July 18, 2007

Bad Newz for Vick

by Dan Bilicki In: Football

Michael Vick’s dog-fighting saga is coming to a head and it doesn’t look good for the Falcons starting quarterback. Vick and three others are charged with competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting and conducting the enterprise across state lines. Apparently his dog fighting operation was named Bad Newz Kennels.

The indictment alleges that Vick and his co-defendants began their little syndicate back in 2001 and forced the dogs to fight to, at least, near-death. To make matters worse, losing dogs were sometimes killed by electrocution, drowning, hanging or gunshots.

If any of this turns out to be true and with the current standards that commissioner Roger Goddell is imposing around the league, Vick will not be playing for a very long time. But it might not even be related to a league-mandated suspension. If found guilty, Vick could serve up to six years in jail as well as pay a $350,000 fine. While the fine would mean next to nothing to the millionaire, six years in jail would be a huge blow.

Atlanta’s decision to trade away their ready-to-start back up Matt Schaub is looking more and more foolish by the day. For once, the Texans win.

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