Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has been fined $10,000 for flashing a T-shirt reading "Free Mike Vick" after a touchdown Monday night.
The $10,000 fine is fairly standard in the NFL for things like end zone celebrations that use props and unauthorized personal messages on uniforms, so White didn't get any extra punishment for the content of his message.
The message was flashed less than 12 hours after Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison for running the Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting ring. White's explanation for his shirt:
"That was homemade. I did that myself," White said. "It ain't too much to say, you know. The team misses him and we really need him this season. There ain't too much more to say about it."
If that was White's point, a "We Miss Mike Vick" message would have said that a little better, and would have avoided the implication that White thinks people who are rich and famous are above the law. Also, just wondering: Where were White's pleas from freedom when another football player in Georgia was in prison?