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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: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2009 9:34 am

Vick coming back?

I am a fan of dogs not Mike Vick, but he has paid the price (2 years fed porison). Time for the NFL to allow him to try and find a team that will deal with the circus that will follow him. I hope he ends up on the Cowboys they seem like the right fit.

Since: Mar 25, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 9:32 am

Vick coming back?

The commish "killing football" is your opinion,  Vick killing dogs for fun and profit is a fact.
I will not have any sympathy for this guy, just because he served his time that does not mean he repayed his debt!

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2009 9:31 am

Vick coming back?

Phillyphreak, very true.  I was very dissapointed to hear this week from the Ram's GM that they have no interest in Vick.  It's one thing for the Colts, Saints, Pats, or teams with great QBs not to have interest, but the Ram's have a horrible QB situation and Vick would potentially be a huge improvement.  I love dogs, think what he did was very wrong, but feel that he's already been punished very dispropotionately to Donte Stallworth or our own Leonard Little, who received much shorter jail sentences after killing someone.  While I hope that Vick is truly remorseful, at this point, I'm not sure that is a big consideration.  If he does it again, he should go back to jail again. But in the meantime, the guy has paid a very significant price and the commissioner should have a little compassion.  I will say that I agree with something I heard on the Mike and Mike show yesterday, that the commissioner might be reluctant to throw Vick a bone since Vick already lied to him, telling him face to face that he didn't do any of that stuff before he was eventually convicted of it.  But still, 2 years in prison, this guy deserves another chance without the suspension.  He's already essentially been suspended 2 years.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2009 8:09 am

Vick coming back?

you are a dope.  What league does this other than Godell the Nazi?  Selig could care less about any of this crap.  he still doesnt care about steroids.  As for hockey and basketball, are you serious?  Football is set to a higher standard but to think Vick hasnt paid his dues is asenine.  And you're a dope for thinking 8 more games will make him regret what he did.  also, there are criminals in every job environment.  Pro Sports has no higher criminal rate than your local employers....

Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 7:29 am

Vick coming back?

i will say it again it is time for the p,layers union tostand up for it membership and challenge this jerk goodall on all these suspensions if this was baseball the union would have been oput a stop to this. goodell out of control if you fart into the wind youcan get suspended. fuck the league image , what a guy does of the field in his private life is his business if you break the law deal with the consquences but all tthese moral suspensions is nothing more than image control. 

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2009 7:22 am

Vick coming back?

Don't confuse belief and ritual for capitalism and greed.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2009 7:16 am

Vick coming back?

Football is larger than Vick and Goodell.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 7:09 am

Vick coming back?

Well, if Michael Vick does play, I think he may see quite a bit of heckling from the fans and a lot of protests. I don't think that's a bad thing, and I am not a big Michael Vick fan to start with. I do think he should be allowed to play football, even if I don't like him. I think his days as a starting QB might be over...he could be a backup or even a wide receiver. The UFL team would want him as a QB, so maybe he should go that way...

One thing I hope for when it comes to Vick...I hope he learned something, about what a cruel person he was, and there's still a chance that he can become someone who screwed up, and it made him a better person. If he goes back to his old ways, he will just be another punk who because he was an athlete, thought he could get away with anything.

It's up to you now Mike...

Since: Jul 16, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2009 6:05 am

Vick coming back?

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Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 6:04 am

Vick coming back?

I love it. The story we've all read about, and then gotten tired of, has finally become interesting again.

I'm not even sure where I stand on this to be honest with you. As a fan of the NFL, I'll support them if they choose not to let Michael Vick ever play again, because the reality is, he's a criminal. Being a superstar to the magnitude that Vick had reached is a privilege that countless kids around the world strive for. Vick had it all, and to be as irresponsible as he was is shocking and appauling. I have no respect for this man, however, depending on how you view the justice system, did he serve his time to society? And if so, should he serve additional time to the NFL? I personally believe that the man missed enough games (in the prime of his career sadly), so a suspension, to me, would seem to be a bit of overkill. If I'm Goodell, I'm choosing one of two options:

1) Vick served his debt to society, reinstate him immediately and see if any teams have interest. Whether it's negative, or positive press, Vick would be another draw to any stadium. And, whether we like it or not, that could be a valueable commodity during the recession we're in. Some would argue that Vick would keep fans at home to protest his bad press, but I'm positive it would draw. If there is one thing I know about people, it's that they can't look away from a car wreck. And that's what Vick's situation is. He had a ridiculous contract with the Falcons, all kinds of fame and riches, a fairly promising career still ahead of him, and all the endorsement deals. He had it, and now he works at a job making less money than I do. People love to watch each other crash and burn, so why not let a team generate more revenue if they want. There is no such thing as bad press when it comes to generating revenue.

2) Never allow him to play again. What makes this statement difficult is the others before Vick that have set the bar (ie. Ray Lewis, Stallworth). You can compare these incidents because the reality is, the NFL has to do that in determining how to punish their players for stupidity. It would be assinine for them not to, because the reality is there should be no rulebook entry for "if a player bankrolls a dogfighting ring and serves two years in jail, said player will be BANNED FOR LIFE". This kind of stuff is dealt with on a case by case basis, and the easiest way for determining what's fair is to set a precedent. Our parents all did it for us (when your brother came home late he was grounded for a week, so you get the same, *we all heard something like this) so why wouldn't a rationale commish to do the same?
If the NFL bans Mike Vick that's fine with me, but only if they continue to follow through with future situations in an equally firm manner.

I personally will feel a little bit bad for him as he tries to piece together his life. He'll be booed, spit at, harassed, and insulted for the rest of his life. He lost everything he had, and had to miss two years of his life. He will never go back to the riches and stardom he had before, and may be lucky simply to break an NFL roster. Besides that, he has an enormous amount of debt, and a sad way to repay it at $10/hr. Ouch.

Like I said... glad to see the story get interesting again.

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