July 19, 2007

The whole thing is for the dogs.

There has been a lot of flack for Michael Vick (Atlanta Falconís QB) for his indictment in the dog-fighting incident that took place on his property. On the radio, in the news, on blogs people have been condemning him for being involved in all of this. They donít even hear his side, they are just ready to put the shoe on the other foot and feed him to the dogs.

Vick on the other hand is denying any knowledge of the incidents and involvement with it. Whether this is true or not I donít know, all I do know is this: An indictment is not proof of guilt. Itís just a formal accusation of having committed a criminal offense, usually felony level. The prosecutor has to prove to a Grand Jury that there is enough evidence to bring the case to trial. At least that is how it is in Illinois.

There are numerous cases where people have been indicted of a crime and been found not guilty. Until this whole thing goes to trial and a verdict is given, Iím reserving my judgment. Iím not saying heís innocent, Iím not saying if he was involved it is okay. All Iím saying is that Iím going to wait for the legal system to find him guilty or not before I crucify the man and demand that his career be destroyed.

This is America, and the last time I checked we are still innocent until proven guilty.

Posted by Contagion in Football at July 19, 2007 05:59 PM | TrackBack

You dont love me, you just love my Doggie Style!

Posted by: Bruce at July 19, 2007 07:05 PM

You'd think it worked that way, but look at that guy who was not even indicted for the Olympic bombings in Atlanta. (I don't think he was indicted...) Everyone frickin' crucified that guy. He was a security guard, was Johnny on the Spot, and suddenly every hack psychologist was out there screaming he had some sort of 'wannabe cop complex' or all sorts of weird stuff, and the media completely crucified him. Every talking head, 'Guilty, Guilty, Guilty'.

And he was NOT guilty. I think it was that freak Randolph that did it. But now... i think the former security guard is very rich. The whole thing sucked.

Posted by: Bou at July 19, 2007 07:06 PM

Nifong got indictments, which says something about how easy they are to get.

But I want the Falcons to get rid of Vick. Not because of the dog fighting stuff - I'm willing to wait until due process has been carried out before I pass judgement on that - but because I'm sick of seeing him run AND FUMBLE. And run and FUMBLE.

Makes me long for the days of Steve Bartkowski and his bad knees.

Posted by: Jenna at July 20, 2007 12:24 PM

Even though I have never been a Vick fan(Michael or Marcus)I am reserving judgement until the process runs it's course.
However, this is only the latest in a string of Vick related offenses and I do think he should take some time away from the team to avoid the ensuing media circus that could only harm the Falcons in the long run.

Posted by: spurs at July 20, 2007 12:40 PM

Exactly - exactly right! I've seen this type of thing happen far too often. I HATE when people are tried and found guilty in the media. Period.

Let's wait and see what happens when he gets a fair trial. (if that's even possible by now) Isn't that how this country is supposed to be? Sheesh!

Posted by: Teresa at July 23, 2007 09:17 PM