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Falcons Won't Sack Vick

8/27/2007 1:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Atlanta Falcons won't cut Michael Vick -- he's just too damn valuable. Well, at least his contract is.
Michael Vick
In a press conference, Falcons owner Arthur Blank said that while he's "profoundly disappointed and saddened" by Vick's action, the team is not willing to throw Vick to the dogs.

"We cannot tell you today that Michael is cut from the team," said Blank. "It may feel better emotionally, but it's not in the long term best interest of our franchise."


Blank added, "If we had any idea this was going on ... we would have dealt with it immediately."

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Somebody , shoot it! Quick!    

Atlanta Falcon fans need and Atlantians need to protest this and have an Rev. Al Shaptond ma' ch. This is ridiculous. Bad for Atlanta and theNFL.

2579 days ago
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Dixie in Myrtle Beach    

I DO NOT THINK MICHAEL VICK IS GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF FANS IF THEY LET HIM PLAY AGAIN....I THINK HE WILL BE ROUNDLY BOOED ON EVERY FIELD IN THE USA....AND PROBABLY THE FIELDS WILL BE COVERED WITH STUFFED ANIMALS...HE IS A USELESS THUG!!!

2579 days ago
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kdolphin40    

They will when no one shows up for their games. I hope the dude get the max sentence.

2579 days ago
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CountryGirl9    

Glad to see that the Falcons Owners are choosing Money over Ethics. Glad that I will no longer be supporting the Falcons!!

2579 days ago
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Amanda    

I for one will not be attending any more Falcons games. Or watching them on TV!

2579 days ago
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Kate    

WOW...what a way to inspire the young fans of the NFL and Vick. Do a crime, lie about it but keep your multi-millon dollar job. What a crock of bull!!

2579 days ago
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Beth    

Of course they can't cut him if they hope to reclaim any of his signing bonus. They must keep him on the "books" and ANNUALLY make a claim against a portion of the aforementioned bonus. This must go on for at least 2 yrs if not more.

2579 days ago
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~k    

OJ ; Ray Carruth ; Vick ... National Felons League .. PFFFT !

2579 days ago
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Maureen    

It sounds like they will give Michae Vick a chance to redeem himself and they should.

2579 days ago
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Michelle in Panama City, FL    

WTF?!? "If we had any idea....?" Who the hell is he kidding? Has he been haning out with Bin Ladin for the last 6 months? I'm more than half tempted to drive to Atlanta & slap the dog s#it out of this 'man'. Money is the root of all evil you jerk! Cut the Felon or change the name of your team. It IS only two letters, you know.

2579 days ago
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Dixie in Myrtle Beach    

I HOPE THE FALCONS GET ALL OF THEIR MONEY BACK AND THAT THE FEDS TAKE VICK'S PROPERTY WHERE THE CRIMES OCCURRED. VICK IS AN IDIOT!!!

2579 days ago
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gizmo    

How sorry. He needs to be cut. These celebs/sports people need to be punished. What kind of example is he??

2579 days ago
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Cat    

BY NOT CUTTING HIM LOOSE, THE FALCONS ARE SAYING LOUD AND CLEAR "THAT THEY SUPPORT DOG FIGHTING AND ANY OTHER CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR" SHAME ON THE FALCONS FOR NOT GETTING RID OF HIM.

2579 days ago
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Michael    

he's isn't getting fired because his contract is mostly guaranteed, if he stays on the team they don't have to pay him as he is suspended, if he gets cut, then they owe him.

It worse for Vick that he stays on the team

2579 days ago
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Cindy    

Sure its not the best interest of the franchise, money comes before moral ethics, what a role model he is for our youth, if you're a celebutard or a valuable sports player who breaks the law, it's ok, you'lll do little or no time, get a slap on the wrist and you'll be back to work making millions in no time, how pathetic!

2579 days ago
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