Vick may get four-game suspension (and some bad pub)

The last time Vick was on a football field in 2006, he finished the game on the bench with an ankle injury at Philadelphia.

The last time Michael Vick was on a football field in 2006, he finished the game on the bench with an ankle injury at Philadelphia. (AP photo)

Michael Vick may finally be getting some clarity about his NFL future. Now all we need is some clarity about Michael Vick.

Vick is free to sign with an NFL team but may be suspended by commissioner Roger Goodell for the first four games of the season, ESPN is reporting. (UPDATE:NFL spokesman Greg Aiello is denying the report, sort of, writing on his Twitter account: “Despite what ESPN says, commish has made no decisions on MVick.”)

Vick has been on indefinite suspension since Aug. 24, 2007, following an indictment for dog-fighting and related charges that led to an eventual guilty plea.  Goodell reportedly is going to opt for a conditional reinstatement that would allow him to sign with a team, even with the impending suspension. He is holding off on the announcement, waiting to see if Vick commits further transgressions, according to ESPN.

Maybe that’s not a bad idea.

I wrote the other day that I felt the commissioner needed to move on with reinstating the former Falcon so that the rest of us can move on with this issue. The longer the issue dragged out, the longer the healing process would be.

But then came a report Thursday on the website The Big Lead that Vick visited a strip club in Virginia Beach shortly after his home confinement ended and his ankle bracelet was removed. Vick, who denies the report, remains on probation. Certainly, visiting a strip club is not a parole violation. But it would show unparalleled stupidity on Vick’s part, given his No. 1 objective right now should be straightening out his life and improving his public image.

However, Vick’s camp is denying the strip club report. Allen Iverson, who was reported to have gone to the strip club with Vick, also shot down the story and said he hasn’t even seen Vick since his release.

NFL training camps begin next week. No team has yet publicly expressed interest in signing Vick. Several teams have said they won’t. That’s not surprising. While coaches and general managers are intrigued by Vick’s talents, they’re cognizant there will be an initial strong public relations backlash if they sign him. Even if the strip club report proves false, the fact such a story spread so quickly and dramatically illustrates the circus atmosphere that still surrounds the former Pro Bowler.

Vick and Goodell reportedly met for three hours Wednesday at Buckley Peterson Global, Inc., a security firm, in Allendale, N.J. But league officials would not confirm that or any details of Vick’s status.

The timing of Vick’s release, just before camps open, works against him. Camp rosters and quarterback depth charts are fairly set.  Vick wouldn’t have time to absorb a new playbook for the upcoming season.

But many believe he could still contribute in a limited role. At least, starting in game five.

152 comments Add your comment

jackie

July 23rd, 2009
8:25 pm

That man has served enough time !!!!!

D.Ellis

July 23rd, 2009
8:30 pm

I wonder if Wisconsin newspapers still write about Brett Farve as much as Atlanta papers still write about Mike Vick. A little old and tiresome in my humble opinion….oh yeah GO DAWGS!!!!

Larry

July 23rd, 2009
8:36 pm

After killing dumb animals that won’t kill another in a fight to the death, testing positive for marijuana while awaiting sentencing and knowing he would be tested, and trying to sneak a water bottle through airport security, if Vick did visit a strip joint before meeting with Goddell he just could qualify as the single most stupid person on the planet!

Even if the strip club visit didn’t occur, he is already a finalist. And people still wonder why Vick hadn’t a clue where his receivers were on the field?

not a fan

July 23rd, 2009
8:45 pm

Larry you are dumb

"Chef" Tim Dix

July 23rd, 2009
8:47 pm

Can you just imagine the skanks that inhabit a strip club in Virginia Beach?

Becky

July 23rd, 2009
8:48 pm

He has served his time, which he did not deserve, people have been treated worse than those dogs, and probably by you and some of your family members, do you know our history? i wish him many blessings

"Chef" Tim Dix

July 23rd, 2009
8:52 pm

So is skank a banned blog word or is it just when it involves MV7?

Beautiful Monte

July 23rd, 2009
8:52 pm

Will Vick be required to wear an ankle bracelet during games?

