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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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31.

shell    

He makes me want to vomit.......lock him up !!!!

2583 days ago
32.

shelley    

There are too many dog lovers in the world to allow such an offense to go without punishment. The NFL surely had a rough draft of the letter ready and had no intentions of allowing Vick to play again. Who would come to see him?!? Anyone at this point?!?! He would keep the stadiums empty. This is actually worse than Lindsey, Paris, or Nicole in the fact that they have gotten into trouble for being under the influence of drugs/alcohol, or in Paris' case, just driving without hurting anyone. Michael Vick risked what he knew was an extremely succussful career in order to participoate in something not only illegal, but socially deplorable as well! A DUI I can forgive (if you don't hurt anyone). Purposefully killing dogs that are not "performing well enough" is just sick. Pit bulls used to be family animals. The Little Rascals had one! People that raise the animals to be mean are bad enough. People that raise them to kill are pathetic. What kind of sick thrill can you get watching two animals tear each other apart? Really?!! And he didn't do it for money, he can make more in one afternoon. I hope this teaches other NFL superstars (He WAS a superstar!) to invest in a nice Starbucks or Baskin-Robbins if they want to help support family members by opening a business.

2583 days ago
33.

Donna    

Let's have a standing ovation for Roger Godell. :::::::::::::applause:::::::::::::

2583 days ago
34.

UnrulyMiWoman    

Wonderful - abuse dogs, you're suspended indefinitely. Beat your wife or girlfriend, they MIGHT give you a fine. Check out www.womensenews.org

2583 days ago
35.

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2583 days ago
36.

noitall    

*********************** SEIZE THE $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ************************

THE NFL, THE FEDS AND ANYONE ELSE FINANCIALLY AT STAKE HERE, BETTER REQUEST SEIZURE OF VICK'S BANK ACCTS., ETC................'CAUSE HE'S GONNA OWE A LOT OF MONEY TO THESE ENTITIES.

FOR STARTERS, HE'LL HAVE TO GIVE BACK HIS BONUS.............MUCHO $$$$$$$$$$$$$

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

RIGHT BACK WHERE YOU STARTED - DIRT POOR & A NOBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AMONG OTHER THINGS, HE'LL GO DOWN AS ONE OF THE DUMBEST X- FOOTBALL PLAYERS IN HISTORY........

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

2583 days ago
37.

varrick    

Kramer was right. Remember his rant up on stage? Yep he hit the nail on the head. This guy is a ............ and piece of trash. Here's hoping his life is ruined. A toast to a stupid ........

2583 days ago
38.

SHE'S AN ATTENTION WHORE    

This guy has got to be the biggest dumbass alive. He throws away a, what was it, $107 MILLION dollar contract to make $50,000 being cruel to dogs. Dumbasses like him need to be kicked off of planet earth; it'll improve the human gene pool...

2583 days ago
39.

rachel    


RIGHT NOW, YOU BET ANY OTHER NFL PLAYER WHO HAS A DOGFIGHT RING IS QUICKLY AND QUIETLY ERASING ABSOLUTELY EVERY SHRED OF EVIDENCE,
SO THEY DON'T GET CAUGHT TOO!!!

AND RAPPERS TOO! RIGHT, BIG BOI???

2583 days ago
40.

stopthepresses    

Put the sack of crap UNDER the jail!!!

2583 days ago
41.

baggs    

Let's just hope he gets the max jail time required and not some lame ass probation with "community service"

2583 days ago
42.

Reality is....    

blah blah blah....are you a friggin moron?

I would not be afraid of a pit bull off a leash, seriously you aren't any smarter than Michael Vick are you? I am just gonna be totally honest here and let you know what we think....WE think that not one of you are any better than the other. These actions, and yours for sticking up for him are both primitive, savage, babaric, and down right sociopathic.

He did us a favor by killing those dogs? Tell me then, since you know it all....why didn't he just shoot them in the head instead of torturing them in such awful ways? What's your excuse for that? Couldn't buy an illegal gun in the ghetto? couldn't afford to buy a gun? There is NO EXCUSE for torturing an animal.....and ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE for killing one in such cruel ways. It only takes 1 bullet per dog.....not drowning and hanging.

Also, pit bulls don't come out of their mother biting and clawing and killing.....VICK MADE THEM THAT WAY by torture and neglect and cruelty.

It's sick, and I don't give a rat's A** whether he's white or black, I would be saying the same thing if it were Manning. There was NO need for torture....that's just a sick and twisted individual that would do that.

2583 days ago
43.

Jennifer    

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2583 days ago
44.

Arlene    

They need to hang him see how he likes it! I hope he gets the full sentence of five years!

2583 days ago
45.

Angel    

This is such great news! I'm doing the happy dance. Although I'm sure that the NFL, as well as the Falcons, would have preferred an alternate outcome, they know they made the right decision. There would have been waaaaay too much backlash and they both would have lost support as well as revenue. It's all about the bottom line, but I'm still glad it turned out this way.

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