Say no to Michael Vick
Two people familiar with the meeting confirmed Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, Vick, agent Joel Segal and two other members of the suspended quarterback’s team met Wednesday at a security firm in New Jersey. The two people requested anonymity because the league has not acknowledged the meeting.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined to confirm the meeting when contacted by The Associated Press on Thursday and insisted no decisions on Vick’s future have been made.
The question here is: Would you pay to see Michael Vick in a Detroit Lions' uniform?
Goodell suspended Vick indefinitely in August 2007 after the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback admitted bankrolling the “Bad Newz Kennels” dogfighting operation. Goodell has said Vick must show remorse and signs that he has changed before he would consider reinstating him.
Radio reports say Goodell is expected to announce Vick is free to sign and practice with any NFL team, but will serve a four-game suspension to start the season.
Keep in mind, Michael Vick has served his time, paid his debt to society and apologized repeatedly for his role in the dogfighting scheme.
At some point, a person must be given the right to earn a living. Football is Vick's profession. As long as Vick is a free man who has done everything the court system and the NFL have asked of him, Vick should have the right to shop his services around like anyone else.
True. Just not here, not now, not with the Detroit Lions.
Vick is a talented football player. No dout about that. He brings excitement to the game with both his passing and running skills. There's a team out there who could use a Michael Vick to get over the top.
Just not the Detroit Lions, who have many, many other holes to fix before worrying about who's taking the snaps from center.
Detroit enters training camp a week from today with Duante Culpepper and No. 1 draft pick Matthew Stafford expected to fight it out for the starting quarterback position.
Bringing in Vick is not the type of publicity an 0-16 team should be looking for. Vick brings baggage, a lot of baggage in the form of PETA protests and unpopular public opinion. Even Vick, with moves to elude most linebackers in the NFL, can't run and hide from that kind of heat.
The NFL is about winning and putting fans in the seats. No doubt, Michael Vick will sell a few tickets, but this is a quarterback who hasn't taken a snap in over two years. Winning is far from a sure thing with him.
It's going to be interesting to see how this drama plays out around the league in the coming week. Vick should be reinstated. The fun part will be seeing which teams are willing to take a risk and give him a chance to start anew.