Blank Says It Remains Unclear if Vick Will Ever Play for Falcons Again

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said today, in the aftermath of Michael Vick's sentencing, that it remains unclear if the quarterback ever will play for the team again.

"I would never use the word never," Blank said in a taped interview shown on the team's Website. "I would say there's always a chance. But, quite candidly, we as an organization, as a football team, have to look forward. We have to go forward. We have to assume Michael's not going to be back [and] going to be out of football for three full years."

By Mark Maske |  December 10, 2007; 4:36 PM ET  | Category:  Falcons
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Why would Blank take him back? Vick is a liar. Even when given the opportunity to come clean, he lied to investigators about his role in KILLING dogs. He said he was going to focus on changing, and that Jesus would show him the way. Now, I'm not a religious person, but I don't recall anywhere in the Bible did Jesus tell the penitent that smoking big fat blunts while awaiting sentencing was the way to Him. So long, Vick, you arrogant piece of human filth. You will never learn your lesson.

Posted by: Ron Mexico | December 10, 2007 7:20 PM

Why would Blank take him back? Vick is a liar. Even when given the opportunity to come clean, he lied to investigators about his role in KILLING dogs. He said he was going to focus on changing, and that Jesus would show him the way. Now, I'm not a religious person, but I don't recall anywhere in the Bible did Jesus tell the penitent that smoking big fat blunts while awaiting sentencing was the way to Him. So long, Vick, you arrogant piece of human filth. You will never learn your lesson.

Posted by: Bye MIke | December 10, 2007 7:22 PM

Whoa! Envy is ugly!

Posted by: Doug | December 10, 2007 7:22 PM

The fact that he's leaving the door open is a sad statement.

Posted by: Giants Fan | December 10, 2007 8:03 PM

Sad that's he's leaving the door open for Vick to be a Falcon again.

Posted by: Giants Fan | December 10, 2007 8:12 PM

If memory serves, Brett Favre got a second chance after confessing to illegal drug use. I'd like to see Mike Vick given a second chance. His skills are undeniable. His personal flaws have been laid out for all to see. I, for one, hope the best for him.

Posted by: Doug | December 10, 2007 8:19 PM

Atlanta's Michael Vick will be back as a concessioner perhaps but smoking pot awaiting your federal sentence shows me there is more than just this vile mess to deal with in that 'boyz' head.

Welcome to Bad News Prison.

Posted by: Harry Hechinger | December 10, 2007 8:32 PM

I can't believe Blank made that inane statement. Vick is convicted on heinous felonies and he wants to leave the door open? What an as*hole. Yea, your fans really want to welcome back and root on a killer of helpless animals. Not in this lifetime! The NFL should step in and state he is barred from play for life.

Posted by: capone1 | December 10, 2007 8:36 PM

God forbid that an American citizen should smoke pot! Arrest him!

Posted by: CannabisMan | December 10, 2007 8:41 PM

Just saw Blank on MNF and he commented that Vick has to not eat too much fried chicken in prison and get out of shape. Eat too much fried chicken? Is that a common dish in prison?

Posted by: GoGiants | December 10, 2007 10:41 PM

Here's what I don't get. Why is everyone so up in arms about DOGS being brutally tortured and killed, when this happens EVERY DAY to other helpless, precious animals. It's called the meat industry.

(It's also called "hunting," which is the celebration of how automatic weapons turned on defenseless, frightened creatures proves one's manlihood. It's penis envy, folks. Real men don't need guns and violence to prove their worth. Or nuclear weapons. But I digress.)

I'm a vegetarian, but never a preachy one and certainly not militant. Generally I only discuss this if asked about it directly. I only speak up NOW when I perceive a double standard. So here's the deal... only people who don't eat the flesh of other living animals get to call Vick out on being a sadist. Everyone else needs to sit calmly in the background on this one, ok? How much you wanna bet the prosecutor and judge who ruled on Vick treated themselves to a lovely steak dinner after this trial finished up today? Guess what folks - you eat steak, you've funded and supported the ruthless torture of a cow - there's no way around this, no matter how funny the kids think the smiling clown is. And if this is the case, if you are a meat eater, you have no moral authority to judge Vick's actions - he's only doing what the people who provide your food are doing every day! Granted, with different justifications (I doubt Vick was serving pit bull steaks), but moral relativity matters little to a cow being strung up by its hooves while still living, screaming to deaf ears. Dogs happen to have the enviable position of being "cute" - but how is killing a dog ANY different from killing a cow or chicken? All of this stuff is culturally determined. So those of you who would judge - take a look at your dinner plates, then go online and watch some footage of the meat plants - blatant hypocrisy, anyone?

Nuff said. Sorry if this is perceived as offensive, but I feel that there's just so much hypocrisy going on here! Phew.

Posted by: Jason M. | December 10, 2007 11:08 PM

Whoa! Doug is ugly!

Posted by: Envy | December 11, 2007 12:06 AM

Why do people think Vick's sentence is only for dog fighting? Let's see there was the fact he was operating a dogfighting ring across state lines, which is a felony. He funded the entire operation, and even put his money up for gambling. ( another felony)

Then he lied, and lied some more. ONly when he took a polygraph did he come clean.

Then while awaiting his sentence, he fails a drug test. ( not very bright)

So let's see, the kingpin in an illeagle dogfighting ring, going across state lines and gambling on those same fights. Then he denied everything until he was hooked up to the lie detector.
And to top it off, he decided to smoke marijuana while awaiting his sentence.

Posted by: JP | December 11, 2007 10:50 AM

Vick was framed...he was overheard saying "the bi#&h set me up".

Posted by: Scooby Doo | December 11, 2007 3:37 PM

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