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August 24, 2007

Collateral plea consequences: NFL suspends Vick indefinitely

As detailed here at NFL.com, "Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Falcons QB Michael Vick on Friday that he is suspended indefinitely without pay from the National Football League, effective immediately."  Here are excerpts from Goodell's letter to 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....

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.

A lot more coverage on all the day's big Vick news can be found at NBC Sports and SI and ESPN.

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Of course, "indefinitely" could mean anywhere from nothing (beyond the baseline of "the conclusion of the legal proceedings," of course) to the rest of Vick's life. It's obvious there will be lots more finger-pointing going on between Vick & his codefendants. It'll be interesting to see what other sentencing adjustments come into play. The leadership adjustment certainly will be considered, but what about a vulnerable victim adjustment?

Posted by: PK | Aug 24, 2007 6:53:57 PM

Perhaps we'll get an update in 82 minutes or so...

Posted by: | Aug 24, 2007 7:03:06 PM

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