CHRISTIANSBURG, Va., April 10 (UPI) -- A judge ordered the arrest of former Virginia Tech football player Marcus Vick, who has repeatedly failed to appear for court hearings on a debt.
In January, Vick, 29, was found in contempt of court and ordered to spend five days in a jail for not relinquishing financial documents, The Roanoke Times reported Wednesday.
In September 2008, Vick signed a promissory note for $40,000 connected to a civil matter but has not paid the paid. Plaintiff Barbara Ferguson has periodically sought his financial statements, said Kris Olin, Ferguson's lawyer.
Vick has not paid any of the note, which is now close to $90,000 with interest and attorney fees, said Olin.
In September 2008, Vick agreed to settle a $6.3 million lawsuit filed by "Jane Doe," a Christiansburg teenager who claimed psychological trauma after having had a two-year sexual relationship with the former football player that began in January 2004, when she was 15 and he was 19.
Vick, the younger brother of Michael Vick, the former Hokie star and the current Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, in 2005 was Tech's starting quarterback but was thrown off the team in 2006 for on- and off-field issues.
Vick was supposed to appear Monday in circuit court in Christiansburg to explain why he did not show up to a February hearing and why he has not paid attorney fees, the Times reported.
"Instead of punishing him with more attorney fees and more jail time, the judge entered an [order] for his arrest," Olin said after meeting with Vick's lawyer, Jimmy Turk, and the circuit court judge in the case, Brett Geisler. "Once he's picked up, he'll stay in jail until the judge can get from Carroll County to Montgomery County."
Vick previously told the court he was living in the Atlanta area. Olin said it's his understanding Vick will not be extradited to Virginia if he is arrested in Georgia.
"If he comes here in Virginia, and gets stopped for any reason, whether it's a traffic violation or he has some crime or a law enforcement agent runs into him, he'll be arrested immediately," Olin said.