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NAACP To NFL: Welcome Vick Back After Sentence


Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has not been sentenced yet in his federal dogfighting case, but the NAACP is urging the NFL and the Falcons to welcome Vick back after he serves his prison time.  Atlanta NAACP Chapter President R.L. White says he doubts that Vick is really guilty of everything that is alleged and probably did not know everything that went on at his Virginia property.  “As a society, we should aid in his rehabilitation and welcome a new Michael Vick back into the community without a permanent loss of his career in football,” said White. “We further ask the NFL, Falcons, and the sponsors not to permanently ban Mr. Vick from his ability to bring hours of enjoyment to fans all over this country.”

White says Vick may be guilty of some offenses, but could be taking responsibility for crimes that he did not commit.  Vick entered into a plea deal Monday and faces sentencing of one year to 18 months in prison later.  “At this point, you’re not looking at guilt or innocence,” White said, referring to the possible harsher sentence Vick could have received had he taken his case to trial and been found guilty. “You’re thinking, ‘What I better do is cut my losses and take a plea.’ But if he saw this as the best thing to do at this point for his future, then I think he made the correct choice.”

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