When told of Blank's account of Vick's football activity at the prison, a spokesman for Leavenworth sounded "incredulous," according to the Journal-Constitution.

"I don't know what you're talking about," Kevin Johnson told the newspaper.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons told the Journal-Constitution, however, that Vick might be throwing a football in his free time.

"It's not unheard of for inmates to toss around a football," spokesperson Tracy Billingsley told the newspaper. "But there just are no games until the fall."

She also clarified to the newspaper that the inmates play only flag football at the facility.

Vick is serving a 23-month prison term after pleading guilty last August to a federal dogfighting conspiracy. Vick, who was sentenced in December, is projected to be released in July 2009.

Blank, through a spokesperson, declined to be interviewed by the Journal-Constitution.