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NFL fines 5 Atlanta Falcons for Michael Vick tributes

They either wore eye strips or a t-shirt in response to their teammate being sentenced to twenty-three months in jail. From AP-

NEW YORK – Roddy White and four other Atlanta Falcons were fined by the NFL for violating uniform regulations with tributes to Michael Vick during last week’s Monday night game.

Vick, Atlanta’s suspended Pro Bowl quarterback, was sentenced to 23 months in prison on federal dogfighting charges the morning of Dec. 10. The Falcons played at home against New Orleans that night.

After scoring a touchdown, White displayed a “Free Mike Vick” T-shirt under his jersey.

He, along with tight end Alge Crumpler and cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Chris Houston, were fined $10,000 each. Crumpler, Hall and Houston all wore black eye strips with written tributes to Vick, which the league called “displaying an unauthorized personal message.”

Wide receiver Joe Horn was fined $7,500 for pulling up White’s jersey to show the black T-shirt with handwritten white lettering. The fines were confirmed Tuesday by NFL spokesman Randall Liu.

How many people could have seen the eye strips?

I think Vick got off lightly for the crimes he committed. His teammates defense of him is dumb to say the least, but was this display of loyalty really unexpected? I’m sure Vick has other supporters in the league.

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