NFL Suspends Vick Indefinitely For Financing Dog Fights

GoodellThe NFL has indefinitely suspended Michael Vick without pay after he filed and signed court documents that admitted that he financed the dog fighting operation, Bad Newz Kennels, and that he helped kill some dogs that did not perform well in the testing session.

But Vick said he did not place bets of his own or take any of the winnings from the dog fights.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (pictured here) said Vick’s admitted conduct was “not only illegal but also cruel and reprehensible”. Goodell also said that regardless whether he personally placed bets, “your actions in funding the betting and your association with illegal gambling both violate the terms of your NFL player contract and expose you to corrupting influences in derogation of one of the most fundamental responsibilities of an NFL player.”

Goodell allowed the Falcons to “assert any claims or remedies” to recover $22 million of Vick’s signing bonus from the 10-year, $130 million contract he signed in 2004.

Goodell didn’t speak to Vick but based his decision on the court documents. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Goodell may meet with Vick in the future. He would review Vick’s suspension after all of the legal proceedings.

“You have engaged in conduct detrimental to the welfare of the NFL and have violated the league’s personal conduct policy. You are now justifiably facing consequences for the decisions you made and the conduct in which you engaged. Your career, freedom and public standing are now in the most serious jeopardy. I hope that you will be able to learn from this difficult experience and emerge from it better prepared to act responsibly and to make the kinds of choices that are expected of a conscientious and law abiding citizen,” Goodell wrote in a letter to Vick.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank supported Goodell’s decision and said:

“We hope that Michael will use this time, not only to further address his legal matters, but to take positive steps to improve his personal life.”

Also, Nike said it has terminated its contract with Vick. In a statement, Nike cited the “abhorrent” dog-fighting enterprise known as “Bad Newz Kennels,” which Vick helped finance and operate from 2001 through April 2007.

Source: NFL.com, Yahoo News

(Thanks Lynn)

18 Responses to “NFL Suspends Vick Indefinitely For Financing Dog Fights”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Kudos to Mssrs. Goodell and Blank. Mr. Goodell’s ruling and Mr. Blank’s support thereof exhibit honor and integrity, and show them to be men of high moral values and character. Hopefully *all* persons affiliated with professional sports will follow their example.

  2. Jenny Bark says:

    Anonymous I agree with you 110%.

  3. nora says:

    Thank you Mr. Goodell for taking the high road and not sucumbing to the scumbags who attempted to sway your good judgemento on this issue.

  4. Sindy says:

    “but he didn’t gamble” sounds just like “only 16 pets died”.
    The spin doctors are learning their craft.
    Kudos to Mr. Goodell, he used his head and common sense like everyone should do.

  5. straybaby says:

    annnnnnnd! Nike dumps him!

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

  6. Lynn says:

    Thank you Mr. Goodell and Mr. Blank for your separate decisions to disassociate with Michael Vick.

  7. Lynn says:

    Thank you Nike for your action in terminating your contract with Michael Vick.

  8. JB says:

    I must say I am surprised by this decision…pleasantly surprised. I really didn’t think the NFL would suspend him even after all of this. I am so happy to see Roger Goodell, the NFL, and Nike actually put morals ahead of money.

  9. Bane says:

    Well, the NFL officials have done the right thing, but the individual players’ support of Vick still makes me ill.

  10. catmom5 says:

    I applaud Mr Goodell, Mr Blank and NIKE for doing the RIGHT thing! Agreed that it’s very disturbing how much support there still is among the players and certain “entertainers”.

  11. pam says:

    don’t celebrate so soon…he was only suspended indefinitely without pay. he should have been BANNED FOR LIFE!!! the way it is now, he can serve his time and some team can still hire him. BANNED FOR LIFE is the way to go.

  12. Velvet's Dad says:

    Kudos to Goodell and to Blank for supporting the decision. However, Vick should be banned for life from the NFL, serve prison time, then complete his sentence with community service in animal welfare. The strong Goodell statement should serve as a warning to others.

  13. Velvet's Dad says:

    IT LOOKS LIKE BAD NEWZ FOR MICHAEL VICK, JUST LIKE HIS KENNEL NAME AND HE DESERVES EVERYTHING HE GETS. HE HAS NOONE TO BLAME BUT HIMSELF AND SAYING HE IS SORRY WILL NOT BRING BACK THE DOGS THAT WERE KILLED BY HIS HANDS. HE IS GOING TO HELL!

  14. keciacat says:

    Another perspective:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/.....id=2990177

  15. Debi says:

    Pam, if another team hires the scumbag, how will ticket sales go for that team???? even hard-seasoned, die hard football fans may make that decision by another team, one that they may regret.
    Go Goodell and Blank, wish they read the Itchmo site!

  16. CINDY WALSH says:

    I WROTE THE COMMENT ABOUT MICHAEL VICK GOING TO HELL, NOT VELVET’S DAD. I WOULD LIKE MY NAME PUT ON MY COMMENT, AFTERALL I WROTE IT. THANKYOU CINDY WALSH

  17. Lynn says:

    Debi,

    If Goodell’s and Blank’s PR people are worth half their salt, they do read this website. This is where they can take the pulse of the pet lover and understand the “worst case scenario.” Let’s face it, in order for them to do good damage control, they need to understand where we’re coming from.

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