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Vick meets with NFLPA leader

NFL_vick2_250.jpgMichael Vick is making the rounds with the leaders of the football industry. 

Days before his expected meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell, Vick met with NFLPA executive director Demaurice Smith on Tuesday.

The contents of the meeting were not revealed, but it shows that Smith is taking a hands-on approach in his new job and that he’s not afraid to reach out to any player.

Vick seems to be inching closer to a return to the NFL (Sorry unnamed Orlando UFL franchise fans), but he still must do well in his meeting with Goodell.

Speaking on Sportscenter Wednesday, ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio said that Vick met with Tony Dungy last week at Vick’s home in Virginia in an effort to prepare for his meeting with Goodell.

One of Vick’s advisors said it was the “biggest job interview of Vick’s life and he has got to nail to it.”

Paolantonio also included the nugget that a four game suspension during the regular season could still be in play for Vick, even under a conditional reinstatement.  In that scenario, he would be able to practice in training camp.

The big question now seems to be where Vick will wind up, not if he will be allowed to play .    

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  1. Fan_Of_ Four says: Jul 22, 2009 7:26 PM

    Screw Vick…I hope he suffers the same fate as his dogs. The NFL is really pi$$ing all over its image if they allow him to play.

  2. Ynottosa says: Jul 22, 2009 7:27 PM

    Didn’t he get busted for Mary Jane right as he was being jailed? Couldn’t/Shouldn’t this also be a factor in the dogkiller’s fate?

  3. nosferatu says: Jul 22, 2009 7:29 PM

    No comment on whether or not they tied him to a rape pole during the interview, one can only hope though

  4. realityonetwo says: Jul 22, 2009 7:29 PM

    The big question now seems to be where Vick will wind up, not if he will be allowed to play .

    The bigger question: When the hell is Goodell going to reduce Marshawn Lynch’s suspension? If Vick can play this year after being in the pen for SLAUGHTERING DOGS, Marshawn should serve no more than one game for SITTING IN A CAR.

  5. Hillbilly Coach says: Jul 22, 2009 7:41 PM

    Let’s be real. Nobody is willing to risk fan and sponsor backlash. I pity the NFL franchise that risks their economic future in these tough times to see if a one-dimensional “running” QB still has some gas after two years.
    I don’t see it happening.

  6. empty13 says: Jul 22, 2009 7:59 PM

    but… what does this have to do with rapistberger?

  7. mrejr8234 says: Jul 22, 2009 8:13 PM

    I see no problem with Vick being able to work. If it as a football player so what? Were people protesting when he went to work at a construction company? No. He has served his time, whether we agree with the length of his sentence doesn’t matter. There is more imprtant jobs he could hold and not a single one of us would care if he got employed doing one of them but we’re gonna get mad about him playing football? If Vick isn’t allowed to play football Leonard Little should be banned retro-actively. He killed someone drinking and driving and then got busted for a DWI after that. I’m sorry but if you deny someone the right to work then it kinda forces them to figure out ways to earn money that sometimes isn’t acceptable which creates a circle of doing stuff the wrong way. I love dogs but again he has done his time and if he gets to play for an NFL team you could always just not support that team. It’s really that simple.

  8. Hugh says: Jul 22, 2009 8:16 PM

    If Goodell lets Vick back in the NFL without any punishment, why should the NFL have any “conduct policy”?
    “Do whatever illegal activity you want, NFL players. As soon as you get out of jail, if you have talent, you can play again.”
    I will loose interest in the NFL if that happens, a 35 year fan.

  9. IStateYourName says: Jul 22, 2009 8:44 PM

    Screw Ray Lewis, them’s were people.

  10. Shredder says: Jul 22, 2009 8:54 PM

    Ron Mexico what a joke.
    Maybe he could change his jersey to Ron Mexico and Giddel can make him kneel.

