Vick, Goodell meeting not happening this week?

Despite an ESPN report that free-agent quarterback Mike Vick and Commissioner Roger Goodell could meet on Thursday or Friday of this week, we’re hearing rumblings that such a meeting might not happen yet, after all.

But we haven’t been able to confirm that possibility, and the participants aren’t talking.

So either Vick and Goodell will meet this week, or they won’t.  (If that doesn’t get us a damn Pulitzer, nothing will.)

Meanwhile, a recent report from ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio meshes with our pontifications regarding the connection between the Vick/Goodell sit-down and Vick’s potential conditional reinstatement.

Paolantonio reported Wednesday night that reinstatement isn’t automatic, and that the meeting will “determine everything.”  Per Paolantonio, Vick must provide a convincing apology to Goodell for lying to his face in 2007, and Vick also must demonstrate true remorse for his crimes.

As we’ve said multiple times, we think Goodell ultimately must believe that he can trust Vick to stay out of trouble.  The key ingredients in that reinstatement strew are, in our view, equal parts remorse, contrition, and truth.

So why must Goodell be able to think he can trust Vick?  Even if Goodell puts Vick on an if-you-do-so-much-as-get-a-parking-ticket-you’re-done-for-life last chance, Goodell will still look bad if Vick does something to require further punishment, since those who think he should have to serve a longer suspension will line up to shout, “I told you so.”

And we doubt at that point that many of the folks clamoring for Vick’s second chance would accept partial responsibility for the hindsight blunder that would be forever attached to Goodell’s legacy.

19 responses to “Vick, Goodell meeting not happening this week?

  1. Oh joy… another Mike Vick story.
    Loser bloggers need to find something else to write about…

  2. Mort getting something wrong??? no way.
    Mike Shanahan is the Chiefs head coach
    Chad Johnson sat out 2008
    Mike Vick was unlikely to be indicted
    and about 10 other significant stories he’s been 100% wrong in reporting.

  3. Reports out there that Vick already hit the strip clubs with Iverson…
    The Commish is probably postponing the meeting just to give Vick more time to dig his own grave.

  4. “Let the man play”
    “It’s just dogs”
    “PitBulls are worthless”
    “It’s culture”
    “The man deserves a second chance”
    “Let the man work”
    “Stop the hatin”
    I hope i covered all the doucebag Vick apologists eventual responses….

  5. “As we’ve said multiple times, we think Goodell ultimately must believe that he can trust Vick to stay out of trouble. ”
    You should know that before I switched him off for vociferously defending ESPN’s handling of Roethlisberger, Colin Cowturd was reporting that Mike Vick spent his first night as a free man strip clubbing it up. It might be worth looking into as evidence of his ability to ‘stay out of trouble’.

  6. Display Name says:
    July 23, 2009 11:42 AM
    Oh joy… another Mike Vick story.
    Loser bloggers need to find something else to write about…
    ************
    Hey “Display Name” – we get it. You don’t like Florio. Why do you bother to read and put the same comment on every post?
    Who are you? Mortenson? Berman?

  7. Vick has to be honest thats for sure if he wants to get back he has to admit to lying but does he have to CRY to show him or sound soft what wil determine remorse?????
    I know the dude wont walk in there saying…”I AINT SAYING NOTHIN JIVE TURKEY” LOL so he will admit say he lied tell him why he lied which is “i didnt want to come clean I didnt want to be embarrassed I tried to hide it and that was wrong…..IE HE SAYS THIS IS THIS ACCEPTABLE????? We’ll see……

  8. “EskinSux says:
    July 23, 2009 12:03 PM
    “Let the man play”
    “It’s just dogs”
    “PitBulls are worthless”
    “It’s culture”
    “The man deserves a second chance”
    “Let the man work”
    “Stop the hatin”
    I hope i covered all the doucebag Vick apologists eventual responses….

    I’m not a Vick apologist, but if you want him to never play football, then I say be consistent and do that with ALL players who were convicted or pled guilty to breaking the law.
    *cough* Burress, Stallworth, etc……
    If you allow ex-cons to continue to play in the NFL then you have no reason not to allow Vick.
    This is the only country where you are in worse shape if you kill an animal than say run over and kill another human being.

  9. That’s good news for Mike. Any meeting this week would interfere with valuable strip club time.

  10. Just let vick play, he has had much more punishment then Stalworth, and vick didnt even kill a man.

  11. You mean the Commich has more on his plate right now than “rushing” to meet with Mike Vick?
    What could be more important to the health of the NFL than getting Vick back out there on the field?
    Am I missing something? Nope, and neither is the NFL with Vick standing on the outside looking in.

  12. What part of him running an interstate gambling operation gets him a pass back into the NFL? Should be banned for life. No telling if he still owes debts to someone that bankruptcy won’t take care of.

  13. zygi milf says:
    July 23, 2009 12:05 PM
    Display Name says:
    July 23, 2009 11:42 AM
    Oh joy… another Mike Vick story.
    Loser bloggers need to find something else to write about…
    ************
    Hey “Display Name” – we get it. You don’t like Florio. Why do you bother to read and put the same comment on every post?
    Who are you? Mortenson? Berman?
    ================================
    To piss off moron sack suckers that love his jock… seen a mirror lately?

  14. Amen, zygi. At least make an attempt to add something constructive to the conversation every now and then. While you can’t fault Florio for his move to the big time, more and more I find myself missing the comment section of the old site.
    As far as Vick goes, if Goodell even sniffs anything in his attempt that sounds like it’s been scripted, dude is in trouble. And if the rumor above has any legs, Vick can just about kiss his return to the league goodbye.

  15. The problem with giving him a “no-exceptions” last chance is that inevitably something minor will come up like a speeding ticket.
    Then the commish is forced with the decision to look like an ass for throwing him out over a traffic violation or look like an ass for breaking his word. Either way, the commish gets the criticism.
    Either give him full inclusion without stipulations or just say thanks, but no thanks.

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