NFL conditionally reinstates Vick

NFL_vick_250.jpgAs reported by ESPN last week, the NFL has announced that quarterback Mike Vick has been conditionally reinstated.

The league announced the conditional reinstatement today.

Per the release, he is eligible to participate “without delay” in training camp, and he may play in the final two preseason games played by the team with which he signs.

And he won’t be suspended to start the season in the traditional sense.  Instead, he will be permitted to participate in all team activities other than games.

Vick then will be eligible for full reinstatement by Week Six. 

So, as a practical matter, it’s a five-game suspension.  (Depending on the bye week schedule of the team that signs him, Vick could miss only four games.)

The league also announced that former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy has agreed to work as an adviser and mentor to Vick.

It’s great news for Vick.  Hopefully, he realizes that he has gotten a good deal here.

Hopefully, those inclined to complain about the outcome will realize it, too.

Yes, Terrell, we’re looking at you.

80 responses to “NFL conditionally reinstates Vick

  1. Florio I have hit F5 like you said, numerous times, and nothing has been posted…you LIED…Is that the lawyer in you???

  2. yaaaay i can wear the jersey again…atleast until he joins the pats, jets, or bills :/

  3. As a dog lover, I’m outraged that the National Felony League reinstated Ron Mexico.
    The National Felony League is an enabler of TURDS.
    They should rename the league, the “National Felony League of TURDS”…

  4. Uh Oh, Brett better make up his mind quick or he’s going to lose out on some publicity this week with the “where is Vick going” news that will surely be the talk of August.

  5. “It’s great news for Vick. Hopefully, he realizes that he has gotten a good deal hear .”
    Maybe Dungy can act as an English advisor, Florio!

  6. I dont imagine the Browns will sign him? It might be bad for the NFL if Vick called the Dawg Pound his home, just sayin’

  7. “It’s great news for Vick. Hopefully, he realizes that he has gotten a good deal hear.”
    ————————————-
    That’s the weigh I here it. He canned come plane a bout this out come.

  8. thats it? your goin to slap him on the wrist like that? thats it? seriously? with all the other poeple out in the nation that deserve a second shot …. you pick vick? not a good example your setting

  9. Typo on the hear.
    It’s great news for Vick. Hopefully, he realizes that he has gotten a good deal hear. HERE

  10. Goodell really dropped the ball. As long as you serve less than 19 months of prison time, you’re capped to a 5-game suspension.
    I may have watched my last snap of NFL football. EVER.

  11. Right, because T.O. is the ONLY person who complained about it.
    It’s been a long time since I’ve said this, but you are such a douche, Florio.

  12. I was hoping you’d say the conditions were that he be starved before games, and if he played poorly, he’d have his head slammed on the pavement, have his testicles electrocuted, be drown or hung.
    Bummer he got off light. I would have thought the gambling charges plus his pattern of being a shit head would have been the end of him.

  13. Good call Goodell. Let the man show us all that he belongs back in the NFL. No reason to delay the man’s career after he paid his debt to societly.

  14. ya but i dont like the 5 game suspension….no one is going to look at him as a starting qb.. by week 6 you want ur team to have chemistry in games and practice.. he should go to ufl if he signs by aug 1st he can still play in the nfl this season…at the same time he should make a private comitment to an nfl team and get the playbook and study it…(i kno its illegal but hey its the nfl) then by week 6 he can jump ship if he should chose….the catchy thing is would he be reinstated if he played for another league??? little help here florio…if vick opted to play for the ufl and stayed out of trouble would the commish reinstate vick, week 6 even tho hes not in the nfl??

  15. I hope someone signs him, he needs to be in a city like Green Bay basically its just dark beer and football.

  16. wow Goodell finally did SOMETHING!!! Now fix the CBA so we don’t get a walk out YOU IDIOT!!!

  17. “Hopefully, he realizes that he has gotten a good deal hear”
    When it comes to those tricky homophones, here’s a little trick to help you remember, Mike:
    You HEAR with your EAR.
    But when you’re not THERE, you’re HERE.
    Now, as for that scumbag Vick and his mentor Tony Sanctimony:
    I guess I’ll have ANOTHER team to hate now (unless he goes to, say, the Queens, then my hate will reach new, exponentially profound levels).
    Advice to fans of that team:
    get your umbrellas out for the upcoming sh1tstorm.
    Then, for the rest of us, it’s just a matter of sitting back and watching the crash-and-burn fireworks that will follow.
    Way to uphold the “integrity” of the shield, Roger “El God” Goodell.