Diddly Squat

July 23rd, 2009
8:53 pm

If the league would let Ray Lewis continue his career after what he was involved in here in Atlanta, there’s no reason Vick should not be reinstated.

"Chef" Tim Dix

July 23rd, 2009
8:54 pm

Becky, while you’re doling out the blessings, sling one my way.

bx barry

July 23rd, 2009
9:08 pm

vick is a scum bag

NY Frenchy

July 23rd, 2009
9:11 pm

For those of you who think Mr. Sick I mean Vick has paid his debt, how bout he comes over to your crib & drowns your beloved family dog in your tub????? Yeah he’s a good dude, reinstate him, he will get into trouble again & get booted for life, its in his genes, thats just the way he rolls, right Dawg????? Thanks MV7, we love Matty Ice a whole lot better, no more VA. Tech playas please, Coach Smitty & Ryan are the BOMB!

ugaaccountant

July 23rd, 2009
9:11 pm

Mike

July 23rd, 2009
9:14 pm

So does this mean that all that negative ranting and raving this morning by those peons at 790 will stop. I thought I was going to call the Atlanta Humane Society because they sounded as if they were foaming at the mouth at callers who had a different opinion. Now we find out it was a lie. Lets see what they come up with tommorrow.

Michael

July 23rd, 2009
9:20 pm

Is Michael Vick really the “worst” human being in the league? Has he perpetrated the worst crime? No and no, so I don’t get ANOTHER four games. I’m pretty sure men have beaten their wives and gotten off with probation and running the stadium steps. I’m a huge animal lover and sick about what Vick did, but holy Jesus.

Q-Dogg

July 23rd, 2009
9:25 pm

He is my cousin and I know for a fact he wasnt at a strip club he was at my place. He did his time for something that was wrong. Let the man have his peace!

Dog Lover

July 23rd, 2009
9:30 pm

Becky- Do you know the history of pit-bulls? No human or animal deserves to be treated poorly, but don’t justify what he did. Even being a pit-bull owner I can agree that he did his time and we all need to move on but do not condone his actions for any reason!

a mother's love

July 23rd, 2009
9:39 pm

Larry, you are a sick animal who needs prayer. I hope that God can forgive you for your hatred. You need prayer, because you cannot let go of the old. Please pray each day that you and your families do not make any mistakes that will cost you hurt and pain like VICK! Vick is on his way back and there isn’t a DOGGONE thing you can do about it. GET OVER VICK AND DO SO CHARITY WORK FOR THE HOMELESS and JOBLESS in your community.

Vick Supporter

July 23rd, 2009
9:41 pm

The Great Mike Vick Has Returned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I told you people!!!!!!!!!!!!! M F-in Vick 09!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reid Adair

July 23rd, 2009
9:42 pm

Surely to goodness Michael Vick is smart enough to realize he does NOT need the “publicity” of strip clubs and such behavior now or anytime soon. If he doesn’t, someone please pass along two words to him – Pacman Jones.

It will be interesting to see if a team steps up and takes a chance on him. And how nice of the hypocrites at PETA to say that they won’t protest IF he undergoes a psychiatric evaluation.

a mother's love

July 23rd, 2009
9:45 pm

bx barry, it takes ONE TO KNOW ONE. Get a real job making millions, so you can enjoy life.

MiltonDawg

July 23rd, 2009
9:54 pm

Good for him…too bad he’ll screw it up again. Just wait.

WHAT UP!!!

July 23rd, 2009
9:54 pm

Ahhhhh…….am I missing something Vick supporter. I haven’t read or seen on tv that Vick has been hired. With that said, how can you say “he’s back.” Just asking, stop haten.

MiltonDawg

July 23rd, 2009
9:56 pm

The Great Mick Vick!! hahahahahahahahha…are you freakin kidding me?? he was decent, not great. get a clue moron.

Vick Supporter

July 23rd, 2009
9:58 pm

MiltonDawg

July 23rd, 2009
9:56 pm
The Great Mick Vick!! hahahahahahahahha…are you freakin kidding me?? he was decent, not great. get a clue moron.

