mike vick reinstated

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    Michael Vick reinstated by NFL

    •  FILE -- This is a July 20, 2009 file photo showing former Atlanta Falcon quarterback Michael Vick(notes) arriving at federal court in Norfolk, Va. Vick was conditionally reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday July 27, 2009, and could play in regular season games as early as October.

    NEW YORK (AP)—Michael Vick(notes) was reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday and could play in regular-season games as early as October.

    Vick can immediately participate in preseason practices, workouts and meetings and can play in the final two preseason games—if he can find a team that will sign him. A number of teams have already said they would not.

    “Needless to say, your margin for error is extremely limited,” Goodell said in a letter to Vick. “I urge you to take full advantage of the resources available to support you and to dedicate yourself to rebuilding your life and your career. If you do this, the NFL will support you.”

    Goodell suspended Vick indefinitely in August 2007 after the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback admitted bankrolling the “Bad Newz Kennels” dogfighting operation. Goodell said then that Vick must show remorse and signs that he has changed before he would consider reinstating him.

    “I accept that you are sincere when you say that you want to, and will, turn your life around, and that you intend to be a positive role model for others,” Goodell added. “I am prepared to offer you that opportunity. Whether you succeed is entirely in your hands.”

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    Once the season begins, Vick may participate in all team activities except games, and Goodell said he would consider Vick for full reinstatement by Week 6 (Oct. 18-19).

    Goodell called a news conference for late Monday afternoon.

    “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 through agent Joel Segal. “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.

    “Again, I want to thank the commissioner for the chance to return to the game I love and the opportunity to become an example of positive change.”

    The announcement came after a busy first week of freedom for Vick, who met with union leaders and Goodell on consecutive days last week. His 23-month federal sentence ended when an electronic monitor was removed from his ankle early on July 20 at his home in Hampton, Va.

    He met with DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, last Tuesday and, on Wednesday, he sat down with Goodell at a security firm in Allendale, N.J.

    But his issues are far from over. Already, the owners of the New York Giants and New York Jets said they have no interest in the 29-year-old quarterback, who once was the league’s highest-paid player.

    Vick needs to find a team so he can get himself out of financial ruin. He filed for bankruptcy protection last July, listing assets of about $16 million and debts of more than $20 million, and has a hearing about his plan to repay his creditors on Friday in Norfolk, Va. That plan is built around his ability to make NFL-type money again.

    He’s unlikely to command anything close to the 10-year, $130 million contract he once had with the Falcons, or to get endorsement deals after the grisly details of his involvement in the dogfighting ring.

    Vick finally pleaded guilty after his three co-defendants had already done so. They told of how Vick participated in the killing of dogs that didn’t perform well in test fights by shooting, hanging, drowning or slamming them to the ground.

    Vick’s appearances at federal court in Richmond, Va., all came with large groups of protestors outside. Many were with PETA and held signs depicting photographs of Pit Bulls ravaged in dogfights and decrying the brutality in the gruesome details that emerged in the case.

    A smaller group came to show support for Vick wearing jerseys with his No. 7.

    Vick has already taken some steps to begin rebuilding his image and showing remorse.

    He met with the president of the Humane Society of the United States while serving the first 18 months of his federal sentence in the prison at Leavenworth, Kan. He plans to work with HSUS in a program designed to steer inner city youth away from dogfighting. He was not permitted to work with the program while in custody.

    “It’s been a long process,” Segal said. “He’s thrilled for the opportunity to resume his playing career. He understands he has a lot to prove.”

     
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    I find it interesting that the Vick situation has more resolution to it than the Favre situation.

    Maybe Goodell can reinstate Favre, too. How is Brett able to make up his mind on who to throw to?
     
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    [QUOTE]Vick has already taken some steps to begin rebuilding his image and showing remorse. He met with the president of the Humane Society of the United States while serving the first 18 months of his federal sentence in the prison at Leavenworth, Kan. He plans to work with HSUS in a program designed to steer inner city youth away from dogfighting. He was not permitted to work with the program while in custody. “It’s been a long process,” Segal said. “He’s thrilled for the opportunity to resume his playing career. He understands he has a lot to prove.”
    Posted by mrmojo1120[/QUOTE]

    This is good to see! I feel he should have been suspended longer, but I am pleased to see he will be starting to turn his life around.  Also, hopefully the terms of paying off his debt causes him to live a life not of excess, but of humility and then rewarded with hard work & some financial sucess and hopefully the IRS will be monitoring him.
     
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    Wow, I find this pathetic! He should have at least suffered another year before the NFL caved on this loser!

    Go Pats!!!
     
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    lenord little was named an all-pro in 2003, what does this have to do with Vick? little was: 
    After leaving a birthday party drunk in 1998, Little crashed into and killed Susan Gutweiler in St. Louis, MO. When tested, his blood alcohol level measured 0.19 percent, a level that exceeds the statutory level of intoxication of 0.08 in the state of Missouri. Little received 90 days in jail, four years probation and 1000 hours of community service.  
    where were all you holier than thou mofo's then? where was the outrage for this incident?
     
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    In Response to Re: mike vick reinstated:
    [QUOTE]lenord little was named an all-pro in 2003, what does this have to do with Vick? little was:  After leaving a birthday party drunk in 1998, Little crashed into and killed Susan Gutweiler in St. Louis, MO. When tested, his blood alcohol level measured 0.19 percent, a level that exceeds the statutory level of intoxication of 0.08 in the state of Missouri. Little received 90 days in jail, four years probation and 1000 hours of community service.   where were all you holier than thou mofo's then? where was the outrage for this incident?
    Posted by bchan89[/QUOTE]

    I have posted in other threads that it's my opinion Little should have also been banned from the NFL. As for where any of us were at that time, it's hard to say. This message board did not exist at that time, so I would not assume that none of us weren't outraged! As for his NFL suspension (8 games I believe), that was issued by Tags, not Goodell. We all know discipline was a bit more lax back then.
     
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    In Response to Re: mike vick reinstated:
     I know the message boards/twitter/blogs were not around then, it is amazing that people want vick to fry for what he did, again not condoning his actions, but as a society do we really value a pit bulls life more than a mother, sister, aunt wife? 
     
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    I think any team that signs him will get a lot for a little.  He's going to make a contribution to any team that signs him - just not sure this is the right team.
     
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    In Response to Re: mike vick reinstated:
    [QUOTE]lenord little was named an all-pro in 2003, what does this have to do with Vick? little was:  After leaving a birthday party drunk in 1998, Little crashed into and killed Susan Gutweiler in St. Louis, MO. When tested, his blood alcohol level measured 0.19 percent, a level that exceeds the statutory level of intoxication of 0.08 in the state of Missouri. Little received 90 days in jail, four years probation and 1000 hours of community service.   where were all you holier than thou mofo's then? where was the outrage for this incident?
    Posted by bchan89[/QUOTE]

    Sorry, I was not posting then and was a little busy in Iraq! He should have been banned also. If Tom Brady goes and gets drunk and kills someone then I will change my mind......... just joking he would have to go also!!!


    Go Pats!!!
     
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    Vickstein
     
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