NFL General Manager Says Vick Will Play Again Despite Dog Fighting


In most people’s minds, Vick will never set foot in a NFL stadium ever again (unless he is the guy that scraps the gum off of the seats). He has committed a horrible crime, lied about what he has done, and he should get what he deserves.

On the contrary, there are some that think that Vick will play football again and that we have not heard the last of Michael Vick in football. One NFL general manager spoke about Vick’s situation before he accepted the plea deal. He also asked not to be unidentified.

“If he goes to prison, time will pass,” said the general manager. “Months or years will pass, if he does go to jail. If he went to jail, and then left prison down the road, he’d still be relatively young, and there’d be a line of 15 to 20 teams waiting to sign him. Trust me on that. Teams are going to say, ‘F— PETA. F— the bad pub. This guy is one of the most talented players of the last 10 years. I’ll take my chances.’”

The general manager also added that many teams will be looking at Vick to play with them because “we’re all whores in football”, and they would sign an ax murderer if he has the talent. He said Vick won’t most likely be back on the Atlanta Falcons, but he will be back in professional football. He said Vick will probably return as a running back.

A few NFL sources said they doubt NFL Commissioner Goodell will issue a lifetime ban against Vick. They said it will most likely be a suspension of one year.

Mike Freeman, a CBS Sports Online columnist said the NFL has employed murder suspects, women beaters, drug dealers, former gang members and other people with shady pasts. Despite what they did in the past, these men were signed on because they had the talent to play football.

Freeman also believes that Vick will get the best public relations firm in the world to protect him from his critics and to rally supporters on his side. He will be interviewed, will cry, apologize, and say he has paid his debt to society.

A NFL team will sign on Vick and say he has paid his debt, and he should be able to move on from his past. Once Vick leads his team to the postseason, Freeman said the comeback of Michael Vick will be complete.

Source: CBS Sports Online

(Thanks menusux)

30 Responses to “NFL General Manager Says Vick Will Play Again Despite Dog Fighting”

  1. Lynne says:

    Which is why I don’t give professional football a single penny nor do I watch any of it. Whores indeed.

  2. G in INdiana says:

    Those smart guys in the NFL are leaving out one very important part of the equation… the fan. I know, my husband is an avid football fan but he is also a pet owner. He attends games and if he ever goes to one and Vick is playing, he will boo the dope every time he puts a foot on the field. I can easily say this would happen where ever Vick went, even on his home field he’d get booed by his own crowd and whatever visitors are there.
    Now maybe the general manager, team mates, coaches, and various other hangers on might not care about what the fans think, but the fans are the money and the owner of the team will care…

  3. Lynne says:

    G, you can boo all you want but you’ve already paid them money to attend the game. That is what their bottom line is. The only way to reach their hearts is through their wallets. Boycott.

  4. Jenny Bark says:

    I hope Virginia does a job on him. Read Barb’s post at 1:50am on the last thread about Vic.

  5. nora says:

    Maybe in some people’s world Vic’s comback would be “complete” but in my world and thousands if not millions of other’s he is equal to the devil. If he ever shows up on a field again to play, I hope karma and justice is carried out and done on the same level that he exists on.

  6. NH says:

    Money is the bottom line I guess. I guess the folks at the NFL have no soul. As long as they have their mcmansions and giant suvs, they’re happy. There’s a special place in hell for them all.

  7. Nancy G. says:

    The commissioner of the NFL has come down very hard on players who’ve done far less than this, trying to clean up the sport and its image; and if they determine he was gambling, it would be a violation of strict NFL rules, he could be banned for life. The commissioner and team owner are very angry that he flat-out lied to them; he had been a discipline and image problem for the NFL even before this. So on the one side you have the rabid football fans, many of whom, I suspect, barely know the seriousness [and cruelty] of what he has done and think he can make a comeback [I read one ridiculous description of him by a CBS writer as a ‘puppy abuser’– like he whacked a puppy too hard with a newspaper]. On the other hand, you have a huge and lucrative sports franschise that knows what fans would do with Vick back on the field- the protesters, the bad publicity, would never stop and it would hurt the bottom line. Americans can look the other way, or forget about a lot, but animal cruelty is not one of those things.

  8. catmom5 says:

    Seems to me that having morality clauses and then enforcing them selectively would do more damage to the sport than finding another talented player to replace the player who violated the clause. MV is nothing but a hoodlum who thinks he can do whatever he pleases because he is a “star” and makes a lot of money. His “regrets and apologies” ring very hollow to me. I don’t think the general public is going to accept that as sincere. There is no PR firm that can undo the damage that this man has done ~ to himself and now to professional sports if the powers that be do not deal with him.
    So gambling is worse than torturing, killing and fighting dogs (or any other animal)? UNBELIEVABLE

  9. 2CatMom says:

    Guess my response has to be F— the NFL. I used to be a big football fan. Over the past 10-15 years I’ve found myself watching less and less. If Vick plays, I won’t be watching any games - regardless of who plays. And I will be letting the advertisers know my position. Money talks.

    and BTW Vick, you ain’t no Walter Payton.

