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NFL: Vick Will Play

Written by PETA | July 19, 2007
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Since taking over the job, Commissioner Roger Goodell has talked a big game about cracking down on character issues in the NFL—and until now, he’s backed up his commitment, doling out tough penalties to Bengals receiver Chris Henry for DUIs and Bears tackle Tank Johnson for charges related to illegal firearms possession, and suspending Titans cornerback Pacman Jones for a full year following his troubles with the police. But now, in the face of national outrage over Vick’s indictment on dogfighting charges, Goodell has announced that Vick will be allowed to play when the season starts in September. Why, Roger, are you folding now when one of the NFL’s biggest stars (who’s certainly been no stranger to the courtroom since he was drafted by the Falcons) has been indicted for a crime that is nothing short of torture? What kind of a message does this send to the communities that are working so hard to stamp out this crime, or to the young fans of Michael Vick who are waiting to find out whether dogfighting is something that will get you into trouble? Goodell’s weak response to these deadly serious allegations is tantamount to admitting that the National Football League doesn’t consider ties to dogfighting rings a character issue at all.

Starting tomorrow, we will be holding demonstrations calling for Vick’s suspension from the league, so I’ll keep you posted with details, and if you want to let Goodell know that he’s made the wrong decision, you can contact him about the issue here.

There is some good news, though. I know a lot of people have been contacting Vick’s sponsors asking that they sever their ties with him, and it looks like some companies have been listening: Nike just announced that they will be suspending the release of the Air Zoom Vick V this summer. You can read about that here. You can be certain that we’ll keep the pressure on Vick’s other sponsors and the NFL to do the right thing here, and I’ll let you know as soon as there are more developments in the story.

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  • Elizabeth Jackson says:

    What kind of sick person can sit and watch man’s bestfriend tear each other up !!!! I mean really !! One way or another this man will pay. Sick Vick has the blood of these dead dogs on his hands.

  • rondell says:

    MY OPINION AND I HOPE IT IS NOT TRUE NFL WILL PAY OFF JUDGE MY OPINION.

  • Anonymous says:

    you peta assholes are pathetic…get lives assholes…YOU..ONE PERSON NOT GOING TO A GAME? DO YOU HONESTLY THINK WHAT YOU DO EVEN MAKES A DIFFERENCE? STOP WALLOWING IN YOUR OWN PATHETIC MISERY. GROW A BACKBONE ALL OF YOU. BUCK UP AND FUCKING DEAL WITH IT.

  • Vick Supporter says:

    PETA should FUCK OFF. Get lives you assholes. YOU ARE ALL A BUNCH OF DOUCHES!!! I can’t beleive you are sticking your noses into Vick’s business to begin with. This organization is no good and out for themselvs. FUCK YOU PETA GO TO HELL! VICK RULES PITBULLS ARE VIOLENT ANIMALS AND YOU CAN ALL SUCK A FAT DICK. Stick your fucking picket signs up your dicks and douches. FUCK OFF

  • Jim Pence says:

    As the John Prine song goes “Some Humans Ain’t Human”!

  • Steve says:

    Now Now… Lets give Mr vick a fighting chance. Don’t feed him for month Electric shook him. See if he can still play then. If he can’t play Pick Mike up. Body slam him as hard as you can till you break his back… Ps. If Mr vick plays this yr I will never go to another game. Season tickets cancel Also any sponsers. I will never buy from them.. This is a outrage. Mr Vick isn’t even human.

  • Ana says:

    If I were indicted by the feds I would have been suspended without pay. That is what is done to teachers and my PROFESSION is considerably more important than playing football. Chris That was the same argument used to defile the Irish Hispanics blacks women Native Americans. It wasis degrading for those groups and it is the same when used for animals. Animals are intrinsically precious irregardless of how you view them the same is applied to racial and ethnic groups of people. Please get an education.

  • leone says:

    chris you are an underdog!!!

