Meeting Between Vick, Goodell Might Be Scheduled Before League's Disciplinary Decision

Michael Vick's representatives plan to try to arrange a meeting between the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell before Goodell decides what discipline the league will impose on Vick, sources familiar with Vick's case said today.

NFL officials said that Goodell had not decided what punishment to impose on Vick, whose lawyers announced Monday that he'd agreed to plead guilty to the federal dogfighting charges against him. The proposed plea agreement, if it is accepted by the judge in the case, would put Vick in violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy, which empowers Goodell to fine, suspend or impose a lifetime ban on an offending player.

Goodell said last month, just after ordering Vick not to report to training camp with the Falcons pending the outcome of a review of the case by the league, that he was open to the possibility of a face-to-face meeting with Vick.

By Mark Maske |  August 21, 2007; 10:00 PM ET  | Category:  Falcons , League
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Fighting dogs is 100% wrong. I am shocked at the comments fellow players have made supporting Vick. He and them are scum and should be banned from the league no questions asked. STOP ANIMAL ABUSE.

Posted by: Nate | August 22, 2007 9:01 AM

Even though the dog fighting is horrendous by itself, the actual problem for Vick with the NFL is the interstate/illegal gambling. That has always been grounds for a lifetime ban from the NFL.

However, for the sake of discussion, let's say the league tacks on a 1-year ban after the prison sentence is over. What team wants the PR nightmare they would get by signing Vick? PETA and the ASPCA will refresh everybody's memory about Vick when he tries - and rightfully so. A little memory jostle is good from time to time.

Will some people try and make this a race thing? That has already been done. Read the Atlanta papers online and it is in every article about Vick.

The only way Vick will play again is if he can convince the American public that he is truly sorry for what he did. He needs to actively work to stop the dog fighting sickness.

He won't get the forgiveness by having a "spokesman" stand before the press and read his little script.

What a shame. The skills he had, while unconventional, made every game he played fun to watch.

I will miss him for that.

But I won't feel sorry for him.

Posted by: BoltsFan | August 22, 2007 10:44 AM

While the dog fighting is clearly the sign of a disturbed person and lying to the Falcons and Commissioner about his involvement is a sign of a low integrity the real problem for Vick should be the illegal interstate gambling. The folks that handle these sorts of operations don't specialize. Book makers that handle dog fights also make book in the NBA, MLB and the NFL.

I'm not accusing Vick of anything here, but I would hope someone is reviewing tapes to see if spreads were marginally missed on more then a few occasions by consistent Vick mistakes. This seems to suggest at the very least points shaving or possibly even throwing a game. On the basis of that and his clear lack of integrity Michael Vick needs to be kept away from the NFL.

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