RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Michael Vick's NFL career is in serious
jeopardy. The NFL has suspended the Atlanta Falcons quarterback
indefinitely without pay. The punishment was doled out hours after
Vick admitted to conspiracy in a dogfighting ring and helping to
kill pit bulls. Vick says he only bankrolled the operation and
didn't bet on the fights.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') says Vick's conduct
was "not only illegal but also cruel and reprehensible." Goodell
adds that regardless of whether Vick personally placed bets, his
actions in funding the betting and his association with illegal
gambling both violate the terms of his NFL player contract.
Goodell says he'll review the status of the suspension following
the conclusion of legal proceedings.
Vick is scheduled to formally enter his plea Monday. He's not
expected to be sentenced for several months. Nike also formally
severed its ties with Vick following the NFL's move.