Today may be the turning point in the Michael Vick dogfighting case. A source with direct knowledge acknowledged and Michael Schmidt of the New York Times reports that defense attorneys for the Falcons quarterback are advising him to accept a plea deal as soon as possible. Vick reportedly until 9:00 AM (Eastern time) to accept any plea deal offered to him, with the likely recommendation form the prosecutors being that Vick serve anywhere from one to two years in jail. Now it looks like a decision must be reached by the end of the day.
If Vick does not choose to accept the plea deal, then more charges against him will be forthcoming; Vick currently faces 3 charges related to dogfighting and could face up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. I would say if he is smart, Vick accepts the plea deal, serve his time, then continue his football career (what’s left of it) in a football league that doesn’t start with National Football in the title. Meanwhile, the league commissioner, Roger Goodell, has plenty of options available to him.
Assuming Vick accepts a plea deal, the league would be on surer footing as the league can suspend Vick for violating the league conduct policy. On the other hand, it would be difficult for the league to suspend Vick if he hasn’t admitted to or been convicted of any crimes. But no matter the result, Goodell has the power to impose a penalty that is fitting of the circumstances in this case. In an email to the New York Times, league spokesman Greg Aiello said, “We are not in discussion with anyone about his possible suspension. The commissioner cannot make a decision until he has the report from Eric Holder. So we do not have a timetable on making a decision.” To keep you up to speed, Mr. Holder is a former deputy attorney general who was appointed by Goodell ot investigate the Vick case and make a penalty recommendation; the only thing holding Holder back is that he only has public documents at his disposal.
Another thing that is interesting in this case is that Vick is the last defendant in the case. According to legal experts, this usually means that by being the lastr defendant, Vick is the most likely to receive the harshest penalty handed down. So we have different scenarios in play here and it is quite possible that we may have some closure in the Michael Vick case, as early as today. Continue to visit NFL GRIDIRON GAB for the most up-to-date developments in this case.