R.L. White, president of the Atlanta chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said he has been vilified by animal rights groups, talk radio and the press and has been prematurely punished by his team and corporate sponsors.
"If Mr. Vick is guilty, he should pay for his crime. But to treat him as he is being treated now is also a crime," Mr. White said at a press conference. "Be restrained in your premature judgment until the legal process is completed."