  • Karen H says:

    It is pathetic that the “innocent till proven guilty” mantra is being chanted. If a public official policeman doctor were indicted for these crimes responsible people would DEMAND they step down from their positions till they were cleared in court. NFL wants to keep Vick for the almighty buck. Depraved and sad commentary on our country.

  • CHRIS says:

    THEY WERE JUST DOGS!!! i

  • AnimalFan says:

    Here is hoping Michael scumbagVick is injured so badly this season that he can never walk again or make another dirty dollar or even better is forced to fight another human in prison until one of them is severely wounded or killed. Maybe he will understand what he has done after that….

  • Tammy says:

    To bad Vick and his entourage can’t be treated like they treated those sweet pit bulls. I have 4 of these dogs and they are great pets. I think that beating or electricution would be to easy a punishment for Mr. Vick. I hope his gets his due in jail.

  • Alex says:

    You people are the masters of “spin.” In this article you say that “Goodell has announced that Vick will be allowed to play when the season starts in September…” along with a link that supposedly backs up this claim. Yet if you click on the link you learn that the linked article does not say this in any way. It simply talks about the situation and the decisions that Falcons owner Arthur Blank must now face. Goodell has given no such statement as “Vick will play” or even “Vick will maybe play.” They are going to face this as any corporation would and wait till the hearing and the judgment. But then again what would a PETA protest be without spin?

  • Patrick says:

    I wouldn’t get your hopes up too far about Vick being convicted and suspended for life. Remember a guy named Ray Lewis? This will all build up to a frenzy peak and then die down and be forgotten like everything else.

  • coolfusion says:

    RESPONSE FROM FOOTLOCKER INC. PATHETIC AS WELL. We are aware of the allegations against Michael Vick as has been reported by the media. We take these charges seriously and certainly do not condone the unethical and illegal treatment of animals. Until additional information becomes available we plan to continue to offer for sale merchandise which bears his name. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and reevaluate our position as additional facts become available.

  • Kelly says:

    PitOwner you literally took the words right out of my mouth and I am sure glad that someone finally said it. We are all aware of our constitutional rights and the fact that we are ALL innocent until proven guilty. But NO ONE can honestly tell me that Mike Vick had no idea of the operation being ran on his property. Come on now people….. I can’t wait for the day he is convicted and hopefully made an example of. As far as the NFL…. Karma is a bitch!

  • coolfusion says:

    THE RESPONSE FROM THE OWNER OF THE FALCONS.. PATHETIC .. WHAT A SLIMEBALL ARTHUR BLANK. July 19 2007 A Message to our Fans We know youre anxious to hear more from us regarding the indictment of Michael Vickand its implications to the Falcons. Please be assured that we are working diligently on exploring our options and getting the right people involved in this situation. This is an emotionally charged and complicated matter. There are a wide range of interests and legal issues that need to be carefully considered as we move ahead including our need to respect the due process that Michael is entitled to. Also this situation affects everyone our club our players and associates our sponsors our fans and the Atlanta community among them so we must consider all of our customers in making any decisions. Given the differing perspectives and strong feelings around this issue we probably wont make everyone happy but we are committed to doing the right thing. As the owner of this club thats ultimately my responsibility. In the meantime know that Im saddened and distressed about this not for myself but for our fans and community who have been so loyal to us. We will do our very best to continue to earn your support. Arthur M. Blank Owner CEO

  • David Risley says:

    I love Michael Vick. Yes I do! This moronic piece of garbage is bringing this topic in the mainstream more than I have ever seen in the past this horrible sport has been here forever now and everyone has been turning a blind eye. So thanks Dick. Vick. But one critique people need to start naming the other 3 men indicted by name they should be equally as attacked as Vick. Purnell Peace I don’t even know where to start on that last name of Virginia Beach Virginia Quanis Phillips of Atlanta Georgia Tony Taylor of Hampton Virginia And this is not about black vs. white people this is about classy vs. trashy period.

