While this is certainly old news, I feel the need to publicly get my two cents in. Needless to say, after hearing Commissioner Goodell’s ruling I am shocked to say the following: I feel bad for Michael Vick and feel that Goodell made a very unfair decision (or lack thereof).
Now, I am the furthest thing from a Vick supporter. From the numerous controversies surrounding his roller coaster career in Atlanta to the fallout that was Bad Newz Kennels and have been a big fan of Roger Goodell and his role in continuing to make the NFL the country’s best sport, but this time I think he is being out of line. First off, Vick served his time, 23 months to be exact, and like every other criminal deserves a chance to go back to the real world and make a living.
Second, Goodell has had practically two years to decide what to do with Vick in regards to re-instating him into the league and here we are two years later and we still do not know when Michael Vick will be able to play in a regular season game. This, in itself, has essentially stripped Vick of playing this year, because team owners are rightfully very concerned about signing a guy to a contract in which the player might not even be able to play in the first year of the contract.
Only time will tell how long Vick will be fully re-instated. While I may be in the minority, here is one person that hopes to see Vick back on the field soon.