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Michael Vick Cleared by NFL in Birthday Shooting

Michael Vick Cleared by NFL in Birthday Shooting

After last month’s shooting incident at a Virginia Beach nightclub, Michael Vick has been on a short leash. He wasn’t permitted to leave Pennsylvania while the NFL investigated his involvement in the incident, which led to him missing a number of out-of-state scheduled appearances.

Well, the leash has been relaxed. Today Vick was cleared to return to the NFL and join his Eagles’ teammates at training camp.

Last year, when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodall reinstated Vick into the NFL (National Football League), he told Vick: “Needless to say your margin of error is very limited.”

What measuring stick is Goodall using?

Still on probation, Vick is not allowed to associate with convicted felons. Yet he put himself in a situation where he knowingly did not have control over the people he was going to come into contact with.  How?  Because he was charging admission to his birthday bash. It was not just for family and friends. All that was needed to get into the party was a $50 cover fee.

Quanis Phillips, his cousin and co-defendant in his dog fighting case, was shot in the leg shortly after he had a confrontation with Vick at the June 25th party.  Vick didn’t do the shooting, but that is not the problem here. 

The Philadelphia Daily News reports that NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an email, “there is no change in his playing status.”  Vick will likely report to training camp, which begins today in Lehigh, Pennsylvania.  At camp, it is anticipated that Vick will — for the first time — answer questions from reporters about the shooting incident.

USA Today quotes former NFL coach Tony Dungy: “He’s made some mistakes that probably he won’t make again, hopefully,” Dungy said. “Just really not very good judgment and putting himself in a position where you’re inviting the public to pay money and come to a birthday party. The unknown people, alcohol and potential for weapons at such a party are a “recipe for failure.”

We all make mistakes from time to time and exercise poor judgment.  The question to ask is if Vick is actually being held to that higher standard Goodall spoke of. And how many more chances is he going to get?

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Bella the dog takes a bite out of Vick.  Photo from Flickr: Jason Bacon

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10:43AM PDT on Sep 10, 2010

we can't give so many chances to someone just because they are rich and famous. one or two or even three is ok. but not anymore.

1:06PM PDT on Aug 9, 2010

Johnine C. wrote:
Granted, it is not a high majority but I can tell you this for a fact.....most(NOT ALL) of the players with the "suddenly rich & famous" attitude are not all white & handle success more appropiately! I am so tired of all of these young guys who do not know the first thing about speaking correct English,making a huge salary & wearing it all around their necks, buying homes so lavishly decorated, & reciting designer labels from their food to the jeans covering their fannys!! They do not want to be stereotyped but they are because it's what they do!!! LOOK, WE GET IT!! YOU HAVE MADE IT!(or so u think u have!) Having reached some form of financial gratification does not take you out of the low-life, low class place you came from unless you have compassion & brains!!

AMEN-AMEN-AMEN A thousand times over!!!!!!

The only two black football players I can think of who are truly intelligent & very well spoken are Franco Harris & Lynn Swann.

These two me apparently realized or were taught their bodies were not going to be young forever. So, both developed interests that would take them far from the mindset of those they played with who will never get it.......And guess who got all too late: O.J.!!

Where is O.J. now?.............O.J. was a smart ass show off with no intellectual capacty in his head.

Plant & protect trees for life......................

12:41PM PDT on Aug 9, 2010

Soccer is what you meant to say Teresa, as Europe does not have the sport of FOOTBALL as we do & so IT IS NOT THE SAME!! HAVE YOU WATCHED AMERICAN FOOTBALL & THE INTENSE PHYSICALITY?????BODY CONTACT & ROUGH-HOUSING IS NOT INVOLVED TO THIS HEIGHT IN MANY OTHER SPORTS!! No, Teresa, I am sorry but it is of a totally different mindset than EUROPEAN SOCCER!! Peyton Manning & his brother Eli Manning were very intelligent young men whose grades were at the top of their graduate class in college!Some are intellectuals that excell in sports! Granted, it is not a high majority but I can tell you this for a fact.....most(NOT ALL) of the players with the "suddenly rich & famous" attitude are not all white & handle success more appropiately! I am so tired of all of these young guys who do not know the first thing about speaking correct English,making a huge salary & wearing it all around their necks, buying homes so lavishly decorated, & reciting designer labels from their food to the jeans covering their fannys!! They do not want to be stereotyped but they are because it's what they do!!! LOOK, WE GET IT!! YOU HAVE MADE IT!(or so u think u have!) Having reached some form of financial gratification does not take you out of the low-life, low class place you came from unless you have compassion & brains!! NOT JUST STREET-SMARTS! Success to the Steven Spielbergs & Oprah Winfreys, of the world is not flamboyant, outlandish, greedy behavior! When all t

7:15PM PDT on Aug 6, 2010

Meant of course should have BEEN kicked out...

7:13PM PDT on Aug 6, 2010

Vick sholud have kicked out for good the first time around, I have absolutely no symphaty or understanding for any animal abusers, no matter what they do for a living!

4:25AM PDT on Aug 5, 2010

Theresa W. Please read below:
Bette M. says
Aug 3, 2010 11:15 AM
Lynn D.
Make that illiterate thug(s). Most these players never lose that "my own rules" mentality they were brought up with.

The only two football players worth their salt is Franco Harris & Lynn Swann.........Both are truly good men!!

People like you just love to stir the pot of racialism.......Here, go read "Negrophilia" by Erik Rush, then come back & call me or anyone else racist!!!!!!!!!

Plant & protect trees for life................

7:10PM PDT on Aug 4, 2010

Frankly, I don't think the guy has changed or is repentant. He should have been left in Leavenworth Federal Pen to rot. He's done enough harm.

12:19PM PDT on Aug 4, 2010

Teresa Wlosowicz says
Aug 4, 2010 11:47 AM
Betty, don't be a racist! European footballers are white and many of them are also stupid. If you're an intellectual, you don't become a footballer, do you?

Teresa......Keep the "R" word to yourself. We are talking about American football players who are across the board black. And a football players career is a very short one compared to other professions. So, these blacks had better learn to read & write so they can retire knowing something something other than day dreaming of their past football touchdowns!!

Race has nothing to do with all this. They are all black & I can't very well call them pink! Blacks as a rule want to be referred to as African American!! I call myself American!! Blacks make it racial by this very fact.........Call me African American. Blacks want their color noted & remembered! How on earth could I forget they are black unless they are black & as white as Mariah Carey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good heavens gimme a break!!!!!!!

Anyway, the race thing never came out in the whole sordid mess with Vick. Did it? But, we all saw it was nothing but blacks involved except Vicks high powered very well paid lawyers. And those lawyers were trained & educated to think......

.Vick NEVER was!!!!!!

Plant & protect trees for life................

11:49AM PDT on Aug 4, 2010

I like this photo very much!

11:47AM PDT on Aug 4, 2010

Betty, don't be a racist! European footballers are white and many of them are also stupid. If you're an intellectual, you don't become a footballer, do you?

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