  • John says:

    Why are we stopping at just Vick treating animals inhumanely? This is a spark point for us to advocate stopping hunting as a sport. Seriously why are people in some states allowed to get a license and kill animals for the sake of enjoyment. What about slaughterhouses? There are so many nonveg people proclaiming Vick is a sick person but what they are eating was also savagely butchered to be brought to their tables. PETA should use this issue to catapult animal cruelty in all cases to the forefront not just in dogfighting.

  • kelly says:

    The NFL is NOT a court of law and neither is your place of business if you embarrass and humiliate your employers with your dirty deeds. They have EVERY RIGHT indeed obligation to at least suspend him.

  • chris says:

    im all for treating animals in a humane manner and i do not condone dogfighting. but you people ARE RIDICULOUS!!! pickett the NFL? fire roger goodell? are you serious the nfl has nothing to do with this and michael vick has NOT been convicted of anything and has had no other runins with the law in this country you have a right to something called DUE PROCESS. BANNED FROM FOOTBALL FOREVER? hahahaha that is a an absolutely ridiculous suggestion. you people need to get a life and allow this man his due process you people say all these bad things about mike vick but have any of you ever met the man? do any of you know him personally?

  • Veronica says:

    wait till this guy is Convicted. He is innocent until proven guilty. It’s called civil rights PETA should respect those too.

  • Izzy says:

    Thanks for the ideas for the tshirt Ariel. Also I’ve been looking at many other website regarding this topic and it looks like some good will come from all of this. I’d like to think that there will be tougher laws and that overall animal abuses will be taken much more seriously on a national and hopefully local level. Vick’s sponsors are taking this very seriously and they can’t just drop him now bc he could take legal action against them in the future. If that were to happen imagine this arrogant guy getting huge monetary settlements from Cocacola Nike etc. That would be a slap in the face to all of us who protest him. I imagine him flipping off the world just as he flipped off that stadium full of people. SOOO my point is it is in motion sponsors the NFL are responding and it looks like he has a tough judge to face on the 26th. Let’s stay the course keep up the outcry and justice will come. Look at this site for more info and updates httpsports.yahoo.comnfl

  • coolfusion says:

    If you are really upset about Vick and his treatment of dogs…let Nike know about it. They have set up a phone number to register your complaints. The number is 18003446453 press 5.

  • greg says:

    Well i had so much fun reading all those comments. It really makes me feel good to see just how ugly and mean peta supporters are. I mena its just amazing that you all seem to know that Vick is guilty so you all must go to dog fights alot which means you are all hypocrits or you are all a bunch of morons for being convinced of a persons guilt without hearing any of the fact from either side. I can think of too many other words to truly descibe how stupid it is to make up your mind based only on emotions and zero facts its probly one of the most Idiotic things you can do and yet almost all of you seem to actually like doing this. But really what shoudl i excpect from people who already think they are better than everyone else and that everyone who doesnt do as they say is wrong.

  • Scott says:

    You people disgust me! Since when is a person guilty before being tried for the crime he is ACCUSED of? And where do you get off boycotting the NFL? What the hell do they have to do with what Vick may or may not have done on his personal property. It’s not the NFL’s job to try and convict him it is the job of the judicial system. If it does turn out that he is guilty then by all means lock him up and kick him out of the NFL but until then he is inncoent until proven guilty the same basic right every human being in this country has.

  • jeff says:

    This can’t go away..Picketing should continue at all NFL games and all Home Depots which Arthur Blank owns…..This thug must go away….

  • Yvonne Clark says:

    To Shawn Ferguson You’re a fricking idiot. That is obvious by the lack of spelling in your “ignorant” comment and by your lack of compassion concerning these animals. To even condone something like this you must not have a soul. People like you and Vick need to be put away because you’re nothing put a nuisance to society!!

