Vick visits probation officer, ignores media gathered outside courthouse

NORFOLK, Va. -- Michael Vick met with probation officials on Friday for the second time in the two days he's been home from prison and prepared to begin a $10-an-hour construction job after the holiday weekend.

Wearing jeans, a light blue shirt and navy blue blazer, the suspended Atlanta Falcons star quarterback looked straight ahead as he entered the federal courthouse, escorted by his fiancee and a member of his security team. He was joined inside by his lawyer, Lawrence Woodward.

The meeting lasted nearly an hour. He later met with attorneys in Surry County, where the dogfighting operation was discovered, before returning to his home in Hampton.

Vick arrived home on Thursday after a 1,200-mile car trip from Leavenworth, Kan., and within hours he had his first meeting with probation officials, who fitted him with an electronic monitor. Vick must wear the device during his two-month home confinement, which will complete his 23-month sentence for operating a dogfighting ring.

Vick arrived at the courthouse in the passenger seat of a Range Rover driven by his fiancee, Kijafa Frink. She let him out near the front door and Vick walked silently past waiting cameras and reporters, ignoring questions about his first day home and his plans.

Vick had previously met with probation officials. They came to his house on Thursday to equip him with an electronic monitor so they can track his movements until he is released from federal custody on July 20. The monitor was not visible under his clothes at the courthouse.

Vick had managed to remain mostly out of sight since returning home in a van equipped with blackout curtains.

But now that he has been outfitted with the electronic monitor, federal officials probably won't be the only ones watching his movements.

As his first day at home wore on, Vick may have gotten a taste of what's ahead.

One man twice ignored the "Private property. No trespassing" signs and rang the doorbell, telling family members over an intercom that he had come to pray with and minister the fallen star. Another visitor wanting to see Vick claimed to be a friend of a friend named "Flattop." He, too, was turned away, but shouted "I love you, Mike" before leaving the porch, then immediately called a friend to boast he had just spoken with Vick.

Surrounded by family members and supporters celebrating his return, Vick also still had the security team that accompanied him on the trip looking out for him on Thursday.

Vick is likely to continue to encounter people who say he deserves a second chance as well as those who believe his crimes were so egregious that he should never be allowed to play again.

"It's really inhumane what he did," said Shaun Brantley, 30, of Chesapeake, who spent hours outside Vick's home Thursday with his pit bull. "He deserves a whole lot more than what he got."

There has been no word directly from Vick, and there may not be for days.

Woodward accompanied the probation officers to the home and explained afterward that Vick remains a federal inmate and can't speak to the media without permission from the Bureau of Prisons.

Efforts to get permission are under way, Woodward said, but he gave no further information.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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