NFL: The end of the Vick era in Atlanta?
Michael Vick, the Atlanta Falcons' quarterback, is in real trouble. He pleaded guilty to charges of illegal dogfighting operation, and he's probably facing some time in jail. This occurs only about a week after he pleaded not guilty to exactly the same charges.
Vick was accused of promoting illegal dog fights through a venture named Bad Newz Kennels, where some dogs were sacrificed and some others kept in harsh conditions. Unofficial sources estimate that he'll be given a sentence of 18 months in prison, plus a fine of US $250,000. This information, of course, is not confirmed. But this case against Vick will keep him off the next NFL season, and it is still unknown whether he will ever return to professional football activity.
It looks that the Atlanta Falcons will have to do something about their case, and quick. Michael Vick used to be the key player of the team; his contributions made the Falcons improve their games in the last years. But now, it looks that it's gone. Who'll be the brave quarterback who'll carry that heavy weight on his back?
I am sure that the Falcons are about to start a restructuring period, in which this radical change will negatively affect the team's performance. But they'll have to come through it.
More information about Michael Vick's case on cnn.com.