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Atlanta Falcon QB Michael Vick indicted on Federal Charges

They are related to the dogfighting investigation that has been underway the last few months.

RICHMOND, Va. – Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on charges related to illegal dogfighting. Vick and three others were charged with violating federal laws against competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting and conducting the enterprise across state lines.

The indictment alleges that Vick and his co-defendants began sponsoring dogfighting in early 2001, the former Virginia Tech star’s rookie year with the Falcons.

It accuses Vick, Purnell A. Peace, Quanis L. Phillips and Tony Taylor of “knowingly sponsoring and exhibiting an animal fighting venture,” of conducting a business enterprise involving gambling, as well as buying, transporting and receiving dogs for the purposes of an animal fighting venture.

If I were to make a guess, Vick will be suspended by the NFL till these charges are settled one way or another. Commissioner Roger Goodell has shown little mercy to players who get into serious trouble. If Goodell is to be consistent, he’ll have to take action on Vick also.

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It is a real shame. It seems that Michael Vick may be just another guy who can’t get away from his roots.

Bye, Michael. We liked to see you play, but if these stories are true, there is not place for you in Professional Football.

I really hate it when I see a guy with so much talent just throw it away. And one wonders, for what?

Posted by John Dix | July 17, 2007 | 06:35 pm | Permalink

I don’t think any person who would use his fame and fortune to inflict this kind and inhuman, barbaric agony on another living soul should be allowed to live life outside a cement cell. Michael Vick has been blessed with a charmed life and is a coward if he blames his past or his roots for â??actionsâ??. If he is doing this to animals I can only imagine what he has thought of doing, or has done to people. He should be a man and admit to what he did and take the punishment for it, regardless of his roots. He is responsible for his life just like the rest of us regardless of whether or not he plays in the NFL. Is the NFL a free pass to do whatever you want and not be punished for it? He has caused a lot of blood to shed and let a lot of fans down and if there is any justice he will be stripped of his fame and fortune and be locked up.

Posted by Stella Johnson | July 23, 2007 | 06:21 pm | Permalink

Micael Vick should be executed. No punishment will be enough for animal abuse

Posted by terry | July 25, 2007 | 09:46 pm | Permalink

Although you are innocent until proven guilty, if Mic Vick is found to be guilty – I will never consider him a role model or NFL super star again!

Signed, your #1 Fan

Posted by #1 Fan | August 14, 2007 | 06:52 pm | Permalink

How can the CEOs of the companies that support the NFL and the Atlanta Falcons feel the
heat of Vick’s actions?

Posted by dexter47 | August 20, 2007 | 10:25 pm | Permalink

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