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Stepping in a pile of Vick

Michael Vick just keeps getting deeper and deeper into trouble. Aside from his federal problems of dog fighting, he now faces state indictment in Virginia for the same basic offense. And on top of all of those problems - it's been discovered that he has a drug problem.

What a waste.

Mr. Vick was one of the most talented quarterbacks in the National Football League - having played several seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He now finds himself suspended from the game of professional football. Rightfully so, I say.

Mr. Vick has brought all of this on himself.

These weren't cooked up charges against another professional athlete. They were sound charges brought against by those whose job it is to prosecute those who break the law.

I applaud each person who played a role in bringing this case to justice. After all, just because a person makes millions of dollars as an athlete and has the celebrity status that Mr. Vick had, shouldn't make him above the law.

Apparently, Mr. Vick thought it did. Wonder what he thinks today.

It's a real shame what this man did to himself. It's an even greater shame what he did to thousands of youngsters and teenage football players around the country who looked up to him as a sports hero or role model.

The man who seemingly had it all, including a promising brilliant career in professional football, is now witnessing the crumbling of it all.

It was ridiculous for him to ever think he could break the law and get away with it.

Shame, shame, shame!

Earlier this month, Mr. Vick admitted his guilt in U.S. Federal Court to bankrolling a dog fighting operation on property he owns in Surry County, Va. Certain conditions were placed on him by the judge in the case until he is sentenced. One of those conditions was not to use illegal drugs.

And to make sure that he didn't, he was told that he might have to submit a urine sample under federal probation guidelines to ensure the court that he was abiding by the conditions set forth by the judge.

As it turned out, a urine sample submitted by Mr.Vick on Sept. 13, tested positive for use of marijuana. Such was just learned by the judge, as well as the public last week.

Now, Judge Henry Hudson has placed Mr. Vick on house arrest - ordering that he be placed under electronic monitoring and that he be restricted to his home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Good thing I'm not the judge. I would have jailed him, period.

While still young, Mr. Vick better learn the importance of getting his life on track.

Web posted on Thursday, October 04, 2007

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