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.
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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