The NFL is denying an ESPN report that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has decided to grant conditional reinstatement to suspended quarterback Michael Vick next week, and that the former Atlanta Falcons star will then be suspended for the first four games of the regular season.
According to league spokesman Greg Aiello, that’s not the case. At least not yet in the wake of Goodell’s meeting with Vick on Wednesday afternoon.
Writing on his Twitter account tonight, Aiello wrote, “Despite what ESPN says, commish has made no decisions on MVick.”
Depending on how you interpret Aiello’s response and ESPN’s report, both could be right.
What if Goodell has given indications that he’s leaning toward ruling that way and hasn’t made any concrete commitments?
Or, it could simply be a case of the league being unwilling to acknowledge the pending action until it’s officially processed and announced.
Either way, we thought it was interesting enough to pass along.
By the way, veteran NFL reporter Dave Goldberg of the Associated Press followed up Aiello’s Tweet with one of his own that affirmed Aiello’s take: “I’ve heard same elsewhere.”