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NFL Suspends Vick

8/24/2007 6:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Michael Vick today that he is indefinitely suspended without pay from the National Football League, effective immediately.

Following are excerpts from Commissioner Goodell's letter Vick:


Your admitted conduct was not only illegal, but also cruel and reprehensible. Your team, the NFL, and NFL fans have all been hurt by your actions.

Your plea agreement and the plea agreements of your co-defendants also demonstrate your significant involvement in illegal gambling. Even if you personally did not place bets, as you contend, your actions in funding the betting and your association with illegal gambling both violate the terms of your NFL Player Contract and expose you to corrupting influences in derogation of one of the most fundamental responsibilities of an NFL player. You have engaged in conduct detrimental to the welfare of the NFL and have violated the league's Personal Conduct Policy.

I will review the status of your suspension following the conclusion of the legal proceedings. As part of that review, I will take into account a number of factors, including the resolution of any other charges that may be brought against you, whether in Surry County, Virginia, or other jurisdictions, your conduct going forward, the specifics of the sentence imposed by Judge Hudson and any related findings he might make, and the extent to which you are truthful and cooperative with law enforcement and league staff who are investigating these matters.

I have advised the Falcons that, with my decision today, they are no longer prohibited from acting and are now free to assert any claims or remedies available to them under the Collective Bargaining Agreement or your NFL Player Contract.

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drow1stboy    

if only amadou diallo and sean bell had been pitbulls...perhaps then justce would have prevailed.now i know what ward churchill meant...when he...rightly so...called you..."little eichmans".

2427 days ago
137.

Boaterlady    

All this talk about a young black male being thrown into the spotlight of sports. How they do not really know how to handle all "this" at one time.

Well, normally I would agree. Most need money managers and guidance. But, Vick has an OLDER brother he got life lessons from.

2427 days ago
138.

Reggie the Dog    

I'd like to piss on his leg.

2427 days ago
139.

"Chill Will"    

The statement by the commish was worded very well and says it all. I feel that no animal or human should be mistreated. Hopefully, Vick will learn from this tragedy. Now lets get our troops home!!

2427 days ago
140.

jess    

michael vick is a disgusting excuse for a human being.
if he ever plays again, it will be my last day watching the NFL!

2427 days ago
141.

JJ    

Hunters are left alone because they do not mistreat the animals. Hunters kill animals faster and more humanly then the pig that was slautered for your bacon that you ate this morning. If this is your only defense of this guy, you have no knowledge of the world and need to read something other than bus stop signs. This has nothing to do with race. It has everything to do with a man who believes that he is above everything and everyone and has no soul.

2427 days ago
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gingergirl    

Thank you, Mr. Goodell. Vicks is a low life creep and he proved it by trying to blame his poor friends. I believe, that he has serious issues, that should be dealt with by a psychiatrist. Even his own father stated that he abused dogs in the past. Regardless, of the color of anyone skin, this is wrong.

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