The long awaited suspension of Falcons QB Michael Vick is coming according to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, as he is reporting that Vick will be getting his suspension handed to him likely in the next two weeks by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The source says that Vick will be suspended for the entire 2007 season. “That’s the direction it’s going and has been from the time this started,” one of the sources said on the site.
Cole says that it’s unclear if Vick will be allowed to return to the Falcons this year if he is acquitted in his dog fighting trial which is set to start in late November. The source went on to state: “The plan was to make sure it was announced before the season. Given what everybody has seen from what (league) security found and what the feds are telling us, there’s really no choice.”
The deal is that the league does not want the black eye of Vick hanging of it into the 2007 season, which is why the commish wants to take care of the situation sooner rather than later. The story says if the league can take care of the matter now, then it can start the process of moving forward and no longer will Vick be all that much of a distraction until his November trial starts.
One big thing the NFL has to do when it hands down the suspension is make sure they get the wording of the suspension right. As unreal as it sounds, some say that Vick could escape punishment due to the fact that this is the first time he has been charged with a crime. Of course if you look at the crime he’s charged with, along with the fact that there was clearly gambling involved, the league should have every right to do what they feel they have to do.
“Listen, we’re sickened by the allegations and the predicament Michael put himself in,” Goodell said. “But there are a lot of things in the indictment that concern the NFL that may not be of a greater concern from a law enforcement standpoint.” If it turns out that Vick gets charged with gambling, he can be banned for life. Right now though, the bigger story in general is that Vick will be fighting for his freedom in court in a few months, and he won’t get a chance to be on the playing field at all in 2007.