Vick's teammates, handlers need to take some blame

JODY VANCE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 6:17 AM ET

In several columns over the past few weeks, I have clearly shared my shock and horror at Atlanta Falcons star quarterback Michael Vick.

Now that Vick's lawyer has announced that his client will plead guilty to a series of charges relating to a dogfighting operation that went on at his property, I can now ask, without having to worry about the innocent-until-proven-guilty line, how a millionaire superstar could be allowed to go down this road?

Vick went from All-American to pro bowler to poster boy for the celebrity athlete who is about to be made an example of. He becomes one of the rare ones to actually be held accountable for his actions to the fullest extent of the law. He is staring at prison time and possibly a lifetime ban from the NFL.

Where, might I ask, were all of the advisors, coaches, friends and teammates when Vick started making questionable choices in his personal life?

Did no one say a word when they first saw the bloodied dog-fighting pit, kennels and torture chambers where animals were put to death? It's all right there on the pivot's property.

Any one of us, I would hope, wouldn't waste a moment in pointing out to a friend, no matter what the balance in his bank account, just how much trouble this sort of illegal activity could bring.

I know a dog lover would smack these people upside of their heads for even considering such a "sport" to gamble upon.

Herein lies the issue. To all of you who knew -- and you know who you are -- how do you sleep at night? Shame.

While justice will come to Michael Vick on Aug. 27, the day he is scheduled to file his guilty plea before a judge, there is injustice for the man behind the NFL persona -- this guy was no independent freewheeling football player, he was a 100-million corporation and his "people" didn't want to risk losing their gravy train over a few dead dogs.

Jody Vance is a sportscaster with Leafs TV. Her columns appear Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours. 


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