Kerry is calling for the Falcons to suspend Michael Vick.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, strongly urged National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell to immediately suspend Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who was recently indicted for his alleged participation in dogfighting.
"As we have read in the Vick indictment, poor-performing dogs are tortured, maimed and killed. This illegal and despicable activity has no place in a civilized society," Kerry, a former Democratic presidential nominee, said in a letter to the commissioner.
He added, "On behalf of millions of sports fans and dog lovers, I urge you to treat Mr. Vick’s dogfighting indictment with the very serious attention it deserves and suspend him from the League until the resolution of legal proceedings."
Kerry said he will introduce legislation aiming to eliminate dogfighting by making it illegal to send pictures or run web sites related to the sport and to own or train dogs for the purpose of dogfighting.
–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich