Two more co-defendants in the Michael Vick dogfighting case are accepting plea agreements this week and more than likely will testify against the Atlanta Falcons quarterback. A hearing for Purnell Peace is set for early Thursday. Quanis L. Phillips has a hearing set for Friday morning, both in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Virginia before District Judge Henry E. Hudson. Last month, a third co-defendant Tony Taylor accepted a deal after entering a guilty plea. That agreement assures Taylor will testify against the other defendants in the case. And ESPN is reporting that Vick himself has until Friday to accept a guilty plea or face a possible superceding indictment that may contain additional charges. Collins R. Spencer III, a spokesman for Vick’s defense team, said the lawyers were surprised by the plea deals. He said although they assumed the two agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, it would not affect the way Vick’s lawyers proceed. “We’re moving forward with taking the case to trial on Nov. 26,” he said.
Meantime, the New Order of National Human Rights Organization is urging black athletes to show their support for Vick by boycotting football games at the high school, college and professional levels. In an open letter to black athletes, the organization is asking black high school athletes not to play on Friday night. Black athletes in the NCAA are urged to skip their opening game. And NFL players are asked to sit out Sunday. The group says racism is behind the troubles of black athletes such as O.J. Simpson, Kobe Bryant, Barry Bonds and now Michael Vick who faces federal dog fighting charges. The open letter tells black athletes that they have the power to change the face or racism over night.