After reading this blog post, you might think that I am being hard on the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell. These days, the Commish seems to be always in the line of my fire. His latest contribution for my target practice is the Mike Vick issue. The esteemed Commish has every right to meet with Mike Vick and determine whether or not to let him back into the No Fun League.
But his latest sound-bite from the owners meeting in my revered hometown is turning my stomach. Commissioner Roger Goodell, who suspended Vick indefinitely in August 2007, reiterated Wednesday he will review Vick's status after his criminal case is concluded. He has said Vick will have to persuade him and the public that he is genuinely sorry for his crime, has been changed by his experience and that he's committed to leading a different life.
Excuse me, Commissioner, as a member of the public at large, I thought Vick offered an apology of the sorts before he went to jail. I saw it for myself, and I was convinced that he seemed remorseful.
Commissioner Goodell said that Vick will have to meet with him and prove to him that he is reformed enough to play football and be reinstated, and that he, the Commish, will have to then make a judgment to reinstate the embattled star QB. Come on Commissioner Goodell, do you think you are to make further judgment on Mike Vick?
Don’t get me wrong, Vick is deserving of full punishment for breaking the law and for the cruelty which resulted to those poor helpless animals. But he has also served his time behind bars. While football might be the furthest from his mind, the commissioner should focus more on programs to help the players reform themselves as good standings citizens. Mike Vick should not be held as the poster boy for all the other players in the league who knowingly and unknowingly committed or harbored criminal intents.
Commissioner Goodell should choose his words carefully, as it does sound like he is standing way too high, judging all of the players and, in some way, the fans. The Commissioner might want to enlighten us as to the checklist he will bring to the Mike Vick meeting in his quest to render judgment on someone who has already served time for a crime.