Originally Posted by OneForTheToe
No way Vick's trial is before the season is over, IMO. If The comish is waiting to see what happens in the courts, then I'd say Vick plays this year. The comish will just have to hope that the Falcons are middle of the road this year, which keeps them out of the news better than if tey are very good or very poor.
Agreed no trial for anyone until 2008; plenty of motions to be hashed out before then.
However, it is not as if that kicks the can down the road and everyone will just cheer for #7 until then. Atlanta sports talk tonight is having fun with Arthur Blank having said for the last several years what an upstanding organization he has developed in Atlanta. Combine that with Blank having indulged Vick (firing Dan Reeves; pushing Vick's wheelchair around when Vick broke his leg) and a lot of fans are saying that Blank will have some problems if he just says this is a league matter. Vick had alienated a lot of folks with Ron Mexico, flipping the bird to the fans, and his special "jewelry bottle" even before this.
Now Vick is in deep, deep water playing in a state where the most beloved team (college or pro) is named the Dawgs and has Ugga the bulldog as its mascot, given this allegation on page 17 of the indictment - “In or about April of 2007, [two other defendants] and Vick executed approximately eight dogs that did not perform well in ‘testing’ sessions at 1915 Moonlight Road by various methods, including hanging, drowning and slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground.”
To give everyone a flavor for how amped up this situation is in Atlanta, a column by Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Mark Bradley (He is not a big fan of #7 - ) ends with this admonition:
AJC.COM NOTE: Due to the volatile subject nature of the Vick investigation, this blog will be opened for comments on Wednesday morning. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
This is going to tear up the Atlanta sports community..