NFL and Falcons to Let Vick Play; First Court Date Thursday

Falcons quarterback Michael Vick will be missing on the Vickpractice field when the Falcons have their first practice next week. Vick will be in a federal courtroom to hear the charges against him for the alleged dog fighting operation that he and his crew were running out of his home in Surry County, Virgina.

The hearing is the first step in the case against Vick, and while there has been much talk about what the league and the Falcons should do to Vick in response to the charges against him, it looks for now as if both parties will just sit back and wait, and not take any action.

The league, unlike some reports that came out yesterday, is not in a position to sit Vick down at this time.  Despite the serious charges against him, this is the first time he has been charged with anything, and the league cannot do its own brand of punishment against Vick since they have already said they will only do that with repeat offenders.  For now Roger Goodell and the league almost has to let Vick play until something comes down about the case that would give the league enough to make him sit.

As for the Falcons, owner Arthur Blank is very image aware, and what is being hurled at Vick is so serious in nature that you would think they would do something against him.  For now though, they are also going to take the same approach against one of thier own, and that is to let him play and wait out the charges and soon to be trial.  As far as a trial, nothing is even expected to start for at least 4 to 6 months.       

Vick and three others must be in court next week for bond hearings and arraignments on charges contained in the indictment that was handed up Tuesday.  The men are accused of competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting, and conducting the enterprise across state lines.  As far as the punishment, it could be as heavy as six years in prison, fines of $350,000 and restitution.

And forget for now about the Falcons letting Vick go.  This season he is on the hook in Atlanta for a salary cap hit of about $6 million, and 15 million in 2008 if they release him.  Again, the Falcons and the league are in between a rock and a hard place, and the lingering of all of this is not going to go away anytime soo

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9 Responses to “NFL and Falcons to Let Vick Play; First Court Date Thursday”

  1. Roger says:

    Michael Vick is a disgrace to the Falcons and to the NFL. If he is allowed to continue making millions of dollars playing football and giving endorsements, I for one will never watch or attend another NFL game.
    If the Falcons and the NFL don’t stand up and show some balls, they will send a message to the world that they endorse this cruel and animalistic behavior by thier athletes.

  2. KIM says:



  3. RICK FLOHR says:

    Having Vick play maybe a positive idea for animal rights activists as it will provide a good venue to demonstrate against animal cruelty.
    Bring your signs to the game.
    I am sure the ESPN, NFL and other networks may broadcast waving signs in the bleachers and outside the stadium around the world and show that
    inhumane behavior is not acceptable in the US public opinion.

  4. Barb says:

    Michael Vick deserves to be banished from the world of football. You have thousand of young children and teenage boys that look up to professional football players and you are going to let this IDIOT play football.

    The big ole green dollar means more to you suits then ethics. Remember that word Ethics? Where are your Ethics, where are your souls……….oh I forgot in the money trap like so many other suits.

  5. Judy Hogue says:

    The people that wants Vick to play football must not care one little bit for the poor dogs that was killed by the way that no man or animal should not to be done that way. They also must not care for the kids that have loved him for the way he played football and now that might grow up wanted to be just like Mike, just the wrong Mike, huh?

    What I thought was such bad taste was when Vick said the the people loved him and will love him no matter what he has done. He thought that Mr. Blank will let him play and earn all the money he was and the people will go on and love him even it he was such a bad person.

    Can any one think how bad it is to hold a dog and hold the dogs head under water and drown them with no thought how bad that is. How can any one go on and love a man that can do that with no thought of the pain those dogs were going though by being killed a very slow way of dying. No I cannot even think of it, I could never care for a human that could do that and go on laughing like it was a piece of trash and not a living breathing animal.

    I would like to know those people that thinks he should still play football and know what kind of person they are. They are not the type of humans I want to know, how about you?

  6. chadd litchert says:

    He said srry so that is all that matters to me