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Vick coming back?

Posted on: July 21, 2009 8:33 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2009 12:34 am
Here's what I'm hearing on the Michael Vick situation: The word, according to one source, is that Vick will be given permission to sign with an NFL team in the next week or so, but he will not be re-instated before then.

That means he'll likely be twisting in the wind.

The problem with that scenario is that teams will be reluctant to sign him to a contract with the length of any supsension by the league still undetermined. That would be another cruel blow to Vick's playing status.

Vick is expected to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the next week or so to discuss his re-instatement after his sentence for his role in a dog-fighting ring ended Monday.

Goodell will likely announce then that Vick can sign with any team, but there pending suspension is to be determined. That would allow Vick to take part in training camp and the preseason if a team signs him.

That would be a big if, with the potential of a half-season suspension, which is why some will say that scenario isn't exactly fair to Vick.

He could opt to play in the UFL, but the word is he wants to exhaust all NFL possibilities first. The UFL is willing to pay him a substantial salary to play in the league, according to a source, probably more than he'd make in the NFL.

At any rate, the Vick situation might become messier before it clears up.

Category: NFL
Tags: Michael Vick

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2009 5:29 pm

Vick coming back?

Although the NFL owners are not saying as much, I think this is a sign they recognize that any attempt to keep Michael Vick out of the league might violate antitrust law.  For those interested, the following article explains in more detail:

Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2009 2:29 pm

Vick coming back?

Comish let Vick come back. he will provide a spark for any team that signs him. Look at the Raiders, Pats, Dolphins, and Bucs to possibly sign him. If Oakland goes after him he would be great to have him with McFadden.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 1:49 pm

Vick coming back?

Pefrectly stated.  Thank you!

When it comes to major sports, people seem to be much more forgiving w/ the athelete/criminal than they are for the more average run of the mill criminal.  When it comes to the average hood from down the road or the other side of town who gets arrested for gang activity, drug dealing, robbery, etc., it seems the standard mantra is "lock them up and throw away the key".  But when it comes to an athlete who can potentially make someone (team owner, sporting goods franchise, hot dog vendor, etc.) lots of money, then all of a sudden we're all about forigiveness and 2nd chances.

Srew that.  What the guy was involved in was disgusting.  And, he only admitted it when his buddies started to turn on him and do deals to save their own skins.  Vick is a coward and should at best be flipping burgers for the rest of his life.  You pulled the phrasing right out of my brain!

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2009 1:28 pm

Vick coming back?

Damn, with unemployment up at around or over 10%, its amazing to see so many folks panties in a bunch attempting to  be judge and jury over one man's employment.
Michael Vick will play football again.  Though he deserves another shot in the NFL, I wouldnt mind at all traveling the 6 hours from ATL to Orlando to throw some support to a new league that doesnt have all of these double standards of player conduct.
I think its unfair that one player gets all the "player conduct" flack put on him the way Vick has.  I wont even bring up DUI Stallworth or Stab Lewis, because you cant blame the NFL for the stupidity of the law, lets talk about a certain  white boy WR caught with a trunk full of cocaine and still being allowed to play out his season.  He didnt kill dogs, but pushing ye yo is okay?
Honestly I think Vick comes out better across the board in the UFL no matter how you stab, snort, oops I mean slice it.   Let Goddell keep pretending he is doing a good job of thug management while more NFL players die on his watch.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2009 1:24 pm

Vick coming back?

He did his time, but, not his time for his offenses against the NFL. Remember that when the dogfight situation hit the news he was asked by Goodell and Falcons owner Blank multiple times if any of it was true and he barefaced lied to both of them. He made them and the NFL look like fools. They're going to make him pay for that. I doubt it's going to be very much in the way of games, maybe 6 games or so, because he did the REAl time for the dogfighting and they don't want to seem like they're trying to kill his chance to make a living.   He did his time for the crime but he still owes the league. 

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 12:56 pm

Vick coming back?

I'm SOOOO glad you will not get your wish jerk!!!  Oh and you sound like a real loser and a should be flipping burgers at afast food joint, I'm sure whatever you do is not far from it!!

Go get some talent make some money and enjoy your life...oh and learn to give people second chances regardless of what they do for a living.  Sounds like another person hating on people that have achieved more than them in life!!!

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 12:49 pm

Vick coming back?

PLEASE STOP COMPARING DOGS AND HUMAN BEINGS....PLEASE!!!  THERE IS NO CASE FOR IT IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCE!!! The absolute sad part about this is that some of you people value dogs more than human life and that is simply SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm a dog lover but I WILL NEVER compare the two!!!

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 12:43 pm

Vick coming back?

you need to get it right, it is not a priviledge to play pro really isn't.  These athletes have something to offer that others do not and therefore are providing a service and getting paid for it.  It's a blessing to have to talent to get the opportunity to play pro sports not a priviledge.  It would be a priviledge for us to play pro sports because we were not blessed with the talent to play at that level and if we still were allowed to play then I believe we would be considered lucky.

Vick has a right to make a living for the services that he offers.  Vick did not fully take advantage of his opportunities to play professional sports....his right to play was damaged by his actions off the field. 

Please do not call it a priviledge because it really isn't!!!  We live in a capitalistic society that rewards individuals that have unique talents where money can be made for the entity's owner, whether it's in business or sports.

The true "priviledge" is to live in a country where you can better yourself and your family's financial situation!!  There are many countries where this is simply not that's the priviledge!!

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2009 12:23 pm

Vick coming back?

These comparisons between Stallworth and Vick are pretty ridiculous. For starters, we don't know the details of Stallworth's conviction. My suspicion is that the reason he received a lighter sentence than he could have was because of extenuating circumstances. If the victim stepped off the curb and not in a designated crosswalk, how many of us, sober or not, could have avoided him. I'm not an apologist for Stallworth--I never liked his work ethic when he was with the Saints--but I believe that the judge probably assigned some of the blame to the victim. I would love to see the details of the police investigation come out. Either way, Stallworth was guilty of stupidity and negligence, not of any malicious or cruel acts. Vick, on the other hand, displayed levels of inhumanity that I can't fathom-brutally abusing dogs for his own amusement and financial gain. Ask any pscychologist or social scientist the correlation between abuse of animals and eventual abuse of humans.

Bottom line, Vick CHOSE his abhorrent behavior, Stallworth made a grave mistake. Vick also has drawn more ire of the public because he has been one of the poster children for thuggish behavior in sports. Political correctness prevents a lot of commentary on this behavior, lest you be called a racist or bigot. But when Vick decided to deviate from societal norms, all bets were off and he became a lightning rod for everyone who ever wanted to make a statement about thuggish behavior. A truly self-inflicted wound.

That being said, Michael Vick should be allowed to seek gainful employment with any employer whose standard policies allow hiring of convicted felons. That is truly the only RIGHT he now has. If we don't allow him to reclaim whatever he can of his life, we make a very public statement that our judicial system is only there to punish and not rehabilitate. He paid the price, he deserves a chance.

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2009 11:52 am

Vick coming back?

If he were in NY, they'd be calling on him to replace Eli by week 9.

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