Michael Vick has been ordered by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to stay away from the Atlanta Falcons training camp (which starts on Thursday) until the league reviews the dogfighting charges against him. Many have criticized the NFL of a double standard when treating atheletes who face charges, but have yet to go to trial. (Read our full Vick dog fighting coverage.)
The NFL said that Vick would still get his preseason pay and the commissioner told the Falcons to hold off on any disciplinary action of their own until the leagueâ€™s review of his involvement in dog fighting was completed.
Goodell told Vick the NFL would complete its dog fighting investigation as quickly as possible and that he expected full cooperation.
â€œWhile it is for the criminal justice system to determine your guilt or innocence, it is my responsibility as commissioner of the National Football League to determine whether your conduct, even if not criminal, nonetheless violated league policies, including the Personal Conduct Policy,â€ Goodell said in a letter to the quarterback.
(Thanks Pit Bull Lover)