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Falcons Release Suspended QB Michael Vick
Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | : 12:38 p.m. June 12, 2009 | By CHIP TOWERS, D. ORLANDO LEDBETTER

Posted on 06/12/2009 10:23:09 AM PDT by lewisglad

The Atlanta Falcons and Michael Vick are set to move on after the team issued the quarterback’s unconditional release on Friday.

The team had been seeking to trade Vick even though he remains suspended by the NFL for his conviction on dog-fighting and gambling charges. He last played for the Falcons in 2006.

“We spent a significant amount of time this off-season trying to trade him to another NFL club, and we had some conversations with a few teams, but nothing materialized,” general manager Thomas Dimitroff said on the team’s Web site. “At this point, we feel releasing Michael is best for him and best for us.”

Vick is now free to pursue any playing opportunities that come forth. No one could say if or when Vick might be reinstated - “that’s up to [Commissioner Roger Goodell],” Dimitroff said — but NFL rules allow teams to sign suspended players.

Vick still has other legal issues to resolve before a return to the NFL. Vick must conclude his prison sentence — he is currently serving the final five weeks of his federal sentence in home confiement — to be reinstated to the league and clear up remaining bankruptcy issues and a new pension fraud case.

Vick will also have to explain why he lied to Goodell about the dogfighting operation and show remorse.

(Excerpt) Read more at ajc.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Sports
KEYWORDS: nfl; sociopath; vick

1 posted on 06/12/2009 10:23:09 AM PDT by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

I cannot believe that the Vikings didn’t sign him.....


2 posted on 06/12/2009 10:24:27 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Prepare. It's Coming.)
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To: lewisglad

he’ll wind up with the raiders.


3 posted on 06/12/2009 10:25:15 AM PDT by lonster
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To: lewisglad

You would think the best fit for him would be Cincinnati given the criminal record.


4 posted on 06/12/2009 10:25:59 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Bengals will. It’s something im used to.


5 posted on 06/12/2009 10:26:10 AM PDT by smith288 (Americans suffer from Stockholm Syndrome with the government)
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To: Always Right

I would think the Raiders.


6 posted on 06/12/2009 10:27:07 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: lewisglad

Vick was convicted of gambling?


7 posted on 06/12/2009 10:34:22 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Always Right

Chiefs could use him as a backup.


8 posted on 06/12/2009 10:37:12 AM PDT by lewisglad
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To: pnh102

On dog fights< IICR.


9 posted on 06/12/2009 10:38:26 AM PDT by wolfcreek (KMTEXASA!)
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To: Always Right

I’m surprised that Jerry Jones hasn’t picked him up.


10 posted on 06/12/2009 10:42:10 AM PDT by ssapro (SSAPRO/ EXBP)
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To: wolfcreek
If he was convicted of gambling then he is ineligible to play in the NFL as far as I know. I believe that his plea bargain involved him not pleading to guilty to gambling.

If I am wrong please let me know.

11 posted on 06/12/2009 10:44:02 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: lewisglad

Can’t our Emperor appoint him Secretary of Dogfighting?


12 posted on 06/12/2009 10:52:27 AM PDT by Mac from Cleveland (How to make a small fortune in the Obama era--first, start off with a big fortune....)
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To: ssapro

Jerry cleaned out the garbage this off-season. While I do believe Vick deserves an opportunity to resume his career, I pray it is not with my Cowboys.


13 posted on 06/12/2009 10:55:50 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman (The tree of liberty needs to be refreshed...)
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To: Mac from Cleveland

I think that would be the czar of dogfighting.


14 posted on 06/12/2009 10:56:09 AM PDT by sweetiepiezer (I have a Pal in Sarah)
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To: Mac from Cleveland

You mean Czar???


15 posted on 06/12/2009 10:56:53 AM PDT by danamco
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To: sweetiepiezer

...part of the new Cabinet Department of Pimps, Hos, and Playas, no doubt......

; )


16 posted on 06/12/2009 10:57:17 AM PDT by Mac from Cleveland (How to make a small fortune in the Obama era--first, start off with a big fortune....)
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To: lewisglad

Is Mike now CFL bound?


17 posted on 06/12/2009 11:03:10 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obamanation: an imploding administration headed by a clueless schmuck, with McCain as his Kowakian)
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To: lewisglad
If anyone tells you that Micheal Vick deserves a second chance, remind them that his second chance will come at the expense of someone else’s first chance.
18 posted on 06/12/2009 11:06:01 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Have you punished an 0bama supporter today?)
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To: Niteranger68
If anyone tells you that Micheal Vick deserves a second chance, remind them that his second chance will come at the expense of someone else’s first chance.

No it won't. If your straw man is good enbough to play he'll get his first chance.

19 posted on 06/12/2009 11:14:16 AM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: VA_Gentleman

I just wish somebody would replace Jerry. HE’s been the Pokes’ problem since he bought the team. Ah, for the days of Landry and Staubach...And Jordan, Garrison, Jones, and the list goes on. I’d even put Emmit and Banzai Billy on it.

Colonel, USAFR


20 posted on 06/12/2009 11:18:38 AM PDT by jagusafr (Kill the red lizard, Lord! - nod to C.S. Lewis)
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To: lewisglad
The power of the press. I'm not a Mike Vick fan, never have been.

Vick is the poster boy for the convergence of several trends. PETA has found they can raise a lot of money by demonizing people. They struck gold with Vick. When Roger Goodell took over the NFL, he realized that although the NFL is by far the most popular professional sports league in the US, the thuggery of many of the players could destroy the popularity of the game. Under the previous commissioner, the only question was, could they get the handcuffs off prior to the start of the game.

In today's NFL, I don't think there's any way someone like Ray Lewis would have avoided far more censure from the league. In the NFL of ten years ago, I don't think there's any way Pacman Jones would be out on the street.

The NFL looked at the NBA, where over half the teams now lose money, and realized that much of the problem was that many of the players were thugs, and that the game was attracting a fan base composed of hip hop thugs, and that other fans had started staying away.

I don't know how many Freepers saw the NFL draft, but I'll guarantee you the NFL has started going to college players and telling them, "You want to play in the NFL and we expect a certain image." Every player that stepped up to the podium after being selected was in a suit and tie. There weren't any hoodies and shades.

Vick did a lot of bad stuff, but the NFL is serving notice that no matter how good a player is, if he creates too many problems off the field, he's out.

The NFL has instituted new policies that if a team has too many players getting into trouble, that the team may be penalized, including fines (no big deal to most of the owners) and loss of draft choices (huge deal to the owners.)

Vick will have a difficult time playing anywhere because there's too much money to be made demonizing him. PETA views him as a cash cow. That means anybody who picks him up will have their team name smeared. NFL teams can't afford that.

21 posted on 06/12/2009 11:23:55 AM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

No, no, no. He wasn’t that great a QB to begin with, and he hasn’t played in 3 years, give or take. I could see someone picking him up on the cheap as an RB.


22 posted on 06/12/2009 11:43:16 AM PDT by Coronal
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To: Coronal

That’s why the Vikings would pick him up. He wasn’t THAT good and he hasn’t played for a while....


23 posted on 06/12/2009 11:50:00 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Prepare. It's Coming.)
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To: pnh102
I'm not sure if there's a distinguishment between legal and illegal gambling (as with dog fights, etc..) as far as the NFL or any other professional sports are concerned.

Interesting question, though.

24 posted on 06/12/2009 1:10:09 PM PDT by wolfcreek (KMTEXASA!)
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