Howard Eskin of WIP radio, who used to hate PFT (we somehow coaxed him out of the line, or maybe he got out once he saw Paul Domowitch there), has an interesting perspective on the decision of Eagles quarterback Mike Vick to bail on Oprah, given that Eskin also serves as a sideline reporter on the Eagles’ game broadcasts and regularly interviews during his weekday show men like Vick and coach Andy Reid.
By way of background, FOX 29 in Philly (not a blog or a tweet) reported that “Vick postponed his Oprah Winfrey interview after the Philadelphia Eagles voiced objections.” The Eagles denied it, and a Vick spokesman said that the Eagles were supportive of the decision to go on the show, and of the decision to not go on the show.
Addressing the matter during a Friday guest-hosting stint on The Dan Patrick Show, Eskin claims that the Eagles didn’t tell Vick not to go on the show. “I can tell you for absolute and absolute certainty that Michael Vick didn’t go on and it was clearly his choice to not go on. Now, did the Eagles like this? No, they did not. Did the Eagles tell him not to do it? No, they didn’t tell him not to do it.”
And then, while explaining what happened, Eskin acknowledged that the Eagles basically told him not to do it.
Eskin said that Vick was “unsure” about appearing on the show, and that Vick had been persuaded to agree by others.
“[H]e had reservations,” Eskin said. “And he told some people at the Eagles — and it was not Andy Reid — that he had reservations. And I can understand that. You’re gonna go on there and you’re not gonna be sure of yourself. And people from the Eagles said, ‘Listen, if you have reservations, you can not go on with Oprah Winfrey. It’s still your call, your choice, you make a decision. But if you’re not sure of it, just tell them you can’t do it, and that’s basically what happened.”
So, basically, the Eagles didn’t want him to do it, but they didn’t tell him not to do it. And once he indicated that he had concerns about doing it, they told him not to do it.
In other words, they told him not to do it.
This is, in our view, the latest chapter in the mollification of Mike Vick. Eskin, who essentially works for the Eagles during the season, is helping (unwittingly or otherwise) the Eagles ensure that Vick believes that the decision was his and his alone, and that no one was insisting that he not do it.
Though it’s a far cry from the enabling and excuse-making that occurred in Atlanta, there’s definitely some tiptoeing going on here, and the ultimately goal is to keep Mike happy. Or, at a minimum, to keep him from becoming unhappy.
And how Eskin probably hates PFT again. But at least the Eagles didn’t tell him to.