FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons said Tuesday night that the federal indictment charging quarterback Michael Vick with dogfighting was "troubling" but that the legal process must be allowed to unfold.
The team said in a statement - quote - "We are disappointed that one of our players - and therefore the Falcons - is being presented to the public in a negative way, and we apologize to our fans and the community for that."
The statement said the news from Virginia is disturbing but - quote - "we will do the right thing for our club as the legal process plays out."
It noted that training camp opens next week, and said the plan is to continue to do everything possible to support the Atlanta players and coaches.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank, general manager Rich McKay and other team officials are said to be out of the country and unavailable for comment.
Vick also could not be reached, but has said in the past that he was not involved with dogfighting.
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