NFL Fines Falcon Players For Vick Tributes

WhiteFive Atlanta Falcons players, Roddy White, Alge Crumpler, DeAngelo Hall, Chris Houston, and Joe Horn, were all fined by the NFL for violating uniform regulations with tributes to Michael Vick during a recent Monday Night Football game.

After White scored a touchdown, he displayed a “Free Mike Vick” t-shirt underneath his football jersey.

Crumpler, Hall, and Houston wore black eye strips with written tributes to Vick. The NFL said this was a violation because it “displayed an unauthorized personal message.” Hall also had a poster of Vick on the field during introductions of the players.

All four players were fined $10,000 each.

Horn pulled up White’s jersey to show the “Free Mike Vick” t-shirt and was fined $7,500.

The Atlanta Falcons lost the game that night, 34-14.

Source: Boston Globe

Photo: Associated Press

(Thanks Macushla)

30 Responses to “NFL Fines Falcon Players For Vick Tributes”

  1. mikken says:

    More of the “not responsible for my own actions” attitude.

    Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time, guys. Man up and take responsibility for what you do. Being a popular and successful athlete is not a free pass to break the law (and be a jerk).

    Someone should clue these players in - you’re suppose to *shun* the bad people, not support them.

  2. Nora and Rufus says:

    Shows the mentality of many of the other players, who more than likely also participated and were present at many of the illegal goings ons including drugs…..and had knowlege of those activites for years. Can we say INCRIMINATING?

  3. Cathy says:

    What a bunch of losers. Good for them. LOL

  4. Lynne says:

    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Vick’s fellows are certainly not judging him by the content of his character.

  5. NH says:

    What a bunch of idiots. They should be ashamed of themselves. I’m glad they got fined. I don’t think $10,000 is allot for them though. Should have been $100,000.

  6. Kevin says:

    Ignorant people do ignorant things for ignorant friends. What a bunch of losers! The fine was not stiff enough. Glad they lost the game.

    I think I saw them on the Wizard of Oz. Weren’t they the people without the brains?

  7. Pit Bull Lover says:

    Bunny the Pit Bull and I used to be *all* about ice hockey, the NHL, and no other sport or sports league was of any interest to us. I still can’t find American football at all intriguing, and I was frequently - and still am - repulsed by the players’ arrogant and ignorant behavior on and off the field. However, NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, appears to be systematically reinforcing the code of conduct now expected (and for the sake of the game, required) from its future athletes. Without totally imploding the league and sport, it appears that Goodell is being consistent and clear about the character and conduct expected also from its current players, handlers, coaches, etc.: Make some fundamental changes, or find yourselves stripped of glory, wealth, the protection of the league, or you too may end up like Michael “Ookie” Vick - shamed, nearly bankrupt, and for a period of 22 months, “crated”.

    BTW, Bunny the Pit Bull and I are convinced Vick hasn’t even begun to see the error and lack of humanity of his ways, and should be cut absolutely no slack regarding his punishment. Why? Because more than the loss of fame, wealth, or freedom, we — beloved canine and devoted human — feel the worst possible punishment of all is to never again be allowed to have the nearly indescribable comfort and joy of the other’s company. THAT would be unbearable punishment to THIS human.

    (I just don’t believe any amount of public humiliation, poverty, imprisonment, or re-education, is capable of *genuinely* instilling such character traits in a person - Michael Vick/Ookie the Dogfighter - who so clearly lacked them to begin with.)

  8. PetRescue says:

    To “Pit Bull Lover” .. I’m with you my friend and you said it all with truthfullness.. I too am glad that Goodell is sticking to his gun’s and applying the “code of conduct” with equality amongst the player’s .. And I guess for starter’s the $ 10000.00 per player was fair Goodell had to start somewhere.. At least they all get Goodell’s message..

  9. Rose says:

    Personally I’d love to see those players off that team whenever that’s possible… (no contract renewals or something). I do not want to spend time watching ANY human being athletes or otherwise who thinks it’s wrong to be punished for what Vic did. Crime=punishment NOT sympathy!

  10. Pit Bull Lover says:

    Oh, important info I left out, for those of you who don’t know, is that part of Michael Vick’s sentence is that he isn’t allowed to ever again own animals. I don’t think there’s been a peep from him bemoaning that fate. He never mentions the DOGS.

