In a move that should not come as much of a shock to anyone that is aware of the NFL’s new stances, Yahoo’s Jason Cole is reporting that Falcons QB Michael Vick will be suspended by the NFL following his indictment. Vick was handed charges on Tuesday related to dog fighting and running a dog fighting ring on his property in Surry County, Virgina. Cole states that commish Roger Goodell, who met with Vick in April, has been watching the situation carefully.
Cole quoted a league source in the article stating: “Where (Vick) is in the most trouble is that he lied to the commissioner,” the league source said. “He told (Goodell) in April that he didn’t know anything about this. The commissioner gave (Vick) every chance to come clean, be straight about what was going on. Instead, he just kept denying it.”
What will happen now is anyone’s guess. I would expect the league to sit back awhile and wait to see how fast things move, then make a decision on when and for what amount of time to suspend Vick. Of course the president of the US Humane Society is telling Goodell to take immediate action, but no group is going to tell the NFL what to do at this point.
Vick has made his own bed, and now he will be forced to lie in it. The basic story is that the Falcons put their trust in a man that was running a sick and twisted activity on his property that would land anyone in jail for a considerable amount of time. How Vick thought he would get away with this forever is almost laughable. He has continued to put a black eye on the league, the Falcons, and himself with stupid acts like the double middle fingers at his own fans, the whole “Ron Mexico” fiasco, the “water” bottle at Miami airport, and now this.
Atlanta has to do whatever it can to protect itself, and it may be wise to simply right now distance themselves from Vick and this whole case. While they will no do anything drastic like release him, they are not going to go out of their way to send “best wishes” cards to him either. Vick will have to pay for his crimes at somepoint. It’s just a shame that the Falcons and the league are going to have to be dragged down with him to some extent.