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.