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- Michael Vick Indicted: Could Face Suspension

Chris Pokorny July 18, 2007
Chris Pokorny
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Entertainment for Michael Vick obviously comes in distraught forms, as it was the reason he was indicted by a federal grand jury along with three other men Tuesday. Instead of realizing that he had it made in the NFL, Vick continued the trend of young NFL players doing stupid things by being involved with a dogfighting operation back in early 2001. That would have been in Vick's first season in the NFL.

Vick and the three other individuals involved could face up to six years in prison and $350,000 in fines and restitution. Here are some of the sickening acts that Vick and his group enacted:

-Killed eight young dogs in April by hanging, drowning, or slamming them to the ground.
-Electrocuting dogs for losing fights.
-Shooting dogs for losing fights.
-Forcing pitbulls to mate using stationary equipment.

They are scheduled to appear in federal court in Richmond on July 26, the same day the Falcons begin training camp. The four will have a bond hearing before a magistrate judge at 3:30 p.m., and an arraignment will follow at 4 p.m., the court said Wednesday.

The NFL is waiting for more details before they make a decision on Vick's punishment.

"The activities alleged are cruel, degrading and illegal. Michael Vick's guilt has not yet been proven, and we believe that all concerned should allow the legal process to determine the facts," said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy.

The Falcons are disappointed by the situation but are determined to stay focused on the upcoming season.

"Obviously, we are disturbed by today's news," said the team in a statement. "We will do the right thing for our club as the legal process plays out. We have a season to prepare for."

If Vick does not get suspended for this, it would be a very poor example for the league, as much as doing so would also kill the Falcons' chances of contending this season. Joey Harrington is the team's backup quarterback after the team traded Matt Schaub to the Houston Texans during the offseason. If you have thoughts on this situation, leave a comment below and you'll be featured in our next mailbag session on PFCritics.

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