  11. trixstal says: Jul 22, 2009 9:07 PM

    For a player that made his career on broken plays, there sure is a lot of hype going around that he’ll be a starter. Really? Good luck to that team. Just like Favre, this guy will be a zero factor come the post-season. Zero!
    My personal opinion, I hope the NFL never lets him back on any field.

  12. penguininbondage says: Jul 22, 2009 9:09 PM

    Dungy and Smith are telling him what lies he has to tell the white man.
    Disgusting

  13. houskat says: Jul 22, 2009 9:14 PM

    I’m not down with Vicky the thug!

  14. bigdaddydawg91 says: Jul 22, 2009 9:19 PM

    I still think this is racial!!!! No one said anything when Romanski spits on a player or Barrett Robbins asks a damn fool! Those bamas should of been tossed out the league for a minute. I admit, Vick committed a crime, but those are freaking docs…..For example….when a WHITE family shows neglect by not securing a cage of a python and the python kills the baby. There is a slap on the wrist. Or a WHITE family who KNOWS they have a rat infested are irresponsible and the baby dies from infestation of rats. But a brotha shoots a damn dog and gets caught gamblin! Get the freak out here!!!
    All you bamas who don’t want VICK back into the league are jealous of his wealth!!! Everyone is hush hush about Dirk about to marry a Freak!!! Freaking redneck bamas….

  15. LewD says: Jul 22, 2009 9:58 PM

    big daddy dawg91 ….
    say that again???

  16. Alpheratz says: Jul 22, 2009 10:11 PM

    Interesting how he blows off Dan Reeves and instead uses Father Dungy as a mentor.

  17. Facts Domino says: Jul 22, 2009 10:18 PM

    What did Barrett Robbins ask a damn fool?

  18. bigjoey46us says: Jul 23, 2009 12:09 AM

    bigdaddydawg,
    First of all your grammer is horrible. Second of all if you want to make a point be rationale. Granted a kid dying by a python is horrible, but most likely if it happens ONCE it was probably a horrible mistake. I highly doubt “WHITE” people constantly forget to lock their cages of their pythons and babies are repeatedly killed. However repeatedly killing dogs who do not perform up to standard, when dog fighting is illegal, is definetely a crime. I love how you brought up the point of this being racial…but then continue on to refer to white people as “bamas”. You sir are ignorant. And for your information Barrett Robbins is Bipolar, which is a serious mental illness.

  19. strayycatt says: Jul 23, 2009 5:22 AM

    BIGDADDYDAWG91 You are so right this is about racism and if you slink into the bathroom and take a look in the mirror you can make a 100% proof positive id on who the racist is!

  20. strayycatt says: Jul 23, 2009 5:36 AM

    Oh Yeah! Bigdaddydawg91 (eye roll big time) ROLL TIDE BAAABBBBY!!!!!! ;)))))

  21. tian says: Jul 23, 2009 7:04 AM

    He did his crime. He’s done his time. As long as he has the skills and a team wants him, he should be able to play… period.
    In the end, this is a business. If someone determines that his upside is better than his downside, then they should be allowed to sign him.
    The bottom line is this: more people want to pay money to see him play than folks who doesn’t. If he showed up in uniform, say like in St. Louis or somewhere- the stadium will be sold out. And if he showed the exact same amount of talent that he displayed with the Falcons- they will be sold out for a long time.
    And, the streets will be filled outside the stadium with protesters. But in the end, if he remains contrite and he wins games, the stadium’s sell-outs will remain, but the protesters will dwindle.
    And such is the nature of this situation.

  22. EskinSux says: Jul 23, 2009 8:31 AM

    OK…..bigdaddydawg91…..By your rationale..Then TO should have been kicked out of the league for spitting on DeAngelo Hall for which he was fined. Sean Taylor should have been kicked out for spitting on Michael Pittman, for which he was fined. Romanowski was fined as well. Now, tell me did these incidents just slip your mind or just omitted because your agenda is nothing more than a racist diatribe?

