The pace of the Michael Vick case seems to be picking up steam; according to sources knowledgeable of the case and its inner workings and reported by Bill Rankin and D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, attorneys for Falcons quarterback Michael Vick on Tuesday were seeking a plea deal that would hopefully reduce his prison time served and allow him to save his NFL career, as well.
Beginning early next week, a grand jury will begin hearing new allegations against Vick in Richmond, VA. What this means is that Vick is going to have to secure a deal by weeks’ end or face more serious charges, which in and of itself is going to be a challenge. Team Vick not only has to negotiate with the U.S. Attorney’s office, but also with the NFL. If for whatever reason Vick cannot secure a plea deal that saves his career, then he could possibly take the case to trial. But this isn’t without risk; if convicted, Vick faces a lengthy stint behind bars.
Vick’s attorney, Dan Meachum, on Tuesday declined to talk about the ongoing negotiations in the case. However, he told the Journal-Constitution, “I stand by Michael Vick. He’s a good kid in a bad situation. I’m a dog owner, a dog lover. I would not be involved in this case if I didn’t believe in him.” Yeah sure Dan – whatever. Here is what Vick is currently facing: he stands to be indicted on one count of conspiracy to cross state lines to engage in illegal gambling, sponsoring a dog on an animal fighting venture, and buying, transporting and receiving dogs for illegal animal fighting. The maximum penalty for for the conspiracy charge is 5 years; however, if Vick pled gulty ot that charge, he would face no more than a year in prison, according to federal guidelines.
One thing that comes to my mind immediately – which may or may not seal Vick’s fate – is this: will Vick listen and heed his defense team’s recommendations? Or will he be an idiot like Pacman Jones and do something that will end his NFL career permanently? Hard to say right now, but I know that Vick’s deadline to get a deal in place is very short, so do not be surprised if some resolution to this case is coming some time this week. I expect Vick, when all is said and done, to wind up being a QB in some other football league – after he has served whatever prison time is given to him. Mike, it was a fun ride. But you made your bed now you have to sleep in it.