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Will Mike Vick be back? It seems likely, but...

Posted on: July 23, 2009 10:52 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2009 10:53 pm
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is leaning towards reinstating Michael Vick, two league sources told, though no final decision has been made and Vick's future in professional football is far from certain.

Two league sources stressed that Goodell hasn't officially decided on whether to allow Vick back into football, contradicting an ESPN report that Goodell has decided to conditionally reinstate Vick and suspend him four games.

But those sources also said that signs seem to be pointing to Vick returning. Again, the situation remains extremely fluid, the sources said, and they stressed that Goodell is still weighing several factors that could change his mind.

The action Goodell is considering, the sources said, is similar to what's Pete Prisco wrote earlier this week. Goodell might allow Vick to sign with a club as soon as next week but not actually reinstate him until a much later date and not announce that date until a later point in time.

Thus even if teams wanted to sign Vick -- and there's no indication that's the case -- few would risk adding him to their training camp roster this season without knowing when he'd be reinstated.

If the scenario that the sources are outlining is accurate it could be months before Vick ever sees a down in the NFL (and again that's if a team even wants to sign him).

"If I was Michael Vick," a source said, "I'd be thinking more about 2010."

One person helping Vick greatly is Tony Dungy, the former Indianapolis Colts coach, one of the all-time classy coaches in football history. Dungy has publicly recommended that Vick be allowed to return and Goodell has strongly considered Dungy's words, sources said.

The sources also confirmed published reports that Vick and Goodell met in New Jersey on Wednesday.

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Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2009 7:19 am

Will Mike Vick be back? It seems likely, but...

Sorry, but the law would support you.  I just went through a case where an employee was arrested for a misdemeanor and I suspended him without pay, per company policy, and informed him that he was to clear his legal troubles.  If he was found innocent then he would be paid for all lost wages as if he were here.  If found guilty, then his sentence if jail time would count against him per our attendance policy.  Your availability for work, especially if it's a result of an illegal action is taken into account.  All that being said, the man has served his sentence and lost everything, when someone has paid their debt to society you owe it to them, if they have demonstrated they've learned, a second chance.

Case in point, I just hired a guy with a felony conviction a few years ago.  I had to fight with corporate HR to get him in here because they didn't think I should.  My response was this guy is looking for a second chance, let's give it to him.  If we fail to give convicted, repentant felons a shot, we just create repeat convicted felons because they don't have a chance.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2009 7:13 am

Will Mike Vick be back? It seems likely, but...

Will Mike Vick be back? It seems likely, but...

Not sure how most fans feel, but if I owned my own company, I would NEVER think about passing judgement on anything an employee does off the job. 


Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2009 6:45 am

Will Mike Vick be back? It seems likely, but...

um. doctors? lawyers? union workers? civil engineers? even retail franchise owners? they aren't employed by the associations that dictate aspects of their professional and non-professional demeanor. nfl's actions and underlying goals are not very uncommon, nor unwarranted. when did setting standards that one is expected to live up to become such a negative in american society? sad.

Since: Mar 8, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2009 4:43 am

Will Mike Vick be back? It seems likely, but...

Playing in the nfl is a priviledge.  Would you employ a rapist or murderer in your business?  You commit a crime of this nature you should have to pay the price.  This guy should never be able to make millions playing a sport.  How many hard working people out there are making 10 bucks and hour and doing the right thing and making the world a better place??? People should reap what they sow.  I know some people think they are only animals that he killed.  They are innocent creatures.  Anyone that would hurt an innocent animal is a gutless coward.   He has already proven  the type of "human" he is.  He can say anything he wants to try to make it easy on himself.   He is what he is.  He made his choices.  Now i hope he never gets a break and hope he has to live with the pain he put on all the dogs he killed. 

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2009 3:32 am

Will Mike Vick be back? It seems likely, but...

Most people on this post are a bunch of morons. Show me anyone in the history of humanity that has served a greater price for dog fighting than Michael Vick. If you don't believe that Mike Vick has served his time and paid his price at this point over dogs,then you are canceled out of the equation. You're an extremist. The only factor left is if Michael Vick can still play at an NFL level. Get the f*ck over it. The legal system has, so should you.

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2009 2:15 am

Will Mike Vick be back? It seems likely, but...

I'm reminded of Les MiserablesYou're talking Les Mis? On this site? Less than 1% of these uneducated sloths will get your comparison and the rest will think you're taking a shot at LSU coach Les Miles... 

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2009 2:09 am

Will Mike Vick be back? It seems likely, but...

Two observations:


So why should a conviction keep a player from entertaining us.  He has served the time for the crime.  The Federal Judge said the time served fits the crime committed. People fail to realize that  he financed an illegal gambling ring, and dog fighting ring. This has nothing to do with animal cruelty believe it or not. Not that I am advocating it though, its disgusting what he did.  Any major sports organization is going to seriously quesiton or suspend a member that just got jailed on federal charges for a gambling crime.  Regardless of whether or not on the gambling was on football, there are ethics and other underlying issues. Plus the animal cruelty seriously hurt the image of the NFL which players has been cracking down and has instituted new policies about having better standards, and a clean self image. Why should they not try to abide by them ?

2) Mad Mitch...  You forgot to mention one of his other pathetic attempts at trying to get the court to feel bad for him.  He tried to use his depraved dirty south upbringing as an excuse saying that dog fighting was part of their culture and a way of life, and he didn't know it was wrong because it was acceptable where he was raised.   Do you really think a federal judge and prosecutor are going to buy that, like the US is a third world country ?  Nice one Ron Mexico

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2009 1:42 am

Will Mike Vick be back? It seems likely, but...

but if I owned my own company, I would NEVER think about passing judgement on anything an employee does off the job.   And I doubt that the law would support me if I suspended an employee if he was ticketed for DUI and some other infractionReally?  Really?  So if your employee was a drug dealer (off company time) you'd be cool with that? If he was cooking up and selling meth it wouldn't matter to you as long as he didnt do it on company time?  He gets busted and goes to prison for 2 years... you would give him his job back when he gets out?  Thats what it sounds like to me... Nothing personaI but I hope you never own a business.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2009 1:06 am

Will Mike Vick be back? It seems likely, but...

>>Further........ what owner in their right mind would trust the future of their NFL franchise with a desparate, pathologically lying, convicted sociopath? 

Vick's been in prison for a couple of years. Was it just punishment, or was there some rehabilitation in there as well? I'm reminded of Les Miserables where a female character is doing her best to make a living, but her landlord thinks she's a prostitute so throws her out on the street. So of course then she has to turn prostitute in order to survive!

If Pacman can be given chance after chance - and he deserves to be in jail, no doubt - then Vick should, too. Hopefully his new NFL employer, whoever that might be, will keep him on a tight rein, and hopefully he won't rebel against that tight rein and ruin what would probably be his final chance to get his life back.

That would be the key, I think. He deserves one more chance. If he blows one can say he wasn't given a fair shake.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2009 12:46 am
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