Commissioner sidelines Vick

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NEW YORK - 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.

Demonstrators at Falcons headquarters, including Jean Pritchett, of Flowery Branch, Ga., called for the suspension of quarterback Michael Vick after his indictment on dogfighting charges last week.  Associated Press
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Demonstrators at Falcons headquarters, including Jean Pritchett, of Flowery Branch, Ga., called for the suspension of quarterback Michael Vick after his indictment on dogfighting charges last week.

"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.

Goodell told Vick the league would complete its review as quickly as possible and that he expected full cooperation.

The Falcons open camp on Thursday, the same day Vick is scheduled to be arraigned in Richmond, Va., on charges of sponsoring a dogfighting operation.

Vick, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 draft, last season became the first quarterback ever to rush for more than 1,000 yards.

After his indictment last week, the NFL's position was that it would monitor developments and allow the legal process to "determine the facts."

Since then, pressure has been mounting on the league and the Falcons, particularly from animal-rights groups.

PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - demonstrated at the Falcons' headquarters in Flowery Branch, Ga., on Monday calling for the Vick's suspension and did the same outside NFL offices in New York last week. About four dozen people took part in the protest. They held signs reading "Sack Vick!", "Kick Vick," and "Tackle Cruelty." Many brought their dogs.

The protesters plan to demonstrate a few hours each day ahead of training camp.

"The Falcons can get rid of us right away if they suspend Michael Vick. And we hope they choose to do that," said Dan Shannon, assistant director of campaigns for PETA.

At the same time, Goodell was meeting with officials from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The league and the ASPCA are working on a program to educate players about the proper treatment of animals.

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intheknow
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intheknow 07/24/07 - 06:07 am
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Yeah, just let the

Yeah, just let the Commissioner decide. We would not want the NFL's image bruised.

intheknow
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intheknow 07/24/07 - 06:10 am
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Yean, beat the hell out of

Yean, beat the hell out of your wives, murder your girlfriends, no educational programs recommended. Now, if we SUSPECT you of being cruel to animals, we will hold an emergency meeting with PETA.

NANF
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NANF 07/24/07 - 06:14 am
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Educate the players???? How

Educate the players???? How stupid is THAT!!! Everyone of them is smart enough to NOT do what Vick has done. If they choose to have that kind of behavior, they need to be kicked to the curb, same as you need to do to Vick. To say your are going to "educate" is to only buy time and sooth feathers. This will not go away, step up and do the right thing. You are a bunch of cowards with dollar signs on the brain. Your world will one day come tumbling down around you and what you do and how you handle this will certainly be on top of the list.

CHIEF
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CHIEF 07/24/07 - 06:21 am
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Gangster no more, yes ban for

Gangster no more, yes ban for life....

gab91494
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gab91494 07/24/07 - 07:01 am
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This kind of behavior is

This kind of behavior is uncalled for and the punishment for it does not fit the crime. This is just as bad as child abuse, neglect and murder. These animals did not ask for this at all, and this is the main reason they get such a bad rap. Vick needs to be banned from the NFL just as Pete Rose is from baseball for betting on games and not even his own team. Just because he is a "celebrity" doesn't mean he should get special treatment, which we know will happen.

blazing1
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blazing1 07/24/07 - 07:37 am
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Don't worry Mike we got your

Don't worry Mike we got your back!

blazing1
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blazing1 07/24/07 - 07:40 am
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When the people in America

When the people in America bring the real criminals that's running the government to justice than and only than can I believe that MV will get a fair trial.

blazing1
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blazing1 07/24/07 - 07:52 am
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MV 100% not guilty, until the

MV 100% not guilty, until the people in the US recognize that the lynching and castration of the Black Man in the US is more important than a Dog! Where's the outrage for this action?

backpac-bill
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backpac-bill 07/24/07 - 08:08 am
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I bet the "PETA" group eat

I bet the "PETA" group eat chicken,beef,fish,pork and some may even eat dog. Now let's stop jumping the gun,let's wait and see.Take the next protest to burger-king.

blazing1
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blazing1 07/24/07 - 08:10 am
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I've eaten dog in Panama and

I've eaten dog in Panama and Korea, hmm, hmm, good!

belapris55
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belapris55 07/24/07 - 08:57 am
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loupt side justice,

loupt side justice,

blazing1
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blazing1 07/24/07 - 08:58 am
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Where's the Hot Sauce?

