Goodell Says He's "Very Concerned" About Vick Allegations But Not Ready to Decide About Discipline
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said here today that he's "very concerned" about the allegations that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick might have been involved in a dogfighting operation in Virginia but is not prepared to make a decision about possible disciplinary action.
Authorities are investigating Vick's possible involvement, and Goodell said at a news conference following a one-day owners' meeting: "We are following it very closely. As you know, I met with Michael at the draft. I am very concerned about the issues revolving around Michael. He knows that, and he's pledged to me he's going to make changes in his life to address those. So we'll continue to monitor those."
Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) wrote a letter Friday to Goodell urging him to take strong action if the allegations are proven true. Goodell said he received the letter and would respond to Lantos.
"I do share his concern," Goodell said. "On the other hand, I want to make sure that we understand the facts before we make any decisions on this, and the facts are still unclear."
By Mark Maske |
May 22, 2007; 8:17 PM ET
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