Michael Vick was indicted by a Federal grand jury on charges connected to illegal dog fighting. According to the Associated Press, Vick and 3 other co-defendants are charged with competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting and conducting the enterprise across state lines. If convicted, Vick could face up to 6 years in prison and $350,000 in fines and restitution.
The indictment states that the dogfighting operation was called “Bad Newz Kennels.” Investigators claim through the indictment that the dogs were housed, trained and fought at the Surry County property that is owned by Vick. The indictment claims that the dogfighting operation began way back in 2001. There are details about the alleged operation in the indictment that are downright disturbing. In April, several young dogs were cruelly executed “by hanging, drowning, and/or slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground,” for not being ready to fight, according to the indictment.
The whole mess began back in April when the FBI and local law enforcement raided Vick’s Surry County VA., home in connection with a drug investigation. 55 pit bulls, 66 K-9’s in all, were seized along with equipment used in dogfighting at the initial raid.
Vick blames the whole incident on his family, claiming they have taken advantage of his generosity. Vick isn’t the only one who could be in a lot trouble if he is convicted. The Atlanta Falcons will struggle at the quarterback position if Vick faces any sort of suspension. Joey Harrington is the back up QB in Atlanta as the former Atlanta backup Matt Schuab is now the starting QB for the Texans.
The NFL released a statement that reads: “We are disappointed that Michael Vick has put himself in a position where a federal grand jury has returned an indictment against him. We will continue to closely monitor developments in this case, and to cooperate with law enforcement authorities. The activities alleged are cruel, degrading and illegal. Michael Vick’s guilt has not yet been proven, and we believe that all concerned should allow the legal process to determine the facts. The matter will be reviewed under the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.”