Michael Vick, the suppose to be so great quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury. In order to read the actual indictment you must keep turning away from the pages that list the atrocities commited and can only wonder why a man that has money, fame, the adulation of some NFL fans would need to become involved in something so barbaric and cruel that the words of the indictment scream at you from the pages. But you must read the indictment so as to understand why Dog Fighting must be stopped even though it is already against the law in 50 States.
The irony of the situation is that the Atlanta Falcons organization issued a statement last evening using words such as “troubled’, “disappointed” and “disturbed”. It sounds as if they did not get their first draft choice, not talking about Michael Vick and dog fighting.
Where is Arthur Blank, the owner of the Atlanta Falcons? Why is he silent? And where is a statement from Nike that uses Michael Vick to endorse his Nike Zoom Vick shoes? How long before the NFL, Arthur Blank, Nike and others come to their senses and get rid of Michael Vick? They may be forced to as if Vick is convicted of both portions of the conspiracy charge he could face six years in prison and a $350,000 fine according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. And hopefully, Vick will have to use some of his $130 million contract to defend himself unless, of course, Arthur Blank, does the right thing and gets rid of him and his contract is not worth so much anymore.
The Humane Society of the United States has worked for many years to stop dog fighting and to make the public aware of the horrors of dog fighting. Wayne Pacelle, the President and CEO of the HSUS, states that “now that Michael Vick has been indicted, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell should not hesitate to take appropriate disciplinary action under its internal guidelines.” It does not take a rocket scientist to realize that Michael Vick has brought dishonor to the NFL and the Atlanta Falcons so the words “troubled” and “disturbed” should be replaced by “life time ban”. And then start looking for others in the NFL that perpetuate this heinous crime of dog fighting.