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Vick indicted; your turn, Misters Goodell and Blanks…

Michael Vick has been indicted for dogfighting.

NFL Star Sacked in Dogfight Probe
– Grand Jury Indicted Falcons QB Mike Vick in Dogfighting Investigation

Michael Vick has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with the dogfighting probe of his property in Virginia.

The Falcons quarterback was indicted for conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District in Richmond, Va. Three others — Purnell Peace, Quanis Phillips and Tony Taylor — also were indicted by the grand jury on the same charges. (Story.)

As noted here a few days ago, Vick is either guilty or the dumbest man who ever lived, and with any luck this will put at least a small dent in one of the vilest, most sub-human activities in the country.

Now it’s on you, Commish. This is far worse thuggery than the things you’ve suspended other players for in the past two or three months. If you don’t land on Vick with both boots I’m going to find something else to do on Sunday afternoons, and I’ll use what little platform I have to encourage others to do the same.

And yes, that means we’ll target advertisers

Also, Mr. Arthur Blank, Falcons owner: you’ve made a lot of noise about wanting your organization to be above the bad citizenship that all-too-often defines pro sports these days. It’s been a good talk – now the question is how strongly do you really believe in your integrity? If this was a second-string safety he’d have been turfed weeks ago, probably. But do you have the courage of your convictions when it comes to a star? Do you have the moral backbone to send Michael Vick packing?

If so, you’ll be my new hero. If not, you’re just another blowhard.

6 replies »

  1. Now we know why he’s been such an under-achiever on the file. His mind was on another, uh, “sport.”

    Michael Vick couldn’t have picked a worse hobby. Why couldn’t he just have been a sexaholic like Alex Rodriguez? The only thing Americans feel more tender-hearted towards than dogs are fetuses.

    Last night I told my 12-year-old that he should take down Michael Vick’s poster from his wall. But he wants to wait until after the trial — innocent until proven guilty, he believes.

    Goodell may have to let Vick play this year. But Vick may then, in fact, be subject to some of the worst punishment of all. First he’ll have to drive past the demonstrators and I’m sure they won’t just be PETA. Then he’ll have to take all kinds of abuse from the fans.

  2. Actually Goodell doesn’t have to wait. He’s not the courts and is not bound to await legal conviction. His standard has been “embarrassing the league.” He’s punked others who haven’t been convicted, so the precedent is there.

    Vick should be banned for life, starting today.

    He should also be damned grateful that I’m not king of the world, because what he did to those dogs is nothing compared to what I’d do to dogfighters….

  3. One of the most distressing aspects of this is learning how many Southern blacks are into dog-fighting. Black football players would be wise to speak out against it (as two have who previously professed to enjoy it) and put as much distance betweent it and themselves as they can.

    Bad for football, bad for southern blacks, but worse for the dogs.

    Thanks for setting me straight about Goodell’s powers.

  4. Not that Goodell’s powers can’t be challenged in court, but since he has had the backing of the NFLPA he’s been able to bitchslap the likes of PacMan Jones for things that, in my view, pale in comparison to this.

    I have no experience with Southern blacks and dogfighting, but I know it has a following among certain Southern White Trash elements. In any case, if Jerry Springer has taught us anything it’s that trash comes in all colors.

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