Published: July 27th, 2009 | Tags:
As we all know by now, the playing status of Mike Vick rests with Commissioner Roger Goodell, and I continue to hear that people inside the league office are bracing for a decision this week, possibly by midweek. Things can change in an instant as Commissioner Goodell weighs his options of whether or not to reinstate Vick. Speaking to some team execs recently, they figure the quarterback will get the chance to play at some point in 2009, but several coaches and execs wonder if the fact that Vick lied to the commissioner during their meeting when the dog fighting allegations first came up will result in him getting a few more games tacked on.
Last night a group of NFL stars were tweeting back and forth about the situation, coming down in favor of the former Pro Bowler being allowed back into the league asap. Not shocking, but I found the back-and-forth interesting, Terrell Owens made some headlines for campaigning for Vick when speaking to the media yesterday at Buffalo’s camp, and Shawne Merriman, Darnell Dockett, Larry Fitzgerald and Steven Jackson were tweeting with him about it last night. (I still sometimes feel weird reading Tweets, as if it’s a private conversation, but then realize that it’s a public forum with millions of eyes possibily reading).
Anywho, here’s what some of the NFL stars were tweeting Sunday about Vick:
T.O.: Who’s w/me on the Vick situation? All n favor, lemme get a tweet 2 support Mike Vick! He did the time 4 the crime! Let the guy play!!
Steven Jackson: Playing is a priviledge..But who has not sin? Who can I say I haven’t made a mistake? Don’t forget this will follow him the rest of his life … if serving time 4 the crime is not enough then what is? … Don’t agree with 4 games, 23 months is enough.
Darnell Dockett: he did time and lost his shoe deal, and paid fines. Dear Commissioner please reinstate mike vick. PLEASE … i agree with you and T.O. vick should be reinstated w/o a suspension. goodell needs to give him a chance
Shawne Merriman (to TO): i been posting what you said all day
Larry Fitzgerald: im in support of mike vick too man.I wanna c him back in action being the human highlight film he is.Im with ya bro
My personal opinion is the guy deserves an opportunity to get a second chance and the right to attempt to resume his career. After that, it”s entirely up to him to preserve that right through his words and deeds, and, like several of the coaches and execs I have chatted with, I find it hard to imagine that Vick is not a very humble and contrite athlete right now given all that he has endured (and thrust upon himself).