NFL commissioner Roger Goodell won’t let former NFL star Michael Vick walk onto the field without having expressed “remorse” for his criminal actions, according to Yahoo! Sports (see story).
Vick, due to be released from a federal prison in late July, has been serving a 20-month stint for his role in a dog-fighting ring. It is unlikely that Vick will be allowed to play this season or attend any teams training camp, the story reported.
Goodell has reiterated several times that he wants to personally evaluate Vick and have a private sit-down to determine if he is worthy of getting a second chance to play in the NFL.
The commissioner is known as a stickler for the rules when it comes to his players off-field issues. He recently suspended Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth who plead guilty to DUI manslaughter in March. Currently, he is contemplating suspending New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who is connected to a possession and firing of an unregistered gun in a NYC nightclub in November, according to the story.
Goodell is on some sort of an ego-trip and needs to sit down somewhere. He does have to set guidelines but the NFL is not anymore out-of-control than any other organization or business. There are almost 2,000 players who are currently playing in the NFL. It seems as if the NFL is full of criminals because whenever one gets in trouble news of it is blown out of proportion.
What is the purpose of the U.S. Justice Department? They gave Vick a punishment that was questionable, nonetheless, it has almost been completely served. Does Goodell expect him to get on his knees and kiss his feet in order to get back in?
Goodell is probably like S.C. Gov. Sanford. Sanford ridiculed President Clinton for having an affair, but now news has recently came out that he was doing the same thing. I’d put money on it that Goodell is not the saint that he expects his players to be.
SabreeThinks the suspension of players who are tied up in legal issues is understandable, but those who have been reprimanded should be given a fair shot to get back into the NFL.