C’est la Vie Michael Vick

25 08 2007

C’est la Vie Michael VickSo the hammer comes down… finally.

Commissioner Roger Goodell has finally responded to the Michael Vick situation, banning the star quarterback indefinitely.

“Your admitted conduct was not only illegal, but also cruel and reprehensible. Your team, the NFL, and NFL fans have all been hurt by your actions.” Goodell’s statement read.

This penalty is pretty much what I expected: it will be re-assessed once whatever prison-term Vick gets is served… but I think that it will be a few years post that before we see Michael Vick in a uniform.

Vick’s entire stance on the accepting a plea was based around trying to minimize the impact it would have on his NFL career. By not pleading guilty to either killing the dogs, or to gambling, Vick ran the risk of incurring the wrath of the judge – Henry E. Hudson… but also hoped to lessen the penalty that would be handed down by the NFL. In particular, Vick hoped to avoid any charges of ‘gambling’ by stating that although he did bankroll the gambling, he didn’t actually bet ringside on the outcomes of the dogfights. Talk about semantics.

But thankfully, Goodell wasn’t moved. In regards to trying to alleviate the damage a gambling charge would have, the Commish responded with:

“…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.”

Well… count that as a monumental error of judgment. Roger Rabbit has also declared that the Atlanta Falcons are now free to take any action they wish against Vick. I’d say that the time Vick can count himself a Falcon could be measured in hours rather than days. #7 lied to the Commish, to Arthur Blank, and to the fans. Blank released a statement basically backing up Goodell… but soon the hammer will fall there too. And when it does, expect Atlanta to try & recover some of the $22 million signing bonus they gave Vick in 2004. No income now (with the ban on attending training camp, he still had an income), and will actually end up having to pay money back to the Falcons. Guy’s in a world of hurt.

So, for now at least, Michael Vick’s career is at the very best… on hold. My opinion is that with Commissioner Goodell, Vick’s biggest mistake was lying. I’m sure that Goodell’s thought process was along the lines of “Cretin lied to me before, who the hell’s to believe him now on gambling?” … that and “lil’ creep lied to me!“.

And it’s not over. Come Monday, we have District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson hearing the plea… and will he even accept it? It is in his right to just dismiss it entirely, and send Vick to court. Or accept the plea, but not accept the recommended sentence from prosecution, and apply a harsher sentence (if that were to occur, then we’ll have to wait a while before actual sentencing). My gut feeling says the latter. I think Hudson will want to save money for John Q Public, but make an example of Michael Vick.

Michael Vick’s now a cautionary tale.

Scratch that…

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25 08 2007
mandate

Surely you would expect him to lie in that situation.He can’t really admit guilt to the commish and then plead not guilty in the court of law.

25 08 2007
withmalice

He told the Commissioner he had no part in it at all, and was totally without blame. Innocent in all things regarding this.
Pretty sure that concerning Roger Goodall, Michael Vick will be trying to reap the whirlwind…

26 08 2007
Mark Logsdon

We just don’t do accountability in the States any more. The plea is a total joke, and if the judge accepts it, the only possible reason will be, as malice says, to save the taxpayers’ money. At least Vick hasn’t claimed alchohol or drug dependency and checked himself into rehab!

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Reggie the Dog

I’d like to piss on his leg.

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26 08 2007
David Rankins

You mean to tell me all of these negative post, not one of you know and I’m not talking about Vick a person who fights dogs…come on people this stuff is still going on and he is wrong for doing it, and needs to be punished, if he had any involvement in it, but his has been going on for years and will continue to go on, he is just a big name star and they want to make money off of him…if he is so guilty why are they offering him a plea…to save taxpayers money, that’s a bunch of crap…they scared they are going to loose cause they will not be able to prove anything…oh and by the way I am not a Michael Vick fan

26 08 2007
withmalice

David… not sure I get what you mean.
You are more than entitled to your opinion, but the law courts are functioning pretty much just as they would for either you or me – if we’d committed a crime. When there are several indictments, a defendant – if agreed to by the prosecution – may cop to a lesser plea… this saves the court system time (which is a huge factor as the courts in the US are hugely backed up), and yes… it does save taxpayers’ money.
Can’t prove anything? Dude… haven’t you been reading the media at all? He’s said he was there, has agreed that he was involved… the only thing under question is to what degree. The prosecution have three of his FRIENDS who will testify as to his involvement – and other confidential witnesses. Sorry dude, but your argument not only holds no water, it has holes you could drive a truck through.
Simplified: if they “they scared they are going to loose cause they will not be able to prove anything” (lose?), then why did Michael Vick take a plea when he could’ve proven his innocence in a court of law?

I have no problem with an argument on this blog, but at least come prepared & informed. 😉

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