Roger Goodell drives his point home with Michael Vick
Roger Goodell has made it clear that the slightest misstep by Michael Vick at this point could lead to his banishment from the NFL.
That was the message the league sent today after Goodell sat down with Vick and Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid in training camp.
“Commissioner Goodell informed Michael Vick today at Eagles camp that there will be no disciplinary action as a result of the incident in Virginia, based on his current understanding of the facts.
“Commissioner Goodell spoke several weeks ago by phone with Michael, Tony Dungy, and Eagles Coach Andy Reid. All were in agreement on the need for additional support measures to be added to Michael's plan to enhance his opportunity to succeed in life and football. These additional steps will remain confidential, but they will require Michael to meet even higher standards.”
So, as best we understand it there will be no punishment for Vick following the shooting outside his birthday party, but now he will be held to an even higher standard. We’re glad that point comes through loud and clear. Guess that means no more All White parties for Vick. Not ones he can sell tickets to, anyway.
“He understands the responsibility he has and the position he’s in and he has to make good decisions,” Goodell said when he met with Philadelphia media. “We obviously have had our people review the matter, but I want him to understand that he’s in a different position than most and because of that he has to conduct himself differently and he recognizes that I think. Hopefully he’s going to make better decisions going forward.”
Now, Goodell only has to set straight the conduct of another quarterback who calls Pennsylvania home, at least during the season. He’ll meet with Ben Roethlisberger at some point in the future to ensure he’s behaving himself.
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