July 26, 2007
For Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Michael Vick, no hard sack could be nearly as painful as what he faces now. The possibility of up to six
years in prison.
Thursday Vick and three other men will be arraigned in Richmond Federal Court, charged with sponsoring a brutal dog-fighting ring on land Vick owns in Virginia.
Prosecutors say when dogs weren't aggressive enough they were either shot, drowned, electrocuted, hanged or beaten to death.
Since the allegations surfaced Vick has been hounded by protesters from several animal rights groups but the organization making the most noise is from right here in Vick s home state, PETA.
From the city where he plays, to New York where the NFL is headquartered, to Richmond, members of "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" are calling for Vick, one of the highest paid players, to be ousted from the league.
"You have a huge segment of the population here, people are like he's guilty as sin, he's done a bunch of dumb things. Then you have a large segment of the people here in this city that feel like has hasn't had due process" said Doug Stewart, of "2 Live Stews."
The Falcons owner wants to suspend Vick for the maximum allowed penalty, a four game suspension, but the NFL, which is cracking down on player behavior, off the field has instead ordered the quarterback to stay away from training camp, which coincidentally begins today.