[ SHOWGSD-L ] Vick News

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  • Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 04:54:13 -0700

This is from the NAIA Trust...
Falcons owner Blank to address controversy Tuesday afternoon

By STEVE WYCHE
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 07/24/07 
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has ordered Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to 
stay away from the team's training camp, which begins Thursday, until league 
officials complete a review of his indictment on federal charges related to 
dogfighting.

No timetable was placed on the length of league's investigation, so, for the 
foreseeable future, Vick will no longer be the face of a franchise he made 
relevant with his on-field theatrics and clouded with his recent off-field 
controversies.

                  Your Turn 
                        Do you agree with the NFL decision to ban Vick, at 
least temporarily, from training camp?  

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                              Yes. It makes sense.    61.87%  2630  
                              No. Goodell is rushing to judgment.    15.69%  
667  
                              No. Goodell didn't go far enough.    22.44%  954  

                             
                       
                 
           
     
                   
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                    b.. Vick has activists howling  
                    c.. PETA demonstrators urge NFL to 'sack Vick'  
                    d.. In game of life, Vick blitzed by trouble  
                    e.. Emmitt Smith: Investigators using Vick to get at others 
 
                    f.. PETA protests Vick at Falcons headquarters  
                    g.. Teammate Horn says Vick is 'saddened' by events  
                    h.. Blank 'committed to doing the right thing'  
                    i.. Dogfighting: A shadow world of bloodlust  
                    j.. Virginia will seek indictment against Vick too  
                    k.. 'Concerned' Nike halts release of new Vick shoe  
                    l.. AKC issues statement  
                    m.. Surry, Va., doesn't have much 'sympathy' for Vick  
                    n.. Team, NFL discuss how to deal with Vick  
                    o.. Virginia hometown backs Vick  
                  multimedia
                    . Videos: Vick charged . Fans react
                    . PDF: Read the indictment

                  photos
                    . PETA protest at Falcons HQ . Vick's hometown
                    . Vick's property searched . Vick's career

                  more on the vick probe
                    . Prosecutors detail dogfighting on Vick's property
                    . How binding is Vick's contract?
                    . Seven-state dogfighting center detailed
                    . Va. cops stall Vick evidence review
                    . Nike urged to end affiliation with Vick
                    . Vick to skip youth camp

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Goodell informed Vick of his decision by letter Monday, then released the 
letter shortly before 8 p.m.

"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 wrote.

Team owner Arthur Blank, who was instructed by Goodell not to impose any team 
sanctions on Vick until the NFL investigation is completed, has scheduled a 
news conference for 4 p.m. Tuesday at his foundation headquarters.

Goodell's decision gives all parties more time to resolve a situation that has 
disrupted the league, shaken the Falcons franchise to the core, ignited raw 
passion of this city's residents, and left one of its biggest stars facing up 
to five years in prison.

The Falcons declined comment. Vick was unavailable for comment Monday.

Thursday's start of training camp - which Vick would have missed because of 
bond and arraignment hearings in Richmond, Va. - and the controversy 
surrounding his participation prompted Goodell's decision.

Since Vick was one of four people charged in an 18-page federal indictment last 
Tuesday, officials from the Falcons, the NFL, the NFL players' union and Vick's 
representatives spent hours discussing options, ranging from letting him play; 
to suspending him; to arranging for a leave of absence; to outright cutting him.

With this ruling, more information can be gathered to chart a new course of 
action. If the NFL investigation finds that Vick violated its player conduct 
policy, more sanctions from the league could be forthcoming, as could 
discipline from the Falcons. Should the investigation show Vick did not 
infringe upon the policy, he might be allowed to return.

Until then, former Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins starter Joey Harrington, 
signed as a free agent this spring, will be Atlanta's new starting quarterback.

For Vick, the mandate allows him to concentrate on his legal situation.

Vick has hired prominent Washington D.C.-based defense attorney Billy Martin. 
Martin, a former federal prosecutor, recently defended former Atlanta mayor 
Bill Campbell in a public corruption trial. Vick has been working with his 
longtime lawyer Lawrence Woodward, who could be retained as council in some 
manner.

In a related development, Virginia Commonwealth Attorney Gerald Poindexter will 
not present evidence to a grand jury Tuesday regarding dogfighting and animal 
cruelty at the property Vick owns in Surry County, his office stated. Charges 
could still be brought later this year. Poindexter said last week that he 
likely would present evidence against Vick and others, possibly by the end of 
the year. The next grand jury is scheduled to convene in September.

Before Goodell's announcement, roughly 30 protesters from the People for the 
Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Humane Society rallied for two hours 
outside of Falcons' headquarters, carrying signs of tortured dogs and shouting 
"Sack Vick" and "Despicable."

"We don't want to wait until training camp starts to send the message that fans 
want to see Michael Vick suspended based on the strength of these allegations 
against him," Dan Shannon, the assistant director or PETA in Norfolk, Va., 
said. "We'd like to think that the Falcons would do the right thing, not 
because people are complaining but because they don't want to be associated 
with this sort of behavior. That hasn't been the case to this point so we're 
trying to apply a little bit of pressure."

Shannon was unavailable for comment following Goodell's ruling.

The economic fallout of being associated with Vick continued as Nike, with whom 
he has an endorsement contract, might have taken another step to distance 
itself from the controversy. On its website, Nike.com, a search for apparel 
with Vick's name returned the message, "Sorry, we found no product matches for 
your search."

Nike halted the release of a new shoe to be endorsed by Vick but said it would 
not stop selling existing merchandise.



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