Michael Vick Got His Walking Papers from Atlanta Falcons
Michael Vick is out of jail and out of a job. The Atlanta Falcons informed Mr. Vick today that he would no longer be playing for that team.
Vick, once the highest-paid player in the league, is making $10 an hour as a construction worker while he serves the final two months of his sentence on home confinement in Hampton, VA. He was released from federal prison in Kansas on May 20, the AP reports.
"Everybody always knew that Mike wouldn't be playing with the Falcons," said Vick's agent, Joel Segal. "He's really just taking it one day at a time."
Statement from Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff
regarding Michael Vick
June 12, 2009
"The Atlanta Falcons today relinquished their contractual rights to quarterback Michael Vick.
"Michael remains suspended by the NFL. However, in the event NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decides to reinstate Michael, we feel his best opportunity to re-engage his football career would be at another club.
"Our entire organization sincerely hopes that Michael will continue to focus his efforts on making positive changes in his life, and we wish him well in that regard.”
Vick was drafted by the Falcons in 2001 and played six seasons with the team (2001-2006).
No information is available at this time regarding Mr. Vick's future plans.
June 13, 2009
ATLANTA —(AP) Less than five years after the Atlanta Falcons signed Michael Vick to a $130 million contract, the suspended quarterback was released in a 98-word statement. Vick is eligible to immediately sign with a team even though he has not been reinstated by [NFL] commissioner Roger Goodell.
Too bad you weren't a dog, my brother
In my heart, I cried
Many more people would care about you
And wonder why you died
You had no spots or floppy ears
You never fetched a ball
Instead, you were a human being
But poor, black, and flawed
You died in jail for mental illness
I know down in my heart
Your death would be investigated
If only you could bark
Dog deaths get swift justice
Their abusers are sent to jail
Poor Mama would have closure now
If you'd had a wagging tail
But you were made in God's image
And some day, I have no doubt
The mentally ill and American dogs
Will have at least equal clout
by Mary Neal - all rights reserved
One day I hope to ask Michael Vick what it feels like to be fired over dogs and jailed for their abuse and deaths by the same government that refuses to investigate the death of an American with a disability who was secretly arrested in Shelby County Jail and returned to his family as a corpse. I love animals and believe they should be protected. The difference between my viewpoint and the USDOJ is that I believe human beings deserve the same.
The DOG JUSTICE poem was written one night as I watched television news and saw police and federal agents combing Vick's ranch for evidence. It was after the USDOJ wrote and told me it had received no report of Larry Neal's death from Shelby County jail and had no intention of investigating his secret arrest and death there, despite the fact that the USDOJ was in overview of the jail at the time. The NFL had Eric Holder, the man who is now U.S. Attorney General, to investigate dog abuse allegations against Vick.
There is something wrong with a country and a justice system that values dogs over human beings - over its citizens. Many things confuse me. A woman who rents helicoptors and flies over Alaska killing mother bears and other animals runs for vice president and is a governor; a jail that disposed of a handicapped American goes free of investigation despite his family's protests for six years; and Vick goes to jail and is fired. Perhaps the difference is that Gov. Palin has a hunting license, and jails apparently have a license to kill black men, but Vick had none.
The news of Larry's secret death is highly censored despite over 50,000 people having read about it in our website at http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com and in the articles I publish online. Last month, the USDOJ was sent a FIOA Request asking why the agency apparently allowed Shelby County Jail to enter perjury in federal court to win release from the USA v. Shelby County Jail lawsuit, which was filed several years before Larry's demise. In 2003 when Larry was killed, the Agreement reached between the jail and the USA was in full effect, requiring that the jail report all inmate deaths and give details to the USDOJ. See the Neal family's Freedom of Information Act Request to the USDOJ regarding Larry's death at this link: http://my.nowpublic.com/health/foi-request-usdoj-re-larry-neal-and-cochran-firm-fraud
The USDOJ wrote me back this week and asked which of its offices it should look in for records on Larry, knowing full well that the court hearings were in the Western District of Tennessee USDC. The Justice Department had no trouble finding the right office to respond to our prior FIOA request when our questions regarded only Shelby County Jail. But this time, we asked the USDOJ why it conspired to help Shelby County Jail cover up Larry's death. Suddenly, the USDOJ does not know how to check its own records without our direction. See some of our previous communication with USDOJ at this link: http://www.wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com/docs/docs01.html
My family launched two petitions and collected around 800 signatures for an investigation regarding Larry's death. The first one closed out at 357 signatures several months ago. Our second petition was deactivated last night by an assigned censorship task force after I published this news. See both below:
PETITION 1 -- This petition is closed for signatures, but petitioners' signatures and comments can be viewed. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/380598497
PETITION 2 -- This petition should be open for signatures and/or viewing petitioners' signatures and comments. It was illegally deactivated by parties unknown on June 12 after this news report was published. .http://www.petitiononline.com/Neal/petition.html
President Obama recently announced the creation of a new cyber coordinator position to guarantee the safety of the U.S. computer systems. He should also have the coordinator ensure that Americans' First Amendment rights are protected. Mine are violated often as I publish online news about the conspiracy regarding Larry's death, prisoner abuse and prison profiteering within the U.S. among the country's "leaders."
Many people wondered why Sec. of State Hillary Clinton did not take a tougher stance regarding human rights during her recent trip to China. Here is the answer: The U.S.A. is in no position to criticize another country for its human rights abuses and censorship with prisoners being tortured and killed in the War on Terror camps and in U.S. correctional facilities within our borders. The Red Cross recently reported that dozens of prison camp detainees are missing like Larry was. My guess is that they are also dead like he is. There was a recent proposal to allow the War on Terror camp detainees to confess and be executed, although (1) torture is effective for ascertaining false confessions; and (2) no one but camp administration would know if a confession actually preceded a given detainee's execution. I suppose the world is to TRUST the USDOJ to be honest regarding future War on Terror camp executions, having such a great trackrecord for humane detainee treatment and open disclosure.
Gonzales, who was attorney general when Larry died, was indicted last November for allegedly accepting kickbacks for withholding federal investigations regarding abuses in county jails. The Bush administration USDOJ ordered the torture of prisoners in overseas camps and former Vice President Cheney defends the torture today. Those who were complicit in War on Terror prison torture were promised no retribution for their actions. Shelby County Jail apparently has the same federal protection regarding the demise of a physically and mentally handicapped U.S. citizen it secretly arrested and killed. The USDOJ is criminal.
Michael Vick was prosecuted and bankrupted by an outlaw system of "justice." Vick was imprisoned by that hypocritical system along with 2.3 million other inmates, the largest inmate population in world history - 1 in every 99.1 persons. Higher-ups in the justice system do not need dogfights for sadiistic entertainment when they can enjoy torturing and killing foreign detainees and U.S. inmates, including mentally ill Americans in custody.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! ~ Jesus Christ (passage appears 21 times in the New Testament)
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