Attention Roger Goodell: the time to act is now

18 08 2007

The CommishI am aghast at the time it is taking NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to do something decisive on the Michael Vick situation.

Sure, I understand all the “innocent-’til-proven-guilty” postulations arguments, but that didn’t stop suspensions of Henry, Johnson and Jones. The line given on these was “bringing the game into disrepute”, and clearly that is something that Henry, Johnson and Jones did. And I am glad that a Commissioner of a professional sports league is standing up and saying that enough is enough.

For far too long pro-athletes have gotten away with – quite literally sometimes – murder. It’s quite apparent that fame-as-currency has quite a bit of pull… even in the courtrooms of the world (this is not merely confined to the boundaries of the USA). Goodell’s stance on behavior is a welcome respite to the collective blind-eye that has been turned to athletes-behaving-badly.

Scene of the heinous - Vick’s Moonlight Road residenceBut Vick… on Vick Roger seems indecisive, faltering and uncertain. The swift, heavy hammer of Goodell’s justice fell quickly on others, why not Michael Vick? Commissioner Goodell told Vick that he would bare responsibility for anything that occurred at the Moonlight Road property. And as it now stands, there can be no doubt that some pretty abominable stuff was going on there.

So, what’s happened? Thus far, Vick has only been banned from training camp – a penalty that ensures that he still gets paid. Ok, the opportunity was open for additional penalties to be applied. But surely that time is now – there’s no doubt about dogfighting was going on there, plus some other atrocities (in regards to the dogs)… and yet the latest stance from Goodell’s office is that he will let the legal proceedings run their course before taking any action.

And on those legal proceedings: it would seem that Vick’s posse is quickly deserting him now. For years, they’ve seen with great clarity which side of the bread the butter’s on – and Vick’s been their benefactor. But now faced with serious jail-time, that same cognizance has lead to their plea-bargaining with the prosecution – Tony Taylor, Quanis Phillips and Purnell Peace will testify against their one-time patron, Vick.

Michael Vick leaves courtIndeed, even Vick’s attorneys are exploring the possibilities of entering a plea-bargain with the Attorney General’s office and the NFL to try and salvage his football career.

If this were to happen, that’s Vick acknowledging that a) he’s got at least some degree of guilt – it all happened… and b) he has lied through his teeth all the way about this. Initially to Roger Goodell, and then to the public with his attorney’s reading of Vick’s assertion of his innocence. Even if the prosecution went with this, and that’s something I doubt they’ll do – given the strength of the case they have against Vick, then all that has transpired would surely deserve a suspension measured in years, not months.

So that takes us back to Commissioner Goodell. It’s astounding that he can seem so strong and incisive when dealing with Chris Henry, Tank Johnson and Pacman Jones… and then refuse to play hardball when the “bringing the game into disrepute” faces it’s biggest transgressor.

I am left speechless. As is Goodell.

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A slightly-satirical look at the same story, over at Epic Carnivaland a follow-up on it: On Michael Vick

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18 08 2007
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19 08 2007
Clerical Solutions

Time and time again another athlete seems to get away with bad behavior. Yes, everyone deserves their day in court, innocent until proven guilty but something needs to be done about the outlandish, above the law attitude, over the top bad behavior of all athletes even if they don’t have to go to court. There needs to be stiffer penalties for their bad behavior if they are found guilty.

19 08 2007
withmalice

I disagree about the ‘stiffer penalties’. I just think they need to be held accountable to the same laws as everyone else, and have the penalties applied the same way as they would be to us.

19 08 2007
tsos20

Vick should do a year in jail and then serve a 1 year NFL suspension . Anything less would be ” star treatment”. He is accused of sickening acts, more than just dog fighting. The public should never embrace him again. He will be allowed to earn a living, but should be forever booed by the fans. He is not much better than OJ Simpson. He caused a lot of pain and death. Just because they were “only dogs”, what gives him the right to set them on fire???

On my blog is a story, ” Vick, you make me sick”. Feel free to comment on it. This is one of the most disgusting sports stories of my entire life. I hope he refuses the plea bargain and gets the 6 years he really deserves at trial.
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19 08 2007
withmalice

Heh… hi there Sultan.
Dunno man, I still believe “OJ did it”… and murder of someone ranks higher than slaughter of dogs for me.

Still… I think Vick will get more than a year… and if convicted, I’d bet Roger hands down a life-time ban.

19 08 2007
tsos20

Just for the record, the murder of people is worse. If he had done to people what he did to dogs, then we’d be talking the death penalty not a year or so.

Oh yeah, no way the NFL gives him more than a 1 year suspension. There is a history in the NFL of 1 year gambling suspensions. Remember Alex Karras and Paul Hornung. I think the NFL considers the gambilng part of Vick’s crime as the most serious offense. I, of course, don’t.
The Sultan on Sports

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19 08 2007
withmalice

Sultan – I disagree on the issue of the NFL regarding the gambling as worse. And the word is that Vick will, if found guilty, do a sentence of between 18 months and 3 years. Apparently, a deal was on the table, and Vick didn’t take it. Expectations are that early in the coming week, Vick may face further indictments under the RICO laws re. racketeering, which may mean that he faces a longer sentence than thought.

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20 08 2007
Aaron Becker

The NFL wants NO association with gambling, like what’s happening with the NBA. That unto itself could be the nail in the coffin for Vick.

21 08 2007
Chris

I am sick of Roger and Vick, thay are both sick! I will never watch another game with Vick playing, even if it were the Superbowl. Roger should act oct on this and set an example or step aside. I wish Vick could get 20 years for his pathetic behavior. For the record, the things he did to dogs is just as bad as doing it to humans, the law is just not written to be as strict.

What a POS. I hope he gets what he deserves in prision…repeatidly!!!

21 08 2007
withmalice

Ummm… interesting spelling options there Chris! 😉
But feelings noted, and I guess we’re on the same side o’ the fence, even if the degree of that is a lil’ different. Will be sure to pass ’em on to Roger Rabbit next time we talk! 😉

21 08 2007
Aaron Becker

Vick has to do more time than the two that turned on him, which means 2 years, or close too it. I’m guessing with time served, it will probably be less that 1 1/2 years.

But whatever team that does pick him up, will be desperate and at a low point, most likely.

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