Michael Vick to
skip Atlanta Falcons training camp
Commissioner Roger Goodell
has ordered the Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick not to
attend the team's training camp.
Michael Vick, who is under an investigation by the FBI for
allegedly participating in the illegal dogfighting ring known
under the name "Bad Newz Kennels", has been ordered by the
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell not to attend the Atlanta
Falcons' training camp.
"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 an open letter to the
Earlier on Monday, animal-rights advocates
and their dogs protested outside Atlanta Falcons headquarters,
calling for the suspension of Michael Vick, following his
indictment on dogfighting charges. The NFL has advised the
Atlanta Falcons to withhold any possible disciplinary actions
against Michael Vick until the League's investigation is
completed. Vick would not forfeit his preseason pay, however.
Goodell said he expects their review of the case to be completed
soon, and full cooperation from the Falcons quarterback is
This comes as the first action by the NFL
from what could turn out to be a series of punishments for
Michael Vick's alleged participation in a dogfight operation.
Vick was indicted on the 17th of this month and charged with
conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful
activities and to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture,
according to court documents.
The indictment was a result of an FBI
investigation, which led to the discovery of over 50 dog graves
on Vick's Virginia property. According to the authorities, the
dogs were either killed during illegal fights, or for not
performing well during the illegal activities. Equipment used in
dogfighting was also found on Michael Vick's property in Surry
Published on 07/23/2007