Well, well, well… Michael Vick has put his NFL career in jeopardy by taking a plea bargain, and placing himself on the mercy of U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson. Details of the deal are not yet available, but it’s envisioned that prosecutors will recommend between a year to 18 months in prison, plus minor (for Vick) fines. This plea does mean however that Vick cannot face additional charges – such as the RICO charge that was thought to be looming.
Still, it is up to the Judge as to whether the deal actually gets done – it is naught but a recommendation. As mentioned in On Michael Vick, Judge Hudson has a reputation of being strict, and applying penalties towards the maximum allowed. Me?… I hope that he takes the prosecution’s plea into consideration, throws it out the window and hammers Vick with the full force his office avails him.
The NFL responded with a statement that looks like a set-up for a pretty hefty suspension.
“We totally condemn the conduct outlined in the charges, which is inconsistent with what Michael Vick previously told both our office and the Falcons.” the statement read.
I’d guess that we’re going to see a multi-year ban… but it might be either multi-year ban that effectively ends his career, or a life-time exclusion.
Arthur Blank has got to be feeling forsaken, as until Vick plead out, there’s still an element of “Mike, say it ain’t so!”. Well, Vick admitting to guilt pretty much ends that. He’s added the nomenclature of ‘dirty low-down liar’ to his list of achievements. Falcon ownership, players, coaches & fans have been betrayed, and it’s a betrayal of the lowest order.
Vick’s plea hearing will be on August 27th. I’d guess that just after that the Atlanta Falcons will act.
Whichever way that goes, Michael Vick’s career as a Falcon is done & dusted. Maybe as an NFL player as well.
Other recent commentary on Michael Vick can be found in the articles On Michael Vick, and Attention Roger Goodell: the time to act is now…
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