The breaking news that is out there now, is that Michael Vick of the Atlanta Falcons will plead guilty to dogfighting charges, according to his attorney. So now that Vick’s end of the deal is close to a resolution, just where does the NFL and Arthur Blank stand?
I find it funny how Arthur Blank of the Atlanta Falcons has reacted to the whole situation. Back when Vick was at the Miami airport trying to get marijuana on a airplane via a waterbottle, it was Blank and the Falcon’s Brass that quickly prosecuted him. Then they was left with the task to reel back from their emotions, after the charges was dropped. As far as Arthur Blank was concerned this was something he could sweep under the carpet. Just like he has swept the middle finger incident, where Vick flipped off his own home fans. Also you have the Ron Mexico incident that was overlooked and settled out of court when Vick gave a lady herpes. You look at his brother Marcus and see the problems that existed there, it was clear that Michael Vick was a bad seed.
Now after all those things, he was going to be able to play football in Hotlanta this year. Until the latest charges of dogfighthing surfaced. Blank and crew learned from the waterbottle incident to let the law runs it’s course before making any statements. Until they felt pressure from the media and other protest groups, then they caved in and pointed the finger at Vick too.
This shows you the man that is behind Arthur Blank. When the going gets tough, just quit. That is the attitude and perception that the owner of the Atlanta Falcons has given off. He took the high road and didn’t want superstars like Randy Moss and Terrell Owens when they wanted to come to Atlanta. Now Blank is left alone with his choir boys to compete in one of the toughest sports in the world and with no marketable player on the roster. Don’t expect the Falcons to have any Thanksgiving or Monday Night games next year. No one wants to see this team play football and that includes the fans in Atlanta.
Now the part that is most sickening about all of this ties in with the Virginia Tech Shootings where Vick went to college at. After these things were brought up, the NFL and Arthur Blank allowed Vick to take part in a tribute to the Virginia Tech Shootings at the NFL Draft. This was a mistake and I wondered why either party allowed him to be at the draft. Now that the world is against Vick, they jump on the bandwagon party too.
The lack of Arthur Blank and the NFL to stand behind Vick until things were more clearly out in the open, showed their weakness to public pressure. Blank will never be the owner of a Super Bowl team with his method of taking care of players, showing favortism, and then not willing to support his own players. Vick obviously needs a friend and the people that should have been there for him, was some of the first ones to turn their back and run from him.
I hope these people can live with their self if this takes a turn for the worse and we hear about Michael Vick commiting suicide or something like that. How will Peta, the NFL, and Arthur Blank feel when they hear a story like that? He did something bad and needs punishment. There are no doubts there, but people have to realize when punishment has been served, and Michael Vick has been punished for his crime.
So now you can officially toss the Atlanta Falcons in the same hat as the Bengals, Raiders, and Vikings for having players on their team that caused so much disruption off the field, it hurt their team’s success on the field. Blank might be a whiz at building a home, but he is one of the worse owners ever for building a football team. It’s unthinkable to believe how good this team could have been if they would have brought in the Superstars when they wanted to play in Atlanta and didn’t concern their self so much on locker room disruptions.