Falcons QB Michael Vick must either have lost his mind, or must really think that he can beat the system. Why else would the QB, who faces multiple charges for his role in a dogfighting ring, be still talking and not making a plea deal. Many, including Falcons owner Arthur Blank, thought that Vick would accept a plea deal in order to try and avoid a longer time in prison. The early word is that with a plea deal, Vick would still get 12 to 18 months in prison, as compared to the 5 years that he could get for those charges that were levied against him.
As of Saturday, Vick was still going back and forth trying to figure out if he would accept the deal, or push this thing to a trial, that would be set to start on November 26th. Vick may still accept a plea deal on Monday, but the longer he waits, the more head scratching seems to be taking place as to why Vick would not just accept a deal and try and move on with what is coming down the pike. A U.S. District Court grand jury will convene on Monday to consider additional charges against Vick, that could include racketeering charges. That charge would also increase his potential sentence.
As far as his NFL career is concerned, that is on the back burner, as while Vick has been active in talking to teammates, everyone knows that in order to be on the playing field, you can be in an orange jumpsuit, and if things go as it looks like they are going to, Vick is going to be spending some decent amount of time behind bars. Plus there is the backlash that is coming, as even Falcons owner Blank no longer seems like a Vick fan these days with some of the comments he has made.
So for now, it’s a wait and see as to how Vick handles this situation. While many are telling him to take the deal, start rebuilding your image, and move on with your life, that is easier said than done. In the end though it might be the smartest and the best choice that Vick makes in trying to get his damaged life back in order.