Dogfighting Update

The NFL is getting there on Michael Vick, slowly but surely. He hasn't been suspended yet, but you can tell that he's leaning that way with this move.

Michael Vick was ordered by commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday to stay away from the Atlanta Falcons' training camp until the league reviews the dogfighting charges against him.

"While it is for the criminal justice system to determine your guilt or innocence, it is my responsibility as commissioner of the National Football League to determine whether your conduct, even if not criminal, nonetheless violated league policies, including the Personal Conduct Policy," Goodell said in a letter to the quarterback.

Now, Vick is going to still get his preseason pay, and Goodell has told the Atlanta Falcons to hold off on any disciplinary action of their own until the league gets finished with him. But this signals, to my mind, that the league is questioning only the length of Vick's suspension, not the suspension itself. It's a shame that it has taken such vocal protests to make even this much happen, but I'm glad to see the league taking these steps.

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