  18. “Hopefully, he realizes that he has gotten a good deal hear.”
    Nice grammar…come on…..be a proffesional!

  19. Not unexpected but still disappointing.
    This is one of the greatest gift horses I’ve seen in my lifetime.
    Watch this turd completely screw it up.

  20. Good, all Vick has to do now is work hard, and try and get himself back into the good standings with the fans, players, etc.

  21. I could “conditionally” be a proofreader for you, Mike (the condition being that you pay me). I’m sure you’ll realize that you’re getting a really good deal “hear”.
    Call me, Mike!

  22. And the PFT T.O. obsession continues. I’m surprised you didn’t find a way to somehow Owens into the Plaxico Burress post.

  23. Great! Now we can tell our kids that its ok to live this lifestyle if you have an athletic talent. Screw this Scumbag and I have a feeling that Goodell gave in to some quiet pressure from the NAACP and some other race baiters. I will officially boycot the my team, the Cowboys should they sign him or even consider him and I hope that others will do the same

  24. Now, can we get on with camp without more concern for a lame-ass, lowlife could’ve been?
    Sheesh!
    Dungy has lost it.

  25. “Hopefully, he realizes that he has gotten a good deal hear.”
    Yes, I hear…but I think you meant ‘here.’
    In lue of an editor, Microsoft Word has this really cool spelling and grammar feature – maybe posts should be typed in in there first…..

  26. “Hopefully, he realizes that he has gotten a good deal hear.”
    ***************************************************************
    Wow, you write for a living and don’t know the difference between “here” and “hear”
    Bravo

  27. OK, some other second rate QB is stealing my spotlight. This afternoon I’m gonna announce that I am reunretiring and playing for the Vikings. Everyone look at me!!! Not Vick! Pay attention to ME!!!

  28. Any chance he will end up in Pissburgh?
    That way they can have a rapist, they can have con-Vick, they can have the NFL’s dirtiest player (Ward), and the NFL’s second dirtiest player (Harrison).
    Side note, if Rapistburger was the second string QB, he would have already been cut.

  29. Finally… the man has paid his debt to society, let him earn a living.
    Florio- Hear is what you do with your ears; Here is a place.

  30. “Hopefully, he realizes that he has gotten a good deal hear”
    I believe that would be “here” Florio. Maybe during Vick’s 5 week suspension he could fill in as your editor.

  31. I think a better punishment would be for him to have to run the 40 yard dash on fire. Then, full reinstatement.
    You could even look at it as a way to show he’s still got his speed.

  32. Shocking decision by Goodell, other players got longer suspensions without even being convicted!
    Of course woe betide any team that signs Vick – he’s way over rated.

  33. Oh goodie Another Vick item back to back.
    So we can all post the same comments back to back. Maybe some of us will be smart enough to just cut and paste the same thing in each section

  34. That’s seems like a really light sentence for someone who repeatedly brought the league into disrepute.
    I realise that Vick has served his time and paid his court-ordered debt to society but the punishment imposed by the league, which to my mind should be separate from that imposed by the justice system, seems minuscule in comparison to the crimes he committed and pain he created.

  35. More than a fair deal.
    While what he did was atrocious, I do believe that 2 yrs in the slammer (and $100+M lost) can change a man. BUT he has to prove it.
    A few weeks “suspension” isn’t really that bad anyway – it will take him at least that long to get into football shape.

  36. Its day I’ve been waiting for. I always knew it was gonna happen despite all the haters out there. The most entertaining player to ever play the game is back. Thank god. I finally have good black QB to root for again. Hope the Bucs jump on him quick.

  37. As a condition of his reinstatement, Goodell got 5 good minutes with Vick in one of his rape stands…

  38. Florio, give it a rest. What is your obsession with T.O.? Are you unable to refrain from using every opportunity to criticize him? Are you trying to conceal your love for T.O.?

  39. I read that statement differently. To say he is eligible to return BY week six implies to me that week six is the latest he would be eligible to return. Is that not the common usage of the term “by?”

  40. 4/5 games for a dog murderer, gambler, liar, convicted felon and 19-month jailbird.
    Just cut Marshawn loose right now.

  41. The NFL kisses his ass while Dungy sucks his dick.
    What a joke.
    If only his dogs were given such considerations.

