Dog Fighting Indictment Forces Vick To Stay Away From Training Camp


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 league’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.

“While 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,” Goodell said in a letter to the quarterback.

Source: MSNBC

(Thanks Pit Bull Lover)

10 Responses to “Dog Fighting Indictment Forces Vick To Stay Away From Training Camp”

  1. John Sibley says:

    Finally, the NFL responds. Great that they suspended him, but… with pay!?

  2. straybaby says:

    excellent! i’m glad the league is acting over the owner. it should be about the league’s policies not individual teams. aka, across the board unacceptable or not . . .

    as much as i don’t like him getting paid, i’ll take his pre-season pay over him on the field. small price to pay to send a very good message.

  3. Lynn says:

    If you didn’t read it a couple days ago, here’s a link to an article by Mark Starr, Newsweek’s National Sports Correspondent.

    Make sure to read the third page, specifically the final paragraph in which Starr writes of Falcons owner Blank and his mother.
    “Blank and his mother were one of the featured subjects (as was Virgin king Richard Branson and my brother, Billy Starr). Molly Blank was a remarkable woman, who took over the family business, a small pharmacy, after her husband died when Arthur was a teenager and transformed it into a multimillion-dollar wholesale business. She was a feisty, opinionated, engaging and high-minded woman. Recalling that film, I have some notion of how she might feel about this Michael Vick affair. Now it’s the son’s call.”

  4. straybaby says:

    Drew Carey on Letterman:

    talking soccer, but interjected with something along the lines of ‘if Vick plays football this year, I’m not watching football’

    audience supports that statement.

  5. jojo says:

    vick should never play again. these charges must be true because he has not said 1 word nor his lawyers. how the hell does he sleep at night with the way he killed them dogs. guess he throught he was a real big shot with all his money. Vick u are a P-U-N-K !!!!!!!!!!!!!! how can he play football,most players have dogs,the fans have dogs how can he show his face at a game ????????

  6. Roberto P. says:

    Comcast news had an article from AP yesterday about protestors at the Falcons training camp. Some moron said that if Vick had a winning season, all this would be forgotten. A few days ago I sent Goodell an email asking him why Pacman Jones biting someone’s ankle was more serious than dogfighting. I’m glad he’s decided not to wait for the court decision.

  7. Debi says:

    how do you say hate in a million different languages? Micheal Dick the “Barbarian”

  8. CGP says:

    I think the public outrage over this is forcing the NFL’s hand to some extent. What disturbs me is that so many are saying he shouldn’t play because it is a “distraction” from the game. He shouldn’t play because he is accused of a very serious crime. Teachers and police officers are held to a very high standard in matters of misconduct - why not a football player who represents a team, a city, and is the role model for millions of children?

  9. pam says:

    i’ve written letters to the head of the nfl and nike voicing my disgust over vick. no football and nike products in this house until vick is fired.

  10. Katie says:

    I am glad the NFL is paying attention to how the public feels and perhaps some of the sponsors have laid on some heat.


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