  23. overkil2 says: Jul 23, 2009 9:13 AM

    My take on this is that he did his time, now unless you are going to make a new ruling to now allow ex-cons to play football, he should be allowed the opportunity to play as long as he doesn’t commit any crimes or violates his probation.
    If you think he shouldn’t be playing then by the same token, Donte Stallworth and Plaxico Burress shouldn’t be playing in the NFL.
    One killed a person while intoxicated and the other one was an idiot who carried a gun into a club and shot himself in the leg. Both are doing or are going to do time.
    What Vick did was horrible, but what some of you don’t realize is that dog fighting is part of some cultures, just like cock fighting is part of some Latin cultures.
    It’s not right, but people get into it early and maybe don’t comprehend how barbaris it really is.
    All I’m saying is at least be consistent with your rulings, Mr. Commissioner.
    Personally I don’t think that any convict should play the game and profit from it, but that’s just me. I just hate reading the hypocricy of some people on this board.

  24. Shortdawg says: Jul 23, 2009 9:56 AM

    Screw da dogs! This whole thing has been overblown. Dogs are just animals like deer that we shoot for game. The man has gone to jail (which I think is BS) and you guys are still carrying on about how you cannot not let him do his job. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Everyone posting here has done things in their lives that if exposed to their employers will get them fired but you are the first ones to try to deny someone of their livelihood. Hypocrites!

  25. RaidersSavior says: Jul 23, 2009 10:38 AM

    @Bigdaddy…
    Yes. You’re right. It’s pure racism. Everyone in the world is racist. Everyone hates black people. Everyone hates white people. Everyone hates Hispanics. Oh – did I mention – everyone hates black people.
    This is clearly a race issue. It has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the fact that he slaughtered, mutilated, and MURDERED innocent animals. It also has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the fact that he ran an INTERSTATE ILLEGAL GAMBLING operation. It also has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the fact that he was incarcerated for tax evasion in addition to an illegal gambling ring. It also has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the fact that he failed a DRUG TEST and sat there and lied to the commissioners face about “clearing his ‘GOOD NAME.'”
    Ok, so now that that’s all out of the way. Yes, you’re 100% right. It has EVERYTHING to do with the fact that he’s a black man, and that it’s a white mans league. That white men like DeMaurice Smith run the players association. And that white players are the majority of the league that he flaunted his lavish and over-the-top lifestyle in.
    It’s also because Michael Vick was black that before all of these gambling/drug/dog fighting allegations came out that he wasn’t awarded the richest contract in the history of the NFL – in fact, he received the veteran minimum because he was black.
    Oh. Wait – I think I have a few facts wrong. Let me clarify – and by your grammar and verbage, I doubt that you would understand that word, or the use of sarcasm, so let me just give it to you straight you f*cking moron….
    DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFL Players Association is BLACK.
    Black players represent 65% of the league’s total players.
    Michael Vick signed a 10 year $130 million dollar contract.
    You’re comments are not only some of the most ridiculous garbage I have ever seen in my life, they are the very root of REVERSE racism.
    You should take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself who the true racist is. Because, its not the white man.
    You’re a f*cking moron.
    I’m so sick of these racial comments. THERE IS A BLACK MAN IN THE OVAL OFFICE who- by the way, I voted for despite being a life-long republican. Take that for what it’s worth.
    PS – PETA has it right – He should be given a mental evaluation before he even is considered for reinstatement – check out this article:
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,534352,00.html
    But wait- is subjecting the murderer/convicted felon/gambling ring leading/tax evading former star racist? Maybe because he’s black it is? Ugh. Idiot.