  • Heidi says:

    Michael Vick is a disgusting worthless waste of space. I have always loved football and the NFL and I have to say if this pile of garbage is allowed to play I will not be watching. I know you are innocent until proven guilty unfortunately in this country if you have alot of cash you have a pretty good chance of being found “innocent”. I have a bad feeling that this may be the case with “Sick Vick”. We need to create better laws in this country we need to start treating animals with respect. I know that the lawmakers might not make alot of money from this and therefore they really have no interest but its time to make a change. Cruelty to animals needs to hold the same sentance as cruelty to humans. Why is this ok?? You can beat and torture a defenseless animal and get community service but if you smoke a little weed they lock you up for years wasting jail space. We have things really backwards in this country and my only hope is that stories like this becoming public will open peoples eyes to the kind of torture animals are being put through. I don’t know what it is going to take to make a change but I can guarantee if these were kids being tortured this would be a differant story and I am sorry but I don’t see why this is any differant??????

  • Peter says:

    I just donated $50 to PETA to show my support.

  • Ariel says:

    Well COMMISIONER GOODELL you talked a good game to try to impress everyone with your initial cleanup act. And your actual accomplishments in the past were indeed very impressive for which you should be commended. However since you don’t mind Vick’s bizarre behavior for which he was indicted and since you have decided to retain him on the team pending further investigation then you shouldn’t mind that the public will “talk” with our wallets meanwhile. As we all know money is the ONLY thing that talks either way for financial gain or loss. Therefore you shouldn’t mind it when Vick’s sponsors are withdrawing andor being boycotted due to YOUR careless decision. Try to tell us that he had no idea about the atrocities going on his own backyard! NO ONE in their right state of mind would condone that. Vick’s did and now you are!

  • cross says:

    I really dont like the racist reamarks hear at all about turning down the rap music who do you think you are so ur a peta supporter are u a racist to Constance dont do that ever again maybe i should protest outside your house with people because ur a racist. i dont agree with dogfighting but let the court handle it. You people have serious issues I MEAN REALLY SERIOUS ITS SCARY.

  • PitOwner says:

    As the owner of a wonderful loving pit I’m obviously furious and full of hate at the ugliness and inhumanity of the allegations. And in that Federal cases have a 95 conviction rate I expect the feds have a strong case and assume that he will be convicted. Which helps. However for those commenting above that the NFL should wait that due process needs to run its course that prosecuting a wealthy black man in the court of public opinion is a dangerous tactic for an already controversial organization PETA I get your arguments. But it is indisputable and undeniable that he owned the house where 50 dead pit bulls where uncovered that he sponsored ie paid to establish pit breeding operations which were subsequently advertised in pit fighting magazines. For this ALONE coupled with Vick’s existing runins with the law the NFL should suspend him for at least part of the season. Even without a conviction there’s more than enough incontrovertible evidence to suspend him for at least part of the season. No doubt he’ll receive a lifetime ban if convicted but until then it’s cowardly of the NFL not to do at least SOMETHING in light of the very known very public facts.

  • lee says:

    I guess the rules for common decency are different for college football and pro football. Two Oklahoma Sooners players were suspended because they were paid for work they didn’t didn’t do at a car dealership and the college was stripped of its ’05 wins and ordered to give up two scholarships for ’08 and ’09. The NFL on the other hand has a player who’s a sadistic evil monster who likes to torture dogs to death and they’re letting him play ball. That ain’t right.

  • Ariel says:

    Izzy just use a white tshirt buy a set of stencils and a magic marker for your message outline the stencil letters with a pencil first to make sure of evenness and there you have it!…your antiVick tshirt! Or you can go to a business that does printing on tshirts if there is one in your area. I’m thinking too that maybe you could print out the PeTA picture of Vick’s abused dogs and maybe the printer can enlarge that to have it on the tshirt…and maybe the printer can even make a poster.

  • Bryce says:

    I say let Vick play it is less time that he can help prepare his defense and makes it more likely that he will get convicted. Although what Vick is doing may be be particarly disgusting this kind of abuse to some degree takes place at almost every dog breeeding operation maybe this case can inpsire people to crack down on all the puppy mills throughout the country.

