Michael Vick Reinstated By NFL: Conditionally

July 27, 2009

Michael Vick reinstated? Yes, you heard it right. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has agreed to “conditionally reinstate” the former Falcons quarterback. Read more about the story plus photos and video below.

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Michael Vick Reinstated in the NFL!

With Michael Vick reinstated in the NFL, albeit conditionally, animal activists are making their unhappy voices heard. There are some who feel he “did his time” and should be allowed to play and some who think he should never be allowed back in the NFL. What do you think folks? Leave me a comment below.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has allowed Vick to sign with a team immediately, go to training camp and attend the last two preseason games. However, he is not allowed a full reinstatement until Vick goes under review by Goodell in the sixth week of the regular season, (October 18-19).

Vick met with executive director of the NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith, last Tuesday, and the following day met with Goodell.

Goodell wrote a letter to Vick Monday, the following is an excerpt:

“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.”

You can read the full letter here.

Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy had visited Vick while he was in prison and has agreed to continue to be his mentor and advisor.

Vick released a statement through his agent, Joel Segal, expressing gratitude to Goodell for allowing him to be reinstated and went on to say that he understood that playing in the NFL was a “privilege, not a right”, and he welcomes the opportunity to “become an example of positive change”. The full statement is here.

Vick was suspended indefinitely in August 2007 after he plead guilty to his role in a dogfighting operation at his Virginia home. He spent 18 months in jail and released from federal custody on July 20th. He will still serve three years of probation.

Okay folks, let your voices be heard! What do you think of Michael Vick reinstated by the NFL? Leave your comments, as well as photos and video below.

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6 Responses to “Michael Vick Reinstated By NFL: Conditionally”

  1. 1
    Judith Fahy Says:

    Shame on the NFL! Shame on Roger Goodall! What is wrong with this organization? Is it because it was only dogs? Don’t they count? Michael Vick is scum and he always will be until the day he dies. He was brought up in the United States, where dog fighting has long been outlawed so he knew darned well that he was breaking the law, not to mention inflicting unspeakable cruelty upon these dogs when he engaged in dog fighting. If I wasn’t a fan of NFL football before, I am definitely not a fan now! What is wrong with the NFL as a whole? Where is the sense of public responsiblity? Why should should a convicted felon EVER be allowed to play professional ball again? Do any of you ever think about the trauma and pain suffered by those dogs at Vick’s hands? Seems that you don’t. I guess I’ll be writing to all those companies that sponsor NFL coverage on TV – just to let them know that their consumers don’t appreciate their support of animal abusers.

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    fair play Says:

    I disagree with the previous writer. Vick should ne allowed to play in the NFL. Yes, he is a convicted felon. He was punished for it and has paid his debt to society. Why should he be denied the opportunity to make a living just because of a prior mistake. I don’t agree with what he did, but he was judged by 12 and sentenced by a judge according to the lawws of our country. What more do you want. He has done everythng that he was suppose to do.. get over it. Let it pass. Let that man feed his children. The whole country should. Take notice of the NFL. Just because a person is a convicted of a felony does not mean they need to be oppressed by society. Also, this was written by a person who doesn’t even like football. Boxing is were it’s at.

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    Barbara Owens Says:

    Michael Vick served his sentence and has expressed remorse. He should not be continually punished for it, where is the goodnes, dare I say, God, in that? He has a family to feet to.
    We are such a backwards society, many convicted felons go to prison or receive probation and wish to make an honest turnaround but cannot because of others self righteous attitudes, then the same ones that don’t want them on their workforce complain about them having to resort to public aid. It is a vicious cycle. Let the man work. And I like dogs, for the record.

  4. 4
    D C Black Says:

    Here is a very short response.
    Denny McClain given three chances.
    Babe Ruth- given three chances.
    Mike Tyson- given a new start.
    We can go on and on but the main theme is that Michael Vick has paid the cost for his foolishness. It was a costly payment to make. Now its time to move on. Just think of what would have happen if he had been the stitch the feds wanted him to be. It would have been a lot of sport stars and owners probably going down with him. dog fighting is wrong but its present because of the same reason we go to football, baseball, and basketball, hockey games. It violent, exciting,and financially rewarding. He’s paid for that let him make a living doing what he knows how to do best.

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    D C Black Says:

    Oh and by the way. All of America should know this Michael Vick was not convicted of killing dogs. The man was convicted of providing the property and the means in which to fight and bury dogs. It was not and has not been proven that Michael Vick actually participated in a dog fight only that he owner the property and was there on occassion during a dog fight.

    He was wrong for sure but it cost him $100,000,000.00 to learn the error of his ways. That is punishment enough.

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    santiago Says:

    Man you people need to really get a life the guy did time for things people around him was doing first.second yall(whites)been killing all races of PEOPLE for as long as time shown stop hating and judge what you dont know this guy IF he did do the crime he did if time let it go… learn to congraduate not hate