  26. RaidersSavior says: Jul 23, 2009 10:52 AM

    @shortdawg…
    I have a great idea. Lets starve you for weeks on end. Beat you repeatedly. Work you out until you are on the verge of a heart attack every single day… Then, when your just about to kill yourself from desperation..
    Throw you into a ring with another dude we just did the same thing to. Then, tell you its either him, or you, only one of you is coming out alive. Let him tear away at your flest, bite your neck, try to rip your eyes out, break your legs, immobilize you, and leave you to die in the middle of a ring while people cheer on your pathetic life’s end.
    Oh, and let’s say for argument sake you are able to somehow survive the brutality of being eaten alive. Lets then take you, stick you in a tub of water, try to drown you. And when you don’t drown, lets send an electric current through the water to try to electrocute you. THEN, after that doesn’t kill you, lets hang you from a tree. Then, after that, let’s slit your throat wide open. After your finally dead, lets bury you in a mass grave so no one will remember who you are.
    Yea, “Screw da dogs.” They didn’t go through anything traumatic at all.
    Another f*cking moron.
    Oh- and btw – that coincidentally had nothing to do with why Vick went to jail. He went to jail for running an interstate gambling ring, and tax evasion (on top of the fact that he failed a drug test administered by the NFL). Pete Rose will never get into the H.O.F. for simply betting on games. This man RAN A GAMBLING ring – organized crime.
    Don Vick. Yea right – ban him for life. And I still think we should treat you like a fighting dog and see how you feel about it. @$$hole.

  27. RaidersSavior says: Jul 23, 2009 11:14 AM

    @Bigdaddy…
    Yes. You’re right. It’s pure racism. Everyone in the world is racist. Everyone hates black people. Everyone hates white people. Everyone hates Hispanics. Oh – did I mention – everyone hates black people.
    This is clearly a race issue. It has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the fact that he slaughtered, mutilated, and MURDERED innocent animals. It also has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the fact that he ran an INTERSTATE ILLEGAL GAMBLING operation. It also has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the fact that he was incarcerated for tax evasion in addition to an illegal gambling ring. It also has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the fact that he failed a DRUG TEST and sat there and lied to the commissioners face about “clearing his ‘GOOD NAME.'”
    Ok, so now that that’s all out of the way. Yes, you’re 100% right. It has EVERYTHING to do with the fact that he’s a black man, and that it’s a white mans league. That white men like DeMaurice Smith run the players association. And that white players are the majority of the league that he flaunted his lavish and over-the-top lifestyle in.
    It’s also because Michael Vick was black that before all of these gambling/drug/dog fighting allegations came out that he wasn’t awarded the richest contract in the history of the NFL – in fact, he received the veteran minimum because he was black.
    Oh. Wait – I think I have a few facts wrong. Let me clarify – and by your grammar and verbage, I doubt that you would understand that word, or the use of sarcasm, so let me just give it to you straight you f*cking moron….
    DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFL Players Association is BLACK.
    Black players represent 65% of the league’s total players.
    Michael Vick signed a 10 year $130 million dollar contract.
    You’re comments are not only some of the most ridiculous garbage I have ever seen in my life, they are the very root of REVERSE racism.
    You should take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself who the true racist is. Because, its not the white man.
    You’re a f*cking moron.
    I’m so sick of these racial comments. THERE IS A BLACK MAN IN THE OVAL OFFICE who- by the way, I voted for despite being a life-long republican. Take that for what it’s worth.
    PS – PETA has it right – He should be given a mental evaluation before he even is considered for reinstatement – check out this article:
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,534352,00.html
    But wait- is subjecting the murderer/convicted felon/gambling ring leading/tax evading former star racist? Maybe because he’s black it is? Ugh. Idiot.

