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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.

Category: NFL
Tags: Michael Vick

Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2009 12:42 am

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

Weighing several factors....... could one of these factors be that Ron Mexico is a pathological liar?

When the dogfighting compound is raided....... he tells everyone (Goodell, Blank, his teammates, the media, his fans, etc. etc.) he's never at the property and blames the entire situation on his buddies.  Evidence gathered says otherwise....... not only did he participate......  he's indicted as being the mastermind and financier of the operation.

He hires a high priced legal dream team that vows to vigorously prove his innocence to the dogfighting charges then shortly thereafter this dream team realizes that Mr. Mexico is so full of it and so far up the creek that they have to plead guilty less than a month later.

After pleading guilty Ron Mexico tells everyone he's found Jesus and he'll be a new man from here on out while he waits sentencing.  While awaiting his sentencing hearing he fails a drug test because he decided that smoking a joint was a better cure for depression than turning to the same Jesus he said he found.

While giving his statement as part of the plea agreement to the Federal Prosecutor...... Ron Mexico is caught in lie after lie after lie and eventually breaks down and fesses up about his full involvement which includes executing dogs by hanging, drowning, electrocution, etc. etc.

Ron Mexico learns that his deviance from his release agreement and his dishonesty during the plea process adds time to his prison sentence.

While in prison withdraws $150,000 from a pension fund despite warnings from his high priced legal and accounting team (that he owes $3.7 million and counting as they are costing Ron Mexico roughly $13,000 per day) that doing so would be illegal.  His reasonings are that he is desparate.

So is it any wonder that Goodell says this is a fluid situation?  It's only a matter of time before Vick lies to his face again. 

Further........ what owner in their right mind would trust the future of their NFL franchise with a desparate, pathologically lying, convicted sociopath?  Only someone that would have to be dumber than even Ron Mexico.

Even dumber than the owner that gives Ron Mexico another chance, are those that publicly support this piece of trash.  So while Ron Mexico might be the dumbest to ever play the game....... he doesn't have the market cornered on stupid....... his supporters are right there with him.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2009 12:41 am

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

Again, missing the point.  Micheal Vick is not suspended.  The right to play a game?  Professional athletes don't play a game.  It's a job.  A job many people are envious of, but a job none the less.  It's not "just because that is what he wants to do."  Its because there may be employers who would be willing to hire him if he were suspended.

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2009 12:39 am

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

Yes in the real world employers have to trust you with their equipment, keys, buildings, on and on.  Employers can refuse you employment if covicted of a felony.  Rightfully so, they could destroy his business.

The NFL is entertainment.  Pro Football only gives you a locker and equipment to play football.  Players are not responsible for anything other than play there game.  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.

I don't see how Godell can mandate a "harsher penalty" after Vick has served time for an US Judge.  I think Godell has to stick to the first report.  Reinstate Vick next week and suspend him for 4 weeks.  Good solution for a touchy situation. The NFL covers it's butt from the "Vick Haters".  The suspension buys a little more time to ease the "Vick Haters fury".  The NFL gets alot more media attention with the addition of a convict named Mike Vick.  The media hoping Vick screws up before the suspension is lifted.  Now thats entertainment!

Vick has already been one of the most explosive entertainers in the NFL.  So why should he be denied an opportunity to be employed in there game?

Since: Apr 29, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2009 12:29 am

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

Those of you suggesting that the NFL is out of line to suspend him need to rethink the situation.  Teachers sign clauses in their contracts allowing them to get fired if they act in a way to embarass their school district.  Doctors can lose their liscences if they misbehave.  Michael Vick does not have a right to work in football just because that is what he wants to do.  Really has nothing to do with the law either.  Why we think that professional athletes have a right to play a game is beyond me.  If he wants to continue working in football then he can try to find a coaching job or some other line of employment within the game.  The NFL is not the only employer of athletes in the nation and to suggest that suspending Vick from playing is an anti-trust matter is just silly.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2009 12:13 am

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

I think you are missing the point.  The NFL does not employ football players.  Individual teams do.  A team may be willing to hire him if the terms of his reinstatement/suspension were made clear, but until there is a ruling from the commissioner they cannot, so unless you count the UFL (which has yet to play a down), he is being banned from practicing his chosen profession in this country for an unrelated crime.  It's more like you were offered a job by a radio station as a disc jockey, but the FCC stepped in and said, "With your background we don't know if we will ever let you on the air."  Sorry for the rant, but I get tired of this big brother B.S. the NFL pulls, which is in direct conflict with United States antitrust law, but gets away with time and time again because of the revenue the teams/PLAYERS generate.  

Since: May 29, 2007
Posted on: July 23, 2009 11:30 pm

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


Its not that uncommon in the workplace to have rules against committing a felony.  Do you believe if you were incarcerted for 2 years on felony charge that when you got back you job and employeer would be waiting for you with open arms?  I am absolutely certain that mine would not.

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: July 23, 2009 11:13 pm

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.   And I doubt that the law would support me if I suspended an employee if he was ticketed for DUI and some other infraction.   Why can't these sports commissioners stop playing 'king', supposedly in the name of the best interests of the sport and league.    I hope one of these players sues the pants off the NFL one of these days, and wins.   Right now all I can do is stop supporting these prima donnas and stop watching their leagues.    Done.     Kupp 67  

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: July 23, 2009 10:53 pm

Mike Vick can play in NFL again, but...

the heading at the home page said 4 weeks?

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