|Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank applauds NFL's indefinite suspension of Vick|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 24 August 2007 12:36|
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank strongly condemned Michael Vick's conduct, which led to the quarterback's indefinite suspension by the NFL on Friday.|
``His admissions describe actions that are incomprehensible and unacceptable for a member of the National Football League and the Atlanta Falcons,'' Blank said in a statement released by the team.
Falcons president and general manager Rich McKay met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York before the announcement, which came just hours after Vick filed his plea agreement on a dogfighting charge.
In court papers, Vick acknowledged he bankrolled gambling on dogfighting and helped kill some dogs. The plea agreement will be formally entered in U.S. District Court on Monday in Richmond, Va.
``We respect and support the commissioner's decision,'' Blank said.
Goodell said he would review Vick's suspension after all the legal proceedings.
Before the NFL's announcement, Falcons players welcomed the news that Vick had filed his plea agreement.
``I'm just glad that Mike is finally just dealing with it and doing what he had to do and understands the mistake he made,'' receiver Joe Horn said. ``Hopefully he can go on with his life and he can come back and definitely play football.''
Joey Harrington, the team's new starting quarterback, said the plea agreement won't interfere with plans for his first home game with the Falcons. The Falcons, who played their first two preseason games on the road, will face Cincinnati in the Georgia Dome on Monday night.
``Our stance hasn't changed,'' Harrington said. ``I think the organization did a good job of addressing things right away. We all wish Mike well as a family member and a teammate, but we have things we want to take care of this season.''
Veteran running back Warrick Dunn said the latest developments would not disturb the team's preparations.
``I don't think anyone is really concerned about it,'' Dunn said. ``There will be some reports and people will talk about it, but I think everyone here is focused on football. We can't control anything that happens that's not here.''
Added Horn: ``We're keeping the focus. We have a job to do. We're professionals. We have a job to do for our families, first of all, and for the organization. We owe it to our families, ourselves and to this owner to win football games, and that's what we'll do.''
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