Where's the Hot Sauce?

bp101
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bp101 07/24/07 - 09:31 am
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It is official, the words

It is official, the words innocent until proven guilty no longer mean anything. I don't like Mike Vick because he is not a very good quarterback. But the man has not been convicted of anything and for people to just pile on is irresponsible. Let's not forget the Duke lacrosse case, the Kobe Bryant case, etc, etc... Unfortunately people love to judge other people without all of the facts. PETA makes me sick with all of their self righteous crap.

bone
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bone 07/24/07 - 10:18 am
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the words INDICTED BY A

the words INDICTED BY A FEDERAL GRAND JURY mean something, too, bp101.

critter
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critter 07/24/07 - 10:39 am
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blazing1, What a waste of

blazing1,

What a waste of space you are. Take your racist a&% somewhere else where you'll be better treated. I hear Iraq's looking for a few good targets...

bp101
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bp101 07/24/07 - 10:51 am
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Indicted does not mean he is

Indicted does not mean he is guilty. The Duke lacrosse players were also indicted. Kobe Bryant was indicted. Here is a shocker for you. When some people get into trouble they try to blame someone else to take the heat off of them. Innocent people are indicted only later to be found completetly innocent. I am not saying he is innocent or guilty because I do not have all of the facts. I think we should let courts decide if he is guilty before we convict him and ruin his life over what could be false allegations.

blazing1
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blazing1 07/24/07 - 11:02 am
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Oh yea and I need the Bar-B-Q

Oh yea and I need the Bar-B-Q sauce too!

bone
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bone 07/24/07 - 11:11 am
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were the duke lacrosse

were the duke lacrosse players or kobe indicted by a federal court? here's a shocker for you, bp101: feds have better than a 95% conviction success rate when they indict someone. i agree that the courts need to decide his guilt or innocence; to ignore the indictment and pretend that he won't be a distraction to the NFL as his court appearances & trial play out is ridiculous. the commissioner did exactly the right thing - in any other business, vick would have likely been fired outright.

bp101
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bp101 07/24/07 - 11:16 am
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well, bone i certainly hope

well, bone i certainly hope you are never indicted of something of which you are innocent. 95% is not 100%.

blazing1
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blazing1 07/24/07 - 11:16 am
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Who let the Dogs out, woof,

Who let the Dogs out, woof, woof, woof, woof, MV scored a TD!

bone
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bone 07/24/07 - 11:25 am
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no, 95% is not 100%. as i

no, 95% is not 100%. as i posted earlier, i sincerely hope vick is found innocent of all charges: i hate the thought of not being able to watch him play football. there seems to be a very good chance that the people who are accusing him of being a major part of the dogfighting have accepted deals in exchange for their testimony. if his property ownership & plea-dealing criminals are the evidence against him, maybe he'll get out of this and get back to football.

blazing1
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blazing1 07/24/07 - 11:28 am
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So many intellectuals on this

So many intellectuals on this page its making me sick! YEEEEEEE HAWWWWWWWWW

SON of Scoob
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SON of Scoob 07/24/07 - 11:31 am
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Blazing1 you are really a

Blazing1 you are really a piece of work or should I say trash.

bone
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bone 07/24/07 - 11:35 am
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your brilliant commentary &

your brilliant commentary & subtle racism are welcome contributions to the discussions on this page, blazing1. i especially like the question about castration. are you recommending this as birth control to stem the flow of children being born into poverty or as a solution to the problem of males who continually impregnate women? either way i think you are onto something.

SON of Scoob
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SON of Scoob 07/24/07 - 11:36 am
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My advive to MV since

My advive to MV since Blazing1 has his back is to find the nearest car eash and apply for a job.

he-motions
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he-motions 07/24/07 - 11:43 am
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innocent until proven

innocent until proven guilty..............

crackertroy
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crackertroy 07/24/07 - 11:53 am
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Mike Vick doesn't need
Unpublished

Mike Vick doesn't need training camp anyway. He could walk right into the Metrodome on Sept. 9 and run all over the Vikings. Go Falcons!

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mable8 07/24/07 - 11:57 am
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blazing1, you sound just like

blazing1, you sound just like owensjef; could be you are one and the same! Anytime a person who happens to be black, you are right in there to cover the criminal act. MV was indicted, so far that's all it is. Guilt or innocence must be proven in court, unless NEW evidence to absolutely exhonerate him is found prior to court, at which time the indictment goes away. MV had to know something was going on; no one in their right mind would allow criminal acts to be performed on his own property. Why can't you accept the fact that it is not only white people who commit crimes, black people also commit crimes--and black on black crimes, statistically, are ever increasing at an alarming rate. Exactly what are you doing about that? Sitting at your computer blasting anyone who is not black? Get real.

CHIEF
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CHIEF 07/24/07 - 12:20 pm
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Blazing1, Your awesome, your

Blazing1, Your awesome, your so cool and educated. Many of the readers never figured you out. It's easy to see your a idot and racist. Ignorance can be fixed but stupity is all you bro. You need to team up with Ryan B and be a dual tag team. MV is a dumb uneducated man and that's why he is in trouble. He should do hard time maybe with his brother. You see what happens when your stupid.

bp101
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bp101 07/24/07 - 12:38 pm
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this is not a black/white

this is not a black/white racial issue. it is about one of our constitutional rights being trampled by the media, and the court of public opinion. i dont like mike vick as a football player. he is a terrible quarterback who will never take a team to a superbowl. he should not however be prejudged before he even gets a chance to defend his self.

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