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Here come the caucasians hating. Let it go man. I gurantee you he will be successful, unlike you.

Vick 09!!! Eat that

Bryan G.

July 23rd, 2009
9:59 pm

Reid….

What about Vick’s behavior over the past leads you to believe he is “smart enough”?

That said, I think the strip club thing really is a non-issue. What he did and was in trouble for had nothing to do with naked chicks and making it rain.

a mother's love

July 23rd, 2009
10:01 pm

Dog Lover, I am a child and human lover! Please let pit bulls be dogs. I have always had dogs, and by no means did they come before the life of an abused child. I see abused children and even know about children killed by people. ARE YOU AN ADVOCATE TO SAVE THE CHILDREN, THE LITTLE INNOCENT CHILDREN? WHERE IS YOUR HEART AND COMMON SENSE?

Vick Supporter

July 23rd, 2009
10:02 pm

Why do you (some of you) caucasians have so much hate? I could see if he didn’t get punished (he paid double the price) yet you people keep spewing your venom. Typical….To all other caucasians, glad you can look past race.

Vick 09

Amnesiac

July 23rd, 2009
10:04 pm

How many games did Ray Lewis miss after he or his posse murdered an actual human being?

MiltonDawg

July 23rd, 2009
10:08 pm

vick supporter: lets go for easiest way out—– Race Card. Come up with something more original. you think he’s the 2nd coming of Jesus at QB. get a clue.

truthsayer

July 23rd, 2009
10:08 pm

It amazes me how so many haters said the Vick would never be successful in the NFL as a quaterback. However after 2 pro bowl years, becoming the face of the NFL, having the top selling jersey, and selling out the dome for several years, now again, he’s not capable of playing quarterback. However, half the starting quarterbacks are average at best and they sincerely can’t create the excitement Vick can. Let along full a stadium.
The last time I checked the NFL regular season was 16 games long. If the 4 game suspension is accurate that would allow Vick more time to absord a playbook. Dan Reeves utilizes Vick’s talents to the max and the results made Vick a Star.
If the NFL is the copycat league that we keep hearing, some team will recognize this fact and give him a chance. Hopefully, when his opportunity comes, he will take full advantage and shout the mouths of Millions.

MiltonDawg

July 23rd, 2009
10:10 pm

besides..i question his ethics not his race. again, be more original instead throwing out the race card when someone makes a statement about another race. i know its easy..but just try.

ed

July 23rd, 2009
10:16 pm

it sure is easy to cast judgement on somebody else

felon2

July 23rd, 2009
10:20 pm

Uhmmmm, yes Jeffrey, visiting a strip club WOULD BE a violation of his probationary terms, jeez, do some freakin research. Of course, when I saw my PO are the Cheetah, I just dumped my drink in the plastic flower pot, so I skated……………….

felon2

July 23rd, 2009
10:21 pm

Oh yea, go puppies, 45-42

a mother's love

July 23rd, 2009
10:22 pm

TO ALL MY FELLOW AMERICANS! IT IS TIME FOR ALL OF US DOG LOVERS AND HUMAN LOVERS TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS A CLEAR DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO. VICK DID SOMETHING THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR BY ANIMAL LOVERS, HOWEVER PETA ISN’T CONCERNED ABOUT THE MANY MANY HUMANS THAT ARE RAPED, ABUSED, AND MURDERED IN THEIR CITY OF NORFOLK. THE IRS NEEDS TO FIND OUT WHO IS SUPPORTING THE INCOME OF THESE BIGGOTS! I HOPE THEY AREN’T USING MY TAXES!!! INVESTIGATE THIS UNDERGROUND ORGANIZATION.

disqusted

July 23rd, 2009
10:27 pm

it’s amazing only ajc reported the strip club incident. They will report anything to damage the man

tony316

July 23rd, 2009
10:28 pm

let us move on. i wish vick the best.

MiltonDawg

July 23rd, 2009
10:30 pm

disgusted..it was also mentioned on ESPN, Yahoo, and many other news outlets..not just the ajc. get your facts straight.