  • Robby says:

    For an already violent sport you’ve got to wonder what Goodell is thinking by not suspending Vick. What? Is he going to have him attend “sensitivity training?” To quote George Carling when he commented on a situation in which several NY police officers shoved a floor lamp up some guys ass and ripped out his intestines the police announced their were going to have the officers attend sensitivity training. As Carlin puts it “if you need to be told not to shove a large cumbersome object up someone else ass maybe you’re too fucked up to be on the police force to begin with.” So tell me what’s the difference bewteen that and the crulety that Vick has inflicetd on those dogs? None! And I’m not someone who’s against football. I know it’s a violent sport. I stopped watching football because the players were more interested in signing the endorsement checks than playing the game. If baseball can ban the 1919 White Sox forever and Pete Rose for gambling against his own team what a joke then Goodell can ban Vick from football forever! Bunch of pussies! It’s like the old saying goes money talks bullshit walks.

  • Maya says:

    Miguel I agree with you that we should not judge the NFL before Vick’s trial. I completely agree that we can’t judge the whole organization by one guy’s actions. But donating to the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld does not make them animal friendly. SeaWorld is known to mistreat animals and Jack Hannah the retired director of the SD zoo is an abomination and knows nothing about animals. Plus which neither organization is nonprofit. Both make a fortune off the public visiting caged animals. If the NFL wants to clean up their image tell them to donate to the NRDC or an animal shelter or a pit bull rescue group.

  • jon finkle says:

    It is true that you are innocent until proven guilty however the federal government does not take someone to court unless they are damn sure they’ll win. You are not indicted by the federal grand jury unless there is subsantial evidence against the accused. So cut the allegedly crap. 95 conviction rate in the past 6 years. I guess OJ is innocen too. Vick is a bum

  • Izzy says:

    The Falcons are playing a preseason game in August in my hometown. Any ideas as to where I can get an antiVick tshirt? I live in a football loving city so the chances of people protesting are pretty slim. And the Shawn Ferg. email was of course fake. A person like that would not be on the PETA website.

  • Sancho says:

    This fine Mister Goodell with his clean vest from outside does he really have a clean record or is this just another moneymaking shark hiding his teeth? What does he know about Vick and is Vick the only sinner in the team? I start to ask myself many questions!

  • linda green says:

    i never liked football will never like football have never liked the owners the players the greed the mentality and now the heartless tactics… have faith that our country has made huge leaps for the protection of all animals and because the nfl is so money driven anything that affects their pocketbooks directly or the sponsors will have to be addressed.. it’s a new day with a new sheriff in town PETA don’t give up this particular incident has drawn such nationwide attention because of football so this is the perfect opportunity to hang in there and keep up the pressure all of you who don’t see anything wrong with this so called sport just think of your own pets how would you feel if they came home maimed and tortured after a dog fight with missing limbs bloodied limping and spirits broken??? would you feel good and that it was worth it??? could you sleep well? have a conscience

  • kar_kar says:

    Uh I think the message that it sends is that in America you are innocent until proven guilty. I’m outraged about the allegations too…but people remember that they are allegations. Everyone deserves their day in court.

  • Constance says:

    Dear Dana 1 Go back to school and learn to READ AND WRITE PROPER ENGLISH. 2 Turn down your useless rap music and get A CLUE about real issues destroying this Country. 3 For the Love of God DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN. We are saturated with enough ignorant people in this country.

  • John Thompson says:

    As a proud parent of two beautiful dogs I am appalled by the news of this dog fighting syndicate. HOWEVER I am also a big supporter of the American judicial system. Michael Vick deserves his day in court. He is INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. If proven guilty then we can all throw stones. If he is not proven guilty I wonder how many of you would apolegize. Picket the offices of the NFL? Suspend him? I also wonder why all of you think he does not deserve the right to work just because he has been ACCUSED of something. Like I said this was a deplorable act and whomever including Mr. Vick is responsible should be held accountable. Until he or someone is proven guilty though I am not going to be the one who acts completely innocent and perfect and casts stones at the man.

