Monday, July 27, 2009

He's Baaaaccckkk!!! The NFL Reinstates Michael Vick.

I don't necessarily want to get into a rehashing of whether or not Mike Vick's sentence was fair or not and I hope you don't either. That's old news. I think what we can all agree upon is that Vick deserves the chance to earn a living again after paying his debt to society. Donte Stallworth killed a man, and may play this year. Plaxico Burress could have killed someone, and will likely play this year. Leonard Little killed a woman and he is playing this year. Big Ben Rothlisberger might have raped a woman, and he is absolutely playing this year. Vick did the time for his crime. He should play this year.

The NFL finally concurred today.
The NFL has conditionally reinstated Michael Vick.

Vick will not be eligible to play when the regular season but he can play in the final two preseason games. Commissioner Roger Goodell will re-evaluate Vick's status for regular-season games by Week 6 His eligibility will be based on him following the NFL's guidelines that will oversee his off-field life, including his finances and personal relationships.

Former Colts coach Tony Dungy will serve as a mentor to Vick, who last Monday finished a 20-month sentence for a federal dogfighting conviction, during the conditional reinstatement.

Vick is free to sign with any club. Vick is eligible to participate in any team activities other than games before Week 6, although the NFL will develop specific guidelines governing Vick.

In a statement to the AP, Vick thanked commissioner Goodell for the second chance.

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to commissioner Goodell for allowing me to be readmitted to the National Football League," Vick said. "I fully understand that playing football in the NFL is a privilege, not a right, and I am truly thankful for the opportunity I have been given.

"As you can imagine, the last two years have given me time to re-evaluate my life, mature as an individual and fully understand the terrible mistakes I have made in the past and what type of life I must lead moving forward."

Goodell will reevaluate Vick's status prior to Week 6.

Said the commissioner in a letter to Vick, "My decision at that time will be based on reports from outside professionals, your probation officer, and others charged with supervising your activities, the quality of your work outside football, the absence of any further adverse involvement in law enforcement, and other concrete actions that you take that are consistent with your representations to me."

Where Vick might sign is unknown. No teams have yet said they are considering signing him. In late June, USA TODAY analyzed Vick's potential fit with all 32 teams.
Personally, I hope Vick signs with the Redskins, the team closest to his Tidewater Urrreah home. Jason Campbell is a nice, but fragile guy just begging to hand his job over. Whether or not Vick makes the Skins better is a wash. At the bare minimum, he makes one of the boringest teams in one of the boringest sports cities somewhat watchable. That's worth the price of tuning to Channel 7 right there alone.

Question: Did Mike Vick deserve to get reinstated? What team do you think he'd fit best on?

NFL conditionally reinstates Michael Vick [USAToday]

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