  42. Guess it’s a good thing he wasn’t a Bengal accused of a DUI or he might have gotten a full year. This is total BS that they would let him back in so quickly, guess it pays to brake major laws instead of just write-up ticket laws. This is a major f***k-up by the powers that be, period !!!!

  43. I will not watch any NFL game in which Michael Vick is on the field.
    This is a disgrace to human kind.

  44. vbeach31 says:
    July 27, 2009 4:00 PM
    WELCOME BACK MIKE….Let your ability shut the haters up
    ——————————
    His ability? His ability to do what? Utterly ignore his wide receivers? Drop back for three seconds and then take off running? He’s terrible. Unless he shared a cell with Rae Carruth and got some practice in, he’ll be even more inaccurate than he was 2 years ago.

  45. southernboi727 says:
    July 27, 2009 4:10 PM
    Its day I’ve been waiting for. I always knew it was gonna happen despite all the haters out there. The most entertaining player to ever play the game is back. Thank god. I finally have good black QB to root for again. Hope the Bucs jump on him quick.
    ——————————–
    Just in case you didn’t know, here’s the definition of the word “good”:
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/good

  46. @patjunky54……(i kno its illegal but hey its the nfl)…spoken like a true fan of the Cheatriots!

  47. GM: Hey boss, I wanted to talk to you about this player who is coming off suspension. Here’s a little fact sheet I put together. (hands sheet to owner)
    Owner: Hmm…..led his team to a couple of NFC title games I see.
    GM: Yeah, great athlete, tremendously skilled.
    Owner: I see here he did some prison time. What’s that all about?
    GM: Yeah……well it seems he liked to do a little dog fighting.
    Owner: So he had a dog and he would set up fights with other guys dogs?
    GM: Well it was a little more involved than that.
    Owner: How so?
    GM: Well, he kind of set up a whole operation, if you want to call it that. He bought some land, built a house, build a bunch of out buildings to house and train a whole of bunch of dogs, hired some friends to run it, actually named it and everything . “Bad Newz Kennels” he called it. But it was kind of funny because he spelled news with a “z” at the end instead of an “s”.
    Owner: Catchy. Illegal though, right?
    GM: Apparently. Hence the whole jail thing.
    Owner: So you could say he was head of a pretty substantial criminal organization, kinda like Tony Soprano, right?
    GM: Well the shit really hit the fan when some of the details about what went on there got out. Turns out, when a dog didn’t turn out to be such a great fighter they would “dispose” of them in some not so nice ways. You know, swinging the dogs by their tails and smashing their heads into large rocks, holding their heads in buckets of water to drown them, hanging them from trees and beating them to death, nasty stuff.
    Owner: Yikes. Anything else?
    GM: Umm….well apparently when there were no dogs to torture or dog fights to go to, they would amuse themselves by putting untrained house pets in with the fight dogs and watching them get torn apart.
    Owner: Well I gotta wrap this up. Playing golf this afternoon. To summarize, you want me to consider signing a player that set up a dog fighting operation, oversaw and participated in the torture and murder of defenseless animals, and then perjured himself initially before finally admitting it?
    GM: Jeez, when you say it like it sounds terrible.
    Owner: Anything else?
    GM: Well it’s possible he may have embezzled some money from one of his companies. But that hasn’t been proven, and you know what they say.
    Owner: I think I am going to have to pass on this one, Tom.
    GM: (sounding disappointed) Well, you’re the boss.
    Owner: One other thing, Tom. For even suggesting I hire that sick, twisted animal to be the face of my franchise, you can clean out your office and get the hell out of my building.

  48. Tony Dungy says the NFL should do something uncommon by banning all felons from the league. This alleviates the grey areas created by having to compare the despicableness of each criminal. Furthermore, the 4 month to a year suspensions can be given to those who are convicted of misdemeanors, or embarrass the NFL in other ways. By doing these things, the next CBA agreement would do something uncommon – get rid of the scum.

  49. Tony Dungy says the NFL should do something uncommon by banning all felons from the league. This alleviates the grey areas created by having to compare the despicableness of each criminal. Furthermore, the 4 month to a year suspensions can be given to those who are convicted of misdemeanors, or embarrass the NFL in other ways. By doing these things, the next CBA agreement would do something uncommon – get rid of the scum.

