Vick Files Plea, Gets Suspended By NFL

Michael VickLike we said in our introductory post, we don’t really want this blog to be dominated by Michael Vick news.  However, events on the ground require us to allow it to be so dominated, at least for now.  Of course the two big Vick stories of the day are:

1. Vick files plea agreement in federal court.

 Here is the pleading itself, via ESPN.  The long and the short of it: a) Vick admits to killing dogs and gambling, or at least that these things were involved in the dogfighting operation, contrary to earlier ESPN reports; and b) the sentencing recommendation from the prosecution is 12-18 months of prison time.

The judge will actually hear and decide whether to accept the plea on Monday at 10:30 a.m.

2. The NFL suspends Vick indefinitely.

Read about Vick’s suspension after the jump.

The following are excerpts from Commissioner Goodell’s letter to Vick informing him of the suspension, taken from an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report:

• “Your admitted conduct was not only illegal, but also cruel and reprehensible. Your team, the NFL, and NFL fans have all been hurt by your actions.”

• “Your plea agreement and the plea agreements of your co-defendants also demonstrate your significant involvement in illegal gambling. Even if you personally did not place bets, as you contend, your actions in funding the betting and your association with illegal gambling both violate the terms of your NFL Player Contract and expose you to corrupting influences in derogation of one of the most fundamental responsibilities of an NFL player.”

• “You have engaged in conduct detrimental to the welfare of the NFL and have violated the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.”

• “I will review the status of your suspension following the conclusion of the legal proceedings. As part of that review, I will take into account a number of factors, including the resolution of any other charges that may be brought against you, whether in Surry County, Virginia, or other jurisdictions, your conduct going forward, the specifics of the sentence imposed by Judge Hudson and any related findings he might make, and the extent to which you are truthful and cooperative with law enforcement and league staff who are investigating these matters.”

• “I have advised the Falcons that, with my decision today, they are no longer prohibited from acting and are now free to assert any claims or remedies available to them under the Collective Bargaining Agreement or your NFL Player Contract.”

The Falcons quickly responded with a short statement that essentially echoed the league’s statement. One would expect that the team will soon take Goodell up on the last part of his letter and move to terminate Vick’s contract.

Having reported today’s events, we hope to move off of the Vick topic for awhile. Coming soon, we’ll break down the quarterback race between Joey Harrington and Chris Redman (and maybe Chris Leek?), and we’ll preview the Falcons’ upcoming Monday night preseason showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals. Stay tuned for all of this and more.