Goodell says he has a "responsibility" to enforce N-F-L personal conduct policies. He says he respects Vick's right to defend himself in court but the league has an obligation to conduct its own review of Vick's latest actions.
Vick is scheduled to be in court in Richmond, Virginia, Thursday for bond hearings and arraignments on charges he sponsored a dogfighting operation. Vick and three co-defendants will be asked to enter pleas to the felony charges, and a date for the federal trial likely will be set during the arraignment.
The N-F-L says Vick would get his preseason pay. But Goodell says he told the Falcons to withhold any disciplinary action of their own until the league's review was completed.
Animal-rights advocates and their dogs gathered today outside Atlanta Falcons headquarters, calling for Vick's suspension following his indictment.