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Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2011 1:55 pm
 


Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Wednesday, GQ previewed their feature on Michael Vick, which included a quote from the Eagles quarterback that suggested NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell steered him towards Philadelphia.

"I think I can say this now, because it's not going to hurt anybody's feelings, and it's the truth," Vick told GQ author Will Leitch. "I didn't want to come to Philadelphia. Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options." Leith wrote that those two teams wanted him and would've allowed him to start, but after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other reps from the NFL, Vick was convinced — and granted league approval — to sign with Philly. "And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation."

By Thursday afternoon, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello had sent a series of tweets refuting Vick's recounting of events.

"On the Michael Vick story: His decision on where to play to put himself in the best position to succeed was entirely his own... Commissioner Goodell obviously met & spoke to Michael and his reps as part of his decision on whether to reinstate him & on what terms... But the commissioner would never steer players to or away from particular teams and did not do so in this case."

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The full GQ interview went live Thursday morning, and by midday, Vick was backtracking from his comments. He released the following statement through the Eagles website:

"I felt it was necessary to put out a statement today clarifying the article in GQ Magazine. I did speak with many people, but the decision to sign in Philadelphia was based on my discussions with my agent, my family and with Coach Reid. And after those discussions, it became clear to me that this was the place I wanted to play and resume my NFL career. The Commissioner never told me to sign or not sign with particular teams. Again, I want to make it perfectly clear that this was a decision I made and, as I have said numerous times before, I’m very happy with the way it has worked out for me and my family."

Make of this what you will.

As ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted Thursday after Vick's statement, "Does anyone really believe if Buffalo or Cincinnati offered Mike Vick more money than Philly, he wouldn't have gone there?" Good question, especially if one or both of those teams were willing to make Vick the starter.

CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman doesn't buy Vick's revised story, either.

Just remember: Goodell is the same guy NFL players decided to keep as judge, jury and executioner on all matters of punishment in the new collective bargaining agreement. Truthfully, is anyone shocked that a billion-dollar corporation would go into damage-control mode after such a revelation? Especially when the man in charge is as powerful as he's ever been?

In related news, we're expecting Vick to stick to his original story that the struggles at the end of his Falcons career rest solely with the coaching staff's inability to correctly assess his talents.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:00 pm
 

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Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2011 11:51 am
 

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

I neevr said I didn't like Goodell.  You said I didn't like him.  I actually do like Goodell and think he is very good for the league.  Enough said.  You are basing your arguments on things you think I meant and not what the words actually said.  You also bas eit on assumptions that I don't like Goodell when I never stated it.

Enough with you.

The End.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2011 7:00 pm
 

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

FACT: If #2 which is what my argument is based on!  IF

((The point being is that if this is found to be true the commish will step down and Vick's contract maybe voided or the Eagles maybe fined a large amounts of draft picks as compensation to the other teams in the league that were in pursuit of Vick's services.))

FACT: #3 I said IF.  You onbiously hear what you want and not what was written.

If indeed proven true then the NFL will have a new commishoner, should have a new commishoner, and penalties brought upon the Eagles organization whether they knew or not.

The only thing I am saying is that IF IT IS PROVEN.

Read what is written douchbag. Horrible.


How can you be so aggressive in your response when literally everything that you said is wrong?  First of all just because you don't like Goodell doesn't change a thing.  He will NEVER step down, end of story.  And since the owners LOVE the guy and recently renewed his contract, they aren't firing him either.  Even IF it was proven it's so meaningless it doesn't affect the NFL's bottom line one bit so he's ok.

Vick's current contract CANNOT BE VOIDED..... his original contract was a 2 year deal that is now over.  The Eagles CHOSE to franchise him, nobody made them do that or asked them to.  And finally, it's IMPOSSIBLE for the Eagles to be fined one penny for something they had NOTHING to do with.  Even IF Goodell forced Vick to sign with Phili, it doesn't matter.  The only way it could matter is if it's PROVEN that PHILLI was in on it.  You can't find a team for what somebody outside their organization did.  How does Phili control what Vick and Goodell talk about?  Answer: they don't so they CAN'T get into any trouble.

By the way saying "IF IT IS PROVEN" is like saying if the league proves there was tampering with a free agent the contract is voided and the team is in trouble.  Guess what? There is tampering WITH EVERY big name free agent every single season.  Are you one of the idiots that believes player agents don't contact NFL executives on a regular basis throughout the entire season and talk about what could happen the next?

And I'm the douchebag????  You sir are a moron. 



Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 8:52 am
 

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

Aside from the actual argument Redwings you need to use those reading and comprehension skills that your were supposed to be taught in grade school.

 

FACT: #1 I said IF in my original post.

 

(("Goodell should always do what is best for the league however there is a line and if indeed he did "steer" Vick to Philly he has crossed that line.))

 

FACT: If #2 which is what my argument is based on!  IF

((The point being is that if this is found to be true the commish will step down and Vick's contract maybe voided or the Eagles maybe fined a large amounts of draft picks as compensation to the other teams in the league that were in pursuit of Vick's services.))



FACT: #3 I said IF.  You onbiously hear what you want and not what was written.


If indeed proven true then the NFL will have a new commishoner, should have a new commishoner, and penalties brought upon the Eagles organization whether they knew or not.


The only thing I am saying is that IF IT IS PROVEN.


Read what is written douchbag. Horrible.





Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2011 2:24 am
 

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

Again, HE CANNOT MENTION THEIR NAME AS BAD DESTINATIONS.  Free agents no matter what their background should be allowed to seek employment with all teams in the league without being steered by a league official. And the commish is the biggest league official of them all. It's called collusion. If indeed the commish told him no don't go there, go there then he did indeed collude with the Eagles, whether the Eagles know or not. Same as an opposing coach going to Megatron before, during or after a game and saying we'd love you on our team.  It's steering and it is ILLEGAL! C-O-L-L-U-S-I-O-N

You could read 1000 stories on this top and not find anything close to what you're saying.  You are simply making stuff up as you go along. All Goodell most likely did was suggest to Vick that a backup position somewhere for just one season until Peta and most of the commotion blows over makes more sense then signing with a team and being an immediate starter and in the NFL spotlight every day.  The backup position that made the most sense for Vick and the NFL just happened to be in Philadelphia.   And 2 of the teams that didn't make sense just happened to be the teams Vick mentioned.  That's all.... there is no collusion there.  It's a commissioner looking out for his league and one of his star players just getting out of jail that didn't need any extra pressure or additional publicity.

By the way, you don't know what the word collusion means in regards to sports leagues like the NFL.  It's IMPOSSIBLE for a team to be punished for a conversation they never even knew happened.   To say they could be punished even if they didn't know is idiotic to say the least.  Never in the history of sports has a team be disciplined or penalizing when not one person in an organization could be proven to be involved in anything corrupt.  It's completely out of the question.  Unless somebody can prove the Eagles communicated with Goodell about this they can't be touched.

Does the commish stop short of saying, "Philly has a very strong support system, however that Mike Brown is a fukin retard and Ralf Wilson is older than dirt and are totally out of touch, it might not be best for you to go to Buffalo or Cincy.

Boy, are you ever a drama queen or what?  Do you even believe what you say or type? Do you think for a second Goodell would risk a 20 million dollar per year job working for possibly the worlds most popular and most profitable sports organization? Give me a break man. You obviously hate Goodell but if you think he's not a brilliant guy then you are a complete idiot.  You don't get to become commissioner of the NFL by being stupid.

"after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other reps from the NFL, Vick was convinced — and granted league approval — to sign with Philly."

First of all, none of this has been even close to proven to be true. Second of all, every move by any player and any team has to be approved by the NFL, nothing just happens without their permission.  99.9 percent of the time league approval is just a formality but it needs to be done for every single signing of every single contract.  And when a guy misses 2 seasons away in jail there are more conditions that need to be met.  How do you know Vick didn't seek advice privately from Goodell on how to avoid controversy and bad press?  

Your argument is a joke...


 



Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

Redwings, so are you telling me that the commish can give his opinion to a free agent player about what team to sign and not sign with, and mention their names?

No Sir, it is you who is incorrect.  If Wilson and Brown find out that the commish told Mike Vick who could potentially turn their franchises around not to sign with them, or said it was better for the NFL that he not sign with their teams and prove it then there will be legal action taken.

He CANNOT steer ANY player.  Be it someone getting out of jail for killing dogs or just a normal free agent like Larry Fitzgerald.

At the end of the day the commish is employed by ALL owners.  Not just the owners who are in the best situation to take on troubled players.

Does the commish stop short of saying, "Philly has a very strong support system, however that Mike Brown is a fukin retard and Ralf Wilson is older than dirt and are totally out of touch, it might not be best for you to go to Buffalo or Cincy.

Again, HE CANNOT MENTION THEIR NAME AS BAD DESTINATIONS.  Free agents no matter what their background should be allowed to seek employment with all teams in the league without being steered by a league official. And the commish is the biggest league official of them all. It's called collusion. If indeed the commish told him no don't go there, go there then he did indeed collude with the Eagles, whether the Eagles know or not. Same as an opposing coach going to Megatron before, during or after a game and saying we'd love you on our team.  It's steering and it is ILLEGAL! C-O-L-L-U-S-I-O-N

Do you think he can publicly state tomorrow that Sam Bradford should seek a trade to another team because St Louis is not a great fit? (whether it's true ot not)  NO, HE CANNOT. Tank Johnson, Pacman Jones.  HE CANNOT TELL THEM WHERE TO SIGN OR SPECIFY BY NAME WHERE NOT TO SIGN!!!!!!  Holy gosh Redwings, read what I wrote.

"after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other reps from the NFL, Vick was convinced — and granted league approval — to sign with Philly."

CONVINCED - over other teams by NAME.

So was he not going to be granted league approval to sign in Buffalo?  How is that right?

Now if the commish was asked his opionon on what type of situation Mike Vick should consider and the commish mentions particular situations Ie. a place you will be a number 3 or somewhere out of the spotlight, but not teams by name then that is a different matter. No one can say if Buffalo would have given him the starting job. (We all know they would have)

WAKE UP SNIFFER



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2011 10:43 am
 

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

Parity in the NFL...dont tell me people are buying that load of crap. 



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 10:32 am
 

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

I don't beleive Vick for this reason. He said he would have started in Cincinnati that Cincy said he would be a #1. Carson Palmer was still there, He would have been a backup and signed for league minimum.

Wrong. Goodell wants 30 healthy franchises.  The NFL as a league is more about parity then almost any other league out there.  Teams constantly come out of nowhere and play fantastic football, get to the superbowl or win it all, etc.    Unfortunately for you Buffalo wasn't a great choice for Vick, Phili was.

Which 2 teams has Goodell given up on?


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