Knowing that the league is letting it be up to them, and realzing that they have to do something, the Falcons are going to take action against quarterback Michael Vick by the end of the day Tuesday. Peter King of CNN/SI reports that Falcons owner Arthur Blank, the biggest Vick supporter there is, spent Sunday at his ranch in Montana going over possible punishments to hand down against the franchise player.
There has been an outcry from fans and animal lovers across the country that Vick should be suspended asap and not allowed to take part in any of the Falcons upcoming training camp practices or games. Vick is to be in court on Thursday, the first day of Falcons camp, to officially hear the charges against he and three other men in their role in a dog fighting operation in Virgina.
The Falcons training camp has already been threatened by PETA (People for the ethical treatment of Animals) that they will march to protest Vick’s actions. For sure this is not the way that Atlatna wanted to kick off the 2007 season. King writes there is even concern for Vick’s and the other players safety, and that the team would have to spend quite a bit of dough to make sure things don’t get totally out of hand at the camp. “The work would get done, but I can’t imagine getting booed at your own training camp,” a Falcon player told King. “I guess you’d get used to it, but I don’t know.”
Blank is simply going to have to do the right thing for his team, and sit Vick down. Not let him attend camp and make sure that his team with a new head coach can start to get down to business to getting ready for the 2007 season. With Vick there, on the field or not, the team is going to have one of the biggest black clouds over its head in league history. Blank can continue to be a fan of Vick and believe what he wants about the case, but as for right now, he really has no choice and has to make sure for the rest of the organization that Vick is nowhere to be found once practice starts.