    In the movie “Because of Winn-Dixie”, there’s this “magical” candy that tastes of whatever feeling/memory the person eating it has at that time. There’s this one scene where a little girl, who wants a dog and doesn’t have one, spits the candy out and says something like:

    “Eww… That tastes bad. It tastes like not havin’ a dawg.”

  11. Denise says:

    I don’t think anyone here ijudgeing Vick by his skin color come on now. He killed and tortued dogs and had fun doing it. If I ever found out my son was doing something like this I would turn him in. He is a great athlete and has it all. He owed it to the young people that looked up to him to do much better than this. He is rich and did not have to result to killing and crulety to make money and I hope he rots in jail for what he did. I am so happy he got caught. these are very sick people and they used these dogs for some kind of preverse pleasure. I think he should have gotten 23 years. not just him anyone who feels like they can abuse animals. LOL Vick you are right where you belong and your friends too.

  12. Trey says:

    $10,000. was not enough but I am certainly glad they all were fined and will be forced to pay. Serves the b******* right. This shows what ignorant a** h**** they are. They were probably the ones on the outside of the fence cheering a dog on when they should have been the ones inside the fence beating the s*** out of eachother. I hope they loose every game. POS team!!!!!

  13. Stefani says:

    Lynn, re:

    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Thank you for posting that quote. It has come to mind over and over in this Vick business. So many people are coming out and supporting him in apparent racial solidarity, rather than judging him by the content of his LOUSY character.

    I don’t think Martin Luther King would be chanting “Free Michael Vick.” I think, if the man was sincere in his words, he would be appalled, and calling for behavior of a higher moral character.


  14. Stefani says:

    BTW, how did the fans react to this appalling display? Boo? Cheer? Stunned silence?


  15. Trey says:

    NFC South W L T Pct PF PA Home Road AFC NFC Div Streak
    y-Buccaneers 9 5 0 .643 292 218 6-1-0 3-4-0 1-3-0 8-2-0 5-0-0 Won 1
    Saints 7 7 0 .500 331 317 3-4-0 4-3-0 1-3-0 6-4-0 3-3-0 Won 2
    Panthers 6 8 0 .429 223 304 2-5-0 4-3-0 0-4-0 6-4-0 2-3-0 Won 1
    Falcons 3 11 0 .214 188 343 2-5-0 1-6-0 1-3-0 2-8-0 1-5-0 Lost 5

    NFC shows they are on a streak of loosing more than any other. Looks like they will have plenty of time to visit Mikey in prison.

  16. Trey says:


    This is how they reacted.

    Fans at Playmakers Barber Shop in Midtown said they still support Vick, because they feel he is innocent, and that he is a victim of a racist judicial system.

    Go figure?

  17. Lynn says:

    I’m sure I speak for 99% of us - it was never a race issue. But sadly Vick has managed to inflame what racial divide existed prior to the breaking news.

    Thank you Mr. Goodell for your crack down. I would suggest that you not only fine the players, but fine the team owner as well. Surely this will make the owner temper his employees, add clauses to their contracts, etc. [I hope.] But in addition to all that, I would also recommend that each time a player flaunts his support of Vick that his fine doubles from the last one. $10,000 this week, $20K next time, $40K the time after that, etc.

    For the kind of bucks these teams are paying the players they should make sure they have better control over them.

    Anyone supporting Vick is simply not cool. And anyone who thinks it is, is a colossal moron.

    I would really like to see pro-ball be played by decent role models our kids can look up to. I think Americans deserve this concession.

  18. KAEfamily says:

    $10,000? That is a penny in a bucket for Mikey. As for those football players and fans who rally behind him, they were the same who’d support any athlete who committed hideous crimes! Their children look up to those same athletes as idols. Well, look at the parents!

    Those grossly over-paid football players exist because there are big time gamblers who willingly support them.

  19. Trey says:

    You spoke for me. I am one of the 99%.

    I would also recommend that each time a player flaunts his support of Vick that his fine doubles from the last one. $10,000 this week, $20K next time, $40K the time after that, etc.


  20. Denise says:

    Hi Stefani you are so right Martin Luther King would not have liked Vicks Behavior. Vick still doesn’t get it. those dogs could have had a good life but Vick and his friends made sure they suffered. I just cringe when i think of what the little puppies thought and how trusting dogs are to have to endure that. I hope they all get what they deserve and what ever treatment they gave to the dogs may it all come back on them and I pray that it will. They are just sorry they got caught.

