The Nightmare is Far From Being Over for Vick

By: Claudia Beckford

The year 2007 has been definitely not the year for the NFL star Michael Vick. Since last January, when his suspicious bottle of water was seized by security at Miami International Airport because the police said it smelled like marijuana and had a hidden compartment containing some dark particulate, even when the lab tests didn't found evidence of drugs and he was cleared by the police, it seems like it was a bad omen of what had yet to come.

On April, it began the dog fighting case, which took place in a property of his own in Surry County; he already pleaded guilty of the charges on a written federal plea, and is waiting for the sentence scheduled for December 10 and in the meantime he was placed under a pre-trial release. In addition to this case, the last indictment presented was for Vick "beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs and engaging or promoting dog fighting".

The sentence could be of a maximum of 5 years in prison and a 250000 dollars fine. Due to these indictments, the Atlanta Falcons quarterback's career is going down, since he was indefinite suspended by the NFL commissioner, although this suspension could carry other motives besides his involvement with illegal betting as it was suspected that he was on drugs.



This was cleared on Wednesday, September 26, when the federal judge in his case applied more restrictions to his release because a urine sample taken on September 13 came up positive for marijuana.

This only makes it all worst for him, now he's restricted to leave his house between 10pm and 6am, with electronic monitoring and also must submit to random drug testing. Besides, using marijuana is considered a violation to his conditions of release, which can seriously affect the judge decision when he determinates the sentence for the case he's involved with.

The bottom line is, considering all this facts, that the chances of watching Michael Vick in a NFL season in the future are quite remote. At least one can assume that his days with the Atlanta Falcons are completely over, as the team owner is extremely uncomfortable with Vick's implication with the dog fighting, even more than he is with his drug problems.

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