  50. The ignorance of some of these comments astounds me.
    Those of you that feel like you’re on some righteous endeavor in boycotting of the NFL, or games that Vick plays in had no problem watching games that Leonard Little played in. Did you? His actions resulted in the loss of human life. Vick’s in the loss of canine lives. There is a difference, and this is coming from an owner of three dogs. I love them all, but I don’t place a dog’s life above a human’s. Period. Stop being so damned judgmental.

  51. “greyhairedbandit says:
    July 27, 2009 6:14 PM
    The ignorance of some of these comments astounds me.
    Those of you that feel like you’re on some righteous endeavor in boycotting of the NFL, or games that Vick plays in had no problem watching games that Leonard Little played in. Did you? His actions resulted in the loss of human life. Vick’s in the loss of canine lives. There is a difference, and this is coming from an owner of three dogs. I love them all, but I don’t place a dog’s life above a human’s. Period. Stop being so damned judgmental.”
    There is a difference….Leonard Little’s actions were stupid, but inintentional, and also something thousands of people do every day without the worst of consequences occurring. Thus, the definition of “He made a mistake” (not so much the second time, but still).
    Vick’s actions were intentional, malicious, and repeated over and over and over again. So that’s not an instance of “he made a mistake” it’s “he made a bad decision, and then did it again because he got away with it….and did it again because he got away with it….and again and again and again.”

  52. TFBuckFutter says: July 27, 2009 6:36 PM
    There is a difference….Leonard Little’s actions were stupid, but inintentional, and also something thousands of people do every day without the worst of consequences occurring. Thus, the definition of “He made a mistake” (not so much the second time, but still).
    Vick’s actions were intentional, malicious, and repeated over and over and over again. So that’s not an instance of “he made a mistake” it’s “he made a bad decision, and then did it again because he got away with it….and did it again because he got away with it….and again and again and again.”
    Driving while intoxicated with a BAC of 0.19 is the definition of ‘He made a mistake’? It’s an irresponsible choice, and unfortunately one that ended with the death of another. Far from unintentional. I’ll concede that Vick’s actions were malicious in nature, when compared to Little’s. But if you actually believe that Little never operated a vehicle while under the influence prior to that, you’re terribly naive. They both fall under the category of “he made a bad decision, and then did it again because he got away with it….and did it again because he got away with it….and again and again and again” in my opinion.
    Vick’s lost two years of his career, in his prime. He’s lost vast sums of cash as a result of this. He’s lost his freedom for a significant amount of time too. He’s paid his dues and then some in my opinion, and deserves a second chance.

  53. I am very interested to hear how you explain this to Florio Jr as I am having trouble figuring out what to tell my own son. Any help would be appreciated.

  54. greyhairedbandit, I’m not condoning DUI, don’t get me wrong. And yes, I’m sure Leonard got away with it many times. My point is that the result of his actions were unintentional. It was risky behavior. Death is a low risk result of drunken driving (I know that sounds awful, and I don’t mean it the way it can be perceived….I’m saying of the amount of instances of drunken driving in general, the actual loss of life is a small percentage of that….), and Leonard Little, on that night, got “lucky”. He was also suspended by the NFL for eight games. Had his jail sentence run during the season, I like to think it woud have been an ADDITIONAL eight games.
    That’s the problem I have with the Vick case. His actions were intentional, and malicious, and the games he missed he would have had to miss anyway because he was dealing with the legal issues, and sitting in jail. He hasn’t served an actual suspension. A suspension occurs when someone is capable of playing, but is prevented from doing so by their superiors. If a guy has a 4 game suspension hanging over his head, but he’s an unsigned free agent, they don’t just say he can wait until week 5 to sign and play….his suspension runs once he is capable of playing.

  55. greyhairedbandit I like dogs more than I like most people. With that said, I was pissed about Little.

  56. Ok the douchebag can play again, but for all you morons that think he is a great QB take a look at his #’s he is a second stringer at best.
    Comp % 54 Passer Rating 75 YdsPerGm 155
    Yep all the GM’s should be grateful that the Great RB Mike Vick is Back

  57. mrfield16 said:
    “”Hopefully, he realizes that he has gotten a good deal hear.”
    Nice grammar…come on…..be a proffesional!”
    Well, first of all, you misspelled “professional”. Second of all, the error you cited is not a grammatical error. It’s a spelling error.
    In other words, shut up.

  58. I hope he will retire like farve, then everything will come to an end. The construction work isn’t bad, anyways. That’s he really deserves this.

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