  • Vicmars says:

    I totally agree that the allegations brought on to Vick and his associates regarding the treatment of dogs is way wrong! I am not an animal lover but I can tell you that what they did is completely unacceptable. That being said I think everyone is jumping the gun. To demand Vick not to play and to quit his team is also unacceptable. There is still the matter of due process. I understand how angry some people might be but that is still no reason to make this request and to boycott before anyone has been found guilty in the court of law. It would be acceptable for Vick to give the courtesy to his team and the NFL by taking a break to resolved this indictment. But it should come of his own free will and not on demand from PETA or any other orginazation or individuals. To critisize Roger Goodell for not taking any action is also dumb. This BLOG points out the suspensions of other players for their actions but you fail to realize that these players have been arrested and or convicted of a criminal activity. Vick has no prior record with any kind of criminal activity. Hopefully you will keep an open mind about how our laws work and also not condemn me for my opinion of this situation. Personally I believe he is guilty but that does not give me the right to demand he be banned from the NFL. Below is a good example why Roger has not taken the action so many people want to unfairly demand. Thanks. “The problem Goodell faces in suspending Vick the way he suspended Pacman Jones Tank Johnson or Chris Henry under the personal conduct policy is that Vick has never been arrested or convicted of a crime. While attorneys for both the league and the NFL Players Association said Goodell could suspend Vick such a move could expose the league and the policy to legal challenge particularly if Vick is eventually found not guilty. That is something Goodell would like to avoid.”

  • Kurt says:

    Would Peta please list all of Michael Vick’s sponsors? I found at least 3 at the bottom of Michael Vick’s website. The companies logos were CocaCola Rawlings Air Tran and Powerade. The only thing is Powerade is a CocaCola product. I am going to write all of these companies and ask that they drop their affiliation with Micheal Vick. I hope everyone else does the same thing.

  • Jean B says:

    DO ON TO THE BARBARIAN WHAT THE PSYCHO LITERALLY DID TO THE HELPLESSVOICELESS HE SHOULD BE IN JAIL AWAITING TRIAL AND THEN TRIED AND PROSECUTED AND NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY AGAINPRISON. THEN ALL HIS BLOOD MONEY GOING TO PETA AND OTHER RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS TO SAVE AND PREVENT THE TORTURE AND PASS MAJOR LEGISLATION TO SERIOUSLY PUNISH THESE EVIL!!! AGAIN WHAT IF THESE WERE DEFENSELESS HUMAN CHILDRENNO DIFFERENCE. I WANT TO SEE MORE OUTRAGE FROM OUR CONGRESSSO FAR ONLY 1 WHERE ARE THEY? BOYCOTT THE NFL UNTIL THIS THING GOES TO PRISON FOR MANY YEARS. ATTEND HIS TRIALSSHOW THE JUDGE JURY PROSECUTORS NFL STATE ATTY GENERAL’S OFFICE YOUR THE VOICE FOR THOSE WHO SUFFERED SO HORRIBLY AND IT WILL NO LONGER BE TOLERATED IN 2007 IN THIS COUNTRY YOU WANT JUSTICE!!! HOW DID THIS PIECE OF GARBAGE AND HIS FELLOW PSYCHO BUDDIES GET AWAY WITH THIS FOR 6 YEARS WITH NO ONE REPORTING IT. I WANT ALL WHO KNEW AND WERE INVOLVED ALSO PROSECUTED AND STRIPPED OF ALL THEIR ASSETS. MAYBE IT WILL SHOW THE OTHER EVIL SUB HUMANS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY THEY WILL GET WHAT IS COMING TO THEM. UNFORTUNATELY IT WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH!! DON’T FORGET TO EMAIL NIKE AND NFL

  • btr says:

    Did everyone seem to forget the right to due process? The NFL cannot do anything before this has the opportunity to go to a courtroom. Don’t get me wrong I think he should get plenty of prison time and a lifetime ban from the league if the evidence shows this but to do anything ahead of the court proceedings would be grossly out of line.

  • john scanlon says:

    I would like to know when Mike Vick was in court and for what? In the above article it sais he is no stranger to the court room and other news outlets are saying he has never been in trouble with the law and thats why he isn’t getting suspended……lets report the truth