Vick Case Drawing Congressional Scrutiny

The possible involvement of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in a dog fighting ring in Virginia is drawing attention on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) wrote a letter today to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging him to take strong disciplinary action against Vick if it's determined that Vick is involved in the practice.

Lantos, the co-chairman of the Congressional Friends of Animals Caucus, wrote to Goodell he was "outraged that one of the National Football League's superstars is affiliated with such a heinous enterprise," and added: "As evidence of Mr. Vick's involvement mounts, I implore you to act swiftly and forcefully. Your strong rebuke of dog fighting--and those who promote it--will send the message that this all-too-prevalent practice has no place in a civilized society. I will view anything less than the strongest repudiation of Mr. Vick's involvement as tacit support for this atrocious activity."

Said Greg Aiello, the NFL's vice president of public relations: "We received the letter today, appreciate the congressman's concern, and will continue to monitor the situation."

Authorities are investigating the case and determining whether any charges will be filed.

By Mark Maske |  May 18, 2007; 11:16 PM ET  | Category:  Falcons , League
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can our gubb'mnt PLEASE stay out of the sports arena and stick to things more worthy of their efforts? saaaayyy... THE WAR?!?!?!?

Posted by: pack4life | May 19, 2007 10:11 AM

Look out when members of Congress say they are "outraged" about something. Sounds like someone has a hankering for setting up a blue ribbon task force. Why not let local law enforcement and the NFL handle this? I'm sure Californians represented by Rep. Lantos have no more important priorities.

Posted by: Frank | May 21, 2007 4:18 PM

If the NFL doesn't do anything about this because they wanna protect their most overrated player in history, the government must step in and must investigate if anything illegal has been done here.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 22, 2007 10:28 AM

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