Dawg in FL

July 23rd, 2009
10:33 pm

Seriously cut the race crap. Quite frankly what Mike Vick did was atrocious, however, other NFL players have done much much worse and got other chances i.e. Leonard Little. He has not finished paying his debt to society, but should be allowed to the chance to do so. As far as being a great quarterback…..he had some great games, but I wouldn’t put him as a great quarterback. Greatest athlete at quarterback position?…..definitely. I hope some team and it’s surrounding community give him a second chance, but with what he did no one can expect him to welcomed back with open arms. Just not plausible.

Vick Supporter

July 23rd, 2009
10:34 pm

‘01….Falcons went 5-11 in Vick’s redshirt rookie year…..
‘02….Falcon’s go 9-6-1 and win in Vick’s 1st playoff game in lambeau field…..
‘03….Vick breaks his ankle, falcons go 1-11 without him, Mike Vick returns in week 13 and falcons go 3-1 with the same team that was 1-11 without him
‘04….Vick is back, and the Falcons go 11-5 and make NFC Championship game…….

That shows you what Mike Vick brought to the table for the falcons……..

Let me guess…you people forgot

dlae in newnan

July 23rd, 2009
10:35 pm

A Mothers Love are you on the pipe? Pathological behavior like his should never be excused. Fifty years ago the prevailing attitude in a lot of the country was “they’re just negroes”, did that make them innocent?

WHAT UP!!!

July 23rd, 2009
10:36 pm

Truthsayer…..I’m not saying Vick wasn’t a successful QB. His QB stats say he wasn’t a successful QB.

His runningback stats however say he was a successful runningback.

Vick has wet dreams at night dreaming about being a QB like Mcnabb, Cunningham, Moon, Mcnair…..oh and Matt Ryan too. Man can’t believe I almost forgot Matt Ryan.

WHAT UP!!!

July 23rd, 2009
10:37 pm

Everyone is reporting the strip club vist not just the ajc. Vick proves again who he really is.

WHAT UP!!!

July 23rd, 2009
10:40 pm

Vick Supporter you forgot 2005 and 2006. That’s what Vick left on the table in Atlanta. MORON!!!!

Vick Supporter

July 23rd, 2009
10:42 pm

@WHAT UP!!!

I don’t care what you think. you just sit and watch, clown BOY. Spew your hate like your kind does…you make yourself look like a meth smoking dope

D.Ellis

July 23rd, 2009
10:52 pm

The justice system has a weird way of working. Heatley accidently kills his friends….no jail time. Vick runs interstate gambling ring, and kills dogs….18 months. Little kills a woman on his 2ND DUI…..no jail time. Stallworth kills a man while over the legel limit which is considered drunk…..24 24 days jail time. Ray Lewis hops in the car and rides home with the men that just killed someone in a fight he was involved in…….no jail time……and my guess is if it had been any of us that hopped in that ride we would have been charged with accessory to murder. A freind of mine punches a cop while drunk and gets 30 days.

Yep Vick Supporter I remember those days. But with the good is the bad and I also remember 05 No playoffs we choked down the stretch and 06 no playoffs we choked down the stretch. So was he good…..you bet your arse he was…….So was he bad…..yep at times he was bad as well. My opinion is he was better than he was bad…..and when he was great he was great……and when he was bad he was bad.

disqusted

July 23rd, 2009
10:52 pm

You guys are so sick. Less than 40 years ago some of your fathers and grandfathers treated blacks worse than animals. why don’t some of you go sit and talk to your folks and find the truth. Better yet you probably already know it because the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Najeh Davenpoop

July 23rd, 2009
10:54 pm

It’s times like these I’m very happy I’m neither white nor black.

Vick really deserves no suspension, but 4 games is better than the half a season or full season that was rumored.

Steve Brown

July 23rd, 2009
11:01 pm

Roger Goodell will one day face his own hell. Since when is the NFL the law of the land. I am a dog lover and Vick was found guilty and served his time and paid his debt but has been treated far worse than other humans that have committed greater sins. Goodell has brought bad Karma to the NFL and he and the league will pay dearly some day. This makes me sad, sad to be a human.