  21. Dee says:

    I don’t care if Vick is purple, he is still a dispicable peice of shit (I can’t call him a Human Being). I think that anyone, that is supporting him should be investigated, because I agree, that they were probably part of the murders. I’m an animal lover, but I also am a pit bull lover. I asked someone to leave my house the other day for talking bad about pit bulls. I’ve also lived in a suburb of Atlanta all my life and have tried to support the Falcons. But NO MORE!! I have totally lost all respect for the franchise, and I have also lost all respect for the NFL. Consider them boycotted in my house. I also heard today that ESPN reported, that if the NFL reinstated Vick, that the Oakland Raiders said that they would offer him a contract. Oh, and some info for you, the company “Big Dogs” is selling some great T- Shirts. Check them out at . I bought one and they have 2 more that I want. They will tell the world exactly what we think of Sick Vick and his supporters.

  22. hazel says:

    It is sad that every time a person of color commits a horrendous act….that there are those who want to claim that the very natural reaction of repugnance is racist.

    Vick is a moral slug….and the color of his skin has nothing to do with it.

    People should be judged on their actions….not the hue of their skin.

    Too many football players are coddled from junior high on and shown that they do not have to follow the same rules that the rest of society must abide by….it is no wonder that too often they act like million-dollar thugs.

  23. Bill says:

    Here’s a link to the violations:

  24. Gindy says:

    Now you know another reason why their coach left. Those dopes he had to coach were just as low on the evolutionary scale as Vick is. How can you coach “people” who don’t know right from wrong? You can’t. I would have left as well.
    And that owner, what a stupid man he is. Amass a fortune, over pay for a football franchise, watch it implode due to your own inability to judge character, and whine about it on national TV. His star player LIED to his face and he still manages to skirt around the whole issue? What a dumb ass he is.
    As for Vick, time will take care of him. He may come back to the NFL, he may not. My guess is Goodall will not want a player as tainted as Vick any where near the organization. The previous commission of football could have stopped this a long time ago but chose to keep his head buried in the sand.

  25. Sharon says:

    The karma is they lost the game. I hope all involved in this mess pay for it with their jobs eventually. If Atlanta starts losing fans, aka money, maybe they will start to “get it”. The networks showing the games need to exert a little more control over what members of the NFL do on the air and off. Boycotting Monday night football and letting them know why would be a start.

  26. kathy says:

    DOWN WITH THE WHOLE TEAM!!!!!! AND THEIR FANS!!! My grandson plays junior high football, and basketball, and track, and soccer on the side. He’s very good (his coach says even at 70 % he’s better than most at 120%). He is also an animal lover, and has a strong sense of right and wrong. I’ve seen him stop and apologize when he has knocked another player down in a soccer game, and ask if the player was okay. When he was two he said when he grew up he was going to get in the TV and play football so we could watch him, and has kept that goal up ’til now. As he gets older he is beginning to dread high school sports because according to him, most of the “star” players are gangsters, and he is starting to notice that whoever is paying the officials is getting all the calls in their favor. Looks to me like we have a much bigger problem than we know.

  27. Stefani says:

    Re: Looks to me like we have a much bigger problem than we know.

    Yes, it is some endless sense of entitlement some athletes have. We as a society have to take some responsibility for treating them like stars. They get a pass in school just so they can keep playing. Some of them don’t finish college to join the leagues. Some are paid millions and advertising deals, endorsements and women all come flying to their feet.

    They start to think they are above the law, unless they ahve had a strong upbringing. It goes to their heads and they think they are Gods, that no one should question them.

    Where this cruelty comes in on top of all that I don’t know. I don’t know how anyone could become that inhuman, even with a big head.


  28. Trey says:

    Dee says:

    December 19th, 2007 at 10:52 pm
    I don’t care if Vick is purple, he is still a dispicable peice of shit (I can’t call him a Human Being).

    YAY DEE! You described Vick perfectly.

  29. JJThomas says:

    I think anyone who sides with “vic” has a real problem. I do not believe the Devil would except him after all he did to precious animals, God loved animals, he placed them in the Garden of Eden, and god told Noah to place them on the ark two by two, every kind of animal. Actually I think being with the devil would be to good for him , he deserved a much harsher sentence, a good choice would have been to give animal shelters one half of every thing he owns. I think he’s “Trash”. Any person that can torture animals do not have a conscience, and a “Big —Bully”

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