August 21, 2007

Vick pleads

by Dan Bilicki In: Football

The Michael Vick dog-fighting saga is coming close to an end it seems. Yesterday he agreed to plead guilty to federal dog-fighting conspiracy charges that mean he will serve time in prison. According to the agreement with the district attorney, Vick will serve somewhere in between a year and 18 months in prison.

Needless to say, this is going to severely affect his NFL career and whether or not he’ll still have one once he gets out of the clink. The ball is now in Commissioner Roger Goodell’s court regarding how long Vick should be suspended. It’s no longer an “if” for Vick and seeing how Pacman, Tank and some Bengals were treated for their legal indiscretions, Vick will more than likely serve the steepest suspension yet.

The worst part of his plea agreement is that it actually contradicts what he had told both the league and the Falcons organization when the charges were originally levied. This news will only hurt Vick all the more in the long run.

While he is immensely talented, everything that surrounds Vick is a nightmare. Physically, he could come back and still play in a few years at a very high level, but would any team possibly take him? Will he even be re-instated when the time comes around? It may come down to going to the CFL or Arena league when he’s finally allowed back. He will have to earn some credibility back and show that he deserves a second chance in the eyes of the NFL but even more so the public.

Michael Vick’s life will be forever ruined and what legacy he had will be forever tarnished.

And here I was, all set to take Vick in my upcoming fantasy football draft. There’s no question he’ll go first overall in the prison fantasy league though.

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