Monday, August 20, 2007

Vick Plea and VT in a tough spot

No surprise that everyone is now reporting, Vick will Plead guilty.

CNN Reports: FL quarterback Michael Vick accepted a deal Monday to plead guilty to federal conspiracy charges involving illegal dogfighting, one of his lawyers confirmed to CNN. "Michael wishes to apologize again to everyone who has been hurt by this matter," attorney Billy Martin said in a written statement.

I actually caught myself feeling sorry for him for a moment, but screw that. He's a sick idiot, but he's got plenty of money in the bank and I really don't care whether he plays again or not. At least he won't be screwing up my fantasy team.

Saw this over the weekend and it has to be a tough position for VT.

Beamer, Va. Tech standing by Vick

Michael Vick's former Virginia Tech coach says he's standing by the embattled quarterback, and the school has no plans - at least not now - to remove a portrait of Vick from the athletic complex or a Vick flag that flies over the stadium.

As two more defendants finalized plea agreements yesterday in a dogfighting case tied to Vick, a school official said it would be premature to consider dismantling a virtual shrine to the Atlanta Falcons quarterback. In 1999, Vick led the Hokies to an 11-0 regular-season record and a berth in the national championship game won by Florida State.

The entrance to a corridor in the $10 million Merryman Athletic Center says "Michael Vick Hall" in raised lettering above a framed portrait of Vick, who faces three felony charges related to the alleged Virginia dogfighting ring. The Associated Press reported that Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Vick's attorneys were negotiating with prosecutors as of late yesterday afternoon, trying to hammer out a plea deal. More...

This is a hard comparison to draw because of the vast difference in the crimes committed, but I'll draw it anyway. This has to remind you a bit about the pickle USC was in after the whole OJ thing. Their most famous alum got away with murder and his history and face were all over the USC program. They eventually found a way to distance themselves, but it was very uncomfortable.