Atlanta Falcons' Quarterback Michael Vick, former Virginia Tech Gator Bowl MVP and 2001 NFL first-round draft pick is now convicted felon Michael Vick.
The Vick who entered a guilty plea in federal court last month admitting to conspiracy in a dog-fighting ring and helping to kill pit bulls was a far cry from the cocky athlete we saw a couple of months ago proclaiming his "complete innocence on all charges" and declaring that "America would always love Michael Vick."
Anyone who's followed his career with the Falcons shouldn't be that surprised by any of this.
In 2004, two men driving a truck registered to Vick were arrested for distributing marijuana. That same year, while Vick was boarding a flight in Atlanta, some members of his group were caught on a security camera stealing an airport security screener's watch.
In 2005, Vick was sued by a woman who said she contracted genital herpes from him three years earlier. She claimed he was aware he had the disease, visited clinics under an alias, but never informed her. Vick settled that case out of court.
In 2006, after a Falcons' loss in the Georgia Dome, Vick made obscene gestures to booing fans and was fined $10,000 by the NFL.
Earlier this year, he was stopped at an airport security checkpoint for having a water bottle with a secret compartment containing a suspicious substance. He was able to get those charges dropped.
So, it wasn't a stretch for us to believe that he was involved in a dog-fighting ring. The stretch was his admission to all charges except betting on the dog fights, as if financing the ring and destroying dogs was one thing, but he'd never stoop to betting on the results.
We're betting he can kiss that record-breaking, ten-year contract and signing bonus goodbye when he's sentenced to jail in December.
That's what we think, tell us what you think. (kd)