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
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