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- The Virginian-Pilot
© May 12, 2007 | Last updated 10:20 AM May. 12
NFL star Michael Vick sold his rural Surry County home this week at a cut-rate price as an investigation continued into whether the property supported a large dog-fighting operation - and if Vick knew about it.
The gated white house and its 15 acres - valued at $747,000 in county records - went on sale Wednesday morning for $350,000 and was sold later that day, said John Brooks, a Virginia Beach Realtor who was contacted to help with the sale.
Brooks did not make the deal and said he did not know who bought the home at 1915 Moonlight Road. He didn't get a chance to show the house before Vick's representatives sold it by owner, he said.
"By the time that my name was put on the sign out there, there was a contract," Brooks said Friday.
The deal had not been recorded as of the close of business Friday in Surry County Circuit Court.
The investigation began three weeks ago when authorities found more than 50 pit bulls and items associated with dog-fighting at the house. Police went there with a search warrant for drugs after the arrest in Hampton of Davon Boddie, a cousin of Vick's who lives at the house.
Vick has said that he is never at the house and has denied knowing about activities there. However, more names of Vick associates have surfaced in connection to the kennel operation found at the Moonlight Road house.
Vick, who played at Virginia Tech and Warwick High School in Newport News, could face disciplinary action from the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell, who already has suspended two players for next season, met with Vick two weeks ago in New York to discuss his off-field issues.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday that Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank was concerned that Vick could be suspended under a new player-conduct policy that does not require criminal charges or convictions before handing out punishment.
Organized dog-fighting is a felony in Virginia punishable by up to five years in prison.
Surry County records show that kennel licenses were purchased for the Moonlight Road home in 2004 and 2006 in the name of Tony Taylor.
Taylor was also listed as the registered agent for MV7 LLC when it organized in June 2002 at the Moonlight Road address. Lawrence H. Woodward Jr., Vick's attorney, is MV7's current registered agent. Vick wears No. 7 for the Falcons.
Taylor and Woodward declined to comment Friday.
MV7 is listed as the contact on the Web site for "Vicks' K-9 Kennels," which says it breeds pit bulls for sale. The Web site says: "We do not promote, support, or raise dogs for fighting and will not knowingly sell, give, or trade any dog that may be used for fighting."
Charles W. Reamon Jr., the nephew of Vick's former high school coach, paid the $50 fee to renew the Moonlight Road kennel license in January 2006.
Reamon's uncle, Tommy Reamon, coached Vick during his career at Warwick. Tommy Reamon described his nephew as "a good boy" who works for Vick.
"He's an assistant to Michael," Reamon said. "He does work for his family, taking care of deals."
Tommy Reamon, a former NFL player and currently the Gloucester High football coach, said he is still a close confidant of Vick's.
"We're all saddened by this, and Michael is more saddened than anybody else," Reamon said. "Michael is hurting."
Charles Reamon has been arrested twice on charges related to airport security. In 2002, he was one of 21 Norfolk International Airport employees charged with lying about their criminal records on security-clearance applications in a federal sting operation called "Operation Plane View."
Reamon had worked as a Delta Airline baggage handler. Court records do not show what his prior offense was.
In the wake of the sting, Reamon pleaded guilty to entering an aircraft or airport area in violation of security requirements and was fined $100. Before his guilty plea, he told a federal judge that he was a "financial advisor" to Vick.
Last August, Reamon was arrested in Newport News for carrying a gun in an airport. He was found guilty in October and received a six-month suspended sentence.
The names of two other men associated with Vick are also connected to the Vicks' K-9 Kennels Web site.
Brian Alston is listed as the technical contact for the Web site, and as the technical contact for Vick's personal Web site, mikevick.com.
Quanis Phillips is listed as a contact to call to buy a dog. A Washington Post article in 2005 had Vick identifying Phillips as a longtime friend.
A phone number listed for Phillips was out of service and Alston's was incorrect.
No charges have been filed in the case, but the dogs seized from the property are being held as evidence.
Surry County Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald Poindexter said he would not rush the case: "We're not going to be driven by the fact of what people want us to do.... We're not going to be involved in a witchhunt."
News researcher Jakon Hays and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.
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