  28. n2DEEP says: Jul 23, 2009 11:53 AM

    What all you winers cant seem to understand is number 1 i love dogs too i have owned several but i do not and will not ever place a dogs life over a humans life.mike vick has severed his time he has a right to go back to work and support his family.A person that makes a mistake and goes to prison deserves another chance because if we dont give them the chance and they have to commit crimes to support themselves and their family,well guess what either one of us could be his next victim.People learn how live and let live.Mike killing dogs or whatever did not affect me in any way why should it be such a big deal whether or not he should play in the NFL or not.You haters love to hate and misery loves company.Worry about your own lives.He deserves a second chance because thats the rule.Eat Hamburger Peta

  29. olcap says: Jul 23, 2009 12:26 PM

    Apparently Dungy has become an Acting coach, teaching Vick how to convincingly feign remorse, contrition and honesty.

  30. TNCM333 says: Jul 23, 2009 1:24 PM

    RaidersSavior:
    Keep up the good work!
    Great posts on this subject!

  31. TNCM333 says: Jul 23, 2009 1:27 PM

    “What all you winers cant seem to understand is number 1 i love dogs too i have owned several but i do not and will not ever place a dogs life over a humans life…”
    Stupid.
    You don’t need to place humans below dogs to be sickened by what the man did to them.
    “I love dogs but whateryer going to do when someone tortures and kills then…shrug”
    Loser.

  32. RaidersSavior says: Jul 23, 2009 1:29 PM

    Sure…
    He can get a second chance. In fact, I’ll list a few great places he can find employment that will actually hire convicted felons:
    1 – Construction companies (obviously) – oh wait, that didn’t last long.
    2 – Grocery bagger at shop right – though, seeing packed meat might get him to salivate.
    3 – Greeter at Walmart – hopefully not mine, I’d punch him in the mouth
    4 – Sanitation department – he should feel right at home with all the trash around
    5 – Parks/Recreation Maintenance – again, picking up trash all day, something he should fit right in with.
    Bottom line – he doesn’t “DESERVE” anything with respect to the NFL. Does he deserve a second chance and a new start in life, sure, that’s what incarceration and our justice system supports and tries to implement. Does the man belong in a professional organization…
    Well, would you put OJ back on the field if he could play? The dude chopped up those poor people, then 10 years later shows how much of a felon he really is – thank god he’s locked away for good.
    Wait – bigdaddy – was that racist too? Moron.

  33. n2DEEP says: Jul 23, 2009 3:28 PM

    All i,m saying is that a pit bull might be smarter than TNCM333,but not the rest of us.As a matter of fact a pit bull is so dumb thats all their good for is fighting lol.

  34. playerhaterhater says: Jul 23, 2009 4:59 PM

    Michael Vick. The American Dream. In the immortal words of the Great American Don King: “God Bless America!”
    arent pit bulls considered evil? arent they along the same lines of snakeheads and the burmese pythons released into the florida everglades.
    lets be real. that was just a convenient excuse…
    &
    bigdaddydawg u raise some very legitimate issues…
    thecubsaintsh t!

  35. salvation356 says: Jul 23, 2009 9:39 PM

    Michael Vick. Let’s be real . Stop the madness. He has served the time he was given. No matter what the crime, he should be allowed to stay in his chosen profession. Doctors make mistakes and are guilty of negligence but are still allowed to ” practice ” medicine / surgery. Teachers fail to teach our kids that they can pass a state / federal test and they continue to work with our most precious commodity. Pastors are allowed to commit the very sins they preach about and allowed to continue to be an example in the pulpit of life. All crimes should be dealt with and the criminal serve the punishment given them by the one in authority to sentence. The public, the media, and feelings should not punish someone again. Did not the ” judge ” do his job according to the terms of the law ? In most profession there are provisions to reinstate and there is some form of accountability in place to allow the persons a second chance.Let the man play. His is still alive and have the right to work. Second chances, we all have experienced it. Mayors, Governors, Presidents, MD’S, Nurses,Politicians, Laborers, Foreign or United States born are all equal in the eyes of the law. You say no special treatment to excuse anyone but aren’t some requesting and even hoping that this man suffer more. The USA no longer force a person to remain in prison once time has been served. Why nust a person Black , White , Red, Yellow or Other be sentenced twice. GROW UP.

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