Vick Told to Skip Training Camp

Eeeesh.

Michael Vick was ordered by commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday to stay away from the Atlanta Falcons’ training camp until the league reviews the dogfighting charges against him.

“While it is for the criminal justice system to determine your guilt or innocence, it is my responsibility as commissioner of the National Football League to determine whether your conduct, even if not criminal, nonetheless violated league policies, including the Personal Conduct Policy,” Goodell said in a letter to the quarterback.

The NFL said Vick would still get his preseason pay and Goodell told the Falcons to withhold any disciplinary action of their own until the league’s review was completed.

Were the decision up to me, I would withhold Vick’s pay. Alas, the decision, is not mine.

NB: I think Peach Pundit should have a “Michael Vick” category, or, at the very least,

20 comments

  1. Icarus says:

    I don’t know why this is such a big deal. Most of the Falcon’s offense has skipped the last 4 or 5 seasons.

  2. Bull Moose says:

    I hope that there is ZERO tolerance on Vick in Georgia.

    The Falcons just need to go ahead and FIRE the scum.

  3. GOPeach says:

    I bet Arthur Blank is just trying to find the right way to let #7 walk.

    The Falcons can run fast and some can catch the ball… but to get them to catch the ball and run at the same time…. well .. that takes a real miracle.

    I miss Steve Bartkowski.

  4. buzzbrockway says:

    The NFL has let Blank off the hook for now. The talk last week was the NFL and the Falcons were trying to convince Vick to voluntarily take a leave of absence. I suppose he said no so the Commish responded.

  5. debbie0040 says:

    Michael Vick is a thug and disgusting human being and should be FIRED and JAILED.

    Anyone that promotes and attends dog fights is the scum of the earth and should face jail time.

    I will also boycott Home Depot. Get Blank’s attention and hit him in his pocket book.

    Strong pressure needs to be applied to Blank.

  6. Donkey Kong says:

    Blank knows what he is doing. He’s handling everything appropriately. You don’t kick someone off the team until all evidence comes to light. It’s unprofessional, and you certainly don’t do that to one of the league’s stars.

    That being said, I hope Blank is kicking himself for trading Matt Schaub.

  7. Romegaguy says:

    Blank will announce today that Vick is on a leave of absence from the team. Not sure if he will say it is Vick’s idea or his. Leave will be for an indefinite period of time while they let the legal process work.

  8. Rick Day says:

    Well, since I am a 6 year season ticket holder, (which makes me the ‘expert’ here), let me say this:

    Michael Vick is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

    This court of opinion can tutt-tutt and cluck-cluck about “I would-a, he should-a” but the fact remains that all we know about this case, is what little the media has fed us. As the more intelligent of us know, the media’s job is to ‘guide us on how we should feel outraged’ on subjects (Howard Dean, Michael Richards, Steve Irwin, Michael Moore, Tammy-Faye et al).

    You people are foolish to underestimate how $160 million can buy attorneys; attorneys to set up the dog ‘breeding’ business with *just* enough legal insulation, or criminal lawyers who will pick this case to pieces, given the other ‘thugs’ indicted and involved eager to ‘take a bullet’ for #7.

    Opine and whine all you wish. After all, its what you all do best when a POC is involved.

  9. buzzbrockway says:

    Building on Rick Day’s comment: The Duke lacrosse players sure looked guilty. Kobe Bryant sure looked guilty.

    It’s hard to see how Vick is not guilty, but that’s why they have trials.

  10. jsm says:

    For once, I actually agree with Rick Day. I’ve not been a fan of Vick on the field, and I hope the Falcons have another starting QB this season. However, I believe the judicial system should be allowed to work in his case. I’m amazed at how cable news has made everyone self-proclaimed experts on every high profile case in the U.S. over the last three decades. No one knows all the evidence of a particular case except the parties to the case, the judge, and the jury. I wish cable news, especially Greta, would stop beating these cases into the ground and just report the verdict when the judicial system and its citizen jury has done its job.

    Peach, the Falcons sucked with Bartkowski.

  11. rugby_fan says:

    Well done Clayton!

    We now have three categories, a sporting one, as well as one dedicated to both Ron Mexico and America’s second favorite underground betting past-time (behind only, of course, unsanctioned Harness Racing).

  12. Donkey Kong says:

    I miss Dan Reeves. Anyone realize that the year that Vick had his highest QB rating was Reeves’ last year? Reeves got screwed.

  13. jm says:

    I can foresee that Vick could get a deal where he doesn’t get found guilty, doesn’t even go to trial, spends no jail time (but pays a big fine), and if the NFL takes the position that he was not found guilty they would put him on the field. So I think the commissioner is doing the right thing by launching his own investigation where the bar is much lower….its not guilt or innocence based on a legal standpoint but whether or not Vick did something wrong.

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