NAACP head says Vick must be held accountable
Associated Press - August 23, 2007 1:53 PM ET
WASHINGTON (AP) - The national president of the NAACP says Falcons quarterback Michael Vick "is not a victim" and should be held responsible for his actions involving a dogfighting ring in Virginia.
Dennis Courtland Hayes' comments come a day after the head of the NAACP's Atlanta chapter said Vick should be allowed to return to football after the case is resolved.
Hayes says those who have come to Vick's defense are expressing an overall frustration with disparities in the criminal justice system. He didn't want to speculate about whether Vick was being treated differently because he is black.
On Monday, Vick said through a lawyer that he will plead guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy.
Three Vick associates have already pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge and say the NFL player provided virtually all the gambling and operating funds for the "Bad Newz Kennels" dogfighting enterprise. 2 of them also said Vick participated in executing at least eight underperforming dogs, raising the possibility of animal cruelty charges.
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