  10. Scarbo in Atlanta says:

    The statement from “one of the NFL General Managers” as egregious as it is, pretty much defines the low to which the NFL has sunk over the past years. We have been constantly bombarded with the news of disgusting, immoral, and illegal acts of so many football players. Having lived in a football additcted family for years, we no longer attend or watch pro games, but continue to be college and Little League football fans.

    The former Virginia Tech star has been reported to have blamed friends and family members for taking advantage of his generosity and pledged to be more scrupulous. Hopefully, he will be able to practice being scrupulous while in prison.

    I strongly disagree with the writer’s statement that “Americans love a comeback even more than we love our dogs.”
    See full article

    As for me and my house, NOTHING comes before our love of family which most certainly includes our dogs!

  11. Lis says:

    Taking this anonymous blather from one team’s GM, and a sports columnist who is paid to generate controversy and readership, as the One True Word on what the NFL will do seems a bit naive and trusting. It may represent the personal opinion (and values, or lack thereof) of whoever this anonymous coward is, and what the columnist thinks will generate reaction, but not much else. In addition to the crime itself, in addition to the reaction of the fans and the general public–Goodell and others in the NFL leadership have been expressing their anger at the fact that Vick lied to them to their faces.

    And yes, the NFL has employed people with shady pasts in the past, BUT–it’s mostly been drug offenses (which not everyone agrees should be crimes), and when it’s been violent crimes, it’s been stuff genuinely in their past not stuff they had to take a break from their careers to serve time for because they were convicted in mid-career.

    And, with the exception of drug crimes, times have changed over the last several decades, and players being openly and obviously thugs is not as popular as it used to be.

  12. Bridgett says:

    And these are the people kids are idolizing as stars? Wife beaters, drug users, gamblers, dog abusers?

    It is time for the NFL to revisit the moral clauses? I wonder how many players are violating these clauses? Sound like more that just MV.

    It is time to boycott the NFL, period.

  13. zenelvis says:

    G in INdiana
    Absolutely right. I told my wife as soon as the Vick news started hitting the national radar that if the NFL failed to take serious action on Vick, I wouldn’t watch NFL games anymore. I’ve been a huge NFL fan all my life, but if this is the kind of message they’re sending, I’m through with it.

    Remember when athletes, particularly those of Vick’s fame, were heroes, people kids could look up to? I do, and I’m not that old. I stopped watching the NBA because I lost interest in watching a bunch of ignorant thugs and ex-cons. Looks like the NFL is going the same direction.

    Morality clauses seem like the way to go, but I have not doubt that all these athletes, who are already making millions, will sue their teams and the NFL if they get kicked off or suspended for ‘moral’ infractions on the grounds of having their civil or first amendment rights violated.

  14. Barb says:

    Great cartoon in the San Diego Union Tribune here:

    “Bark If You Want Michael Vick In Jail by Steve Breen

  15. Barb says:

    Great cartoon in the San Diego Union Tribune here:

    “Bark If You Want Michael Vick In Jail” by Steve Breen

  16. Lynn says:

    I hate to say it and I dearly hope I am wrong, but I have this god-awful feeling what the unidentified NFL manager said will become a reality. They can clean up the NFL all they want but in the end money will trump morality. And people will pay money to see Vick play. The PR people will launch a campaign to show him “repenting” in jail… get the picture.

    I’m still convinced that since money talks, that if enough people boycott the NFL games AND every single product advertised during the televised game, that ultimately they’ll get the message. But you’d really have to work hard to get people to boycott.

  17. Barb says:

    For anyone living in or near Richmond Virginia there is going to be a courthouse rally next Monday morning -

    From In Defense of Animals:

    1) Attend the courthouse rally to support the prosecution of Michael Vick to the fullest extent of the law for his crimes.

    What: Michael Vick plea hearing demo
    When: Monday, August 27, 9:30 a.m.
    Where: Outside the U.S. Courthouse at 1000 E. Main Street in Richmond, Va. (map)
    RSVP: Please RSVP to or call (415) 388-9641, ext. 240 for more information.

    2) Please “Take Action” to thank prosecuting attorneys Michael Gill and Brian Whisler for pursuing the case vigorously and urge them to seek the maximum legal penalty against Vick for his violent crimes. Also follow up with a polite letter or phone call urging the same:

    United States Attorney’s Building
    600 East Main Street
    Suite 1800
    Richmond, VA 23219-2447
    Tel: (804) 819-5400

    3) Call (212) 450-2000 and urge the NFL to ban Vick from the league for life under their personal conduct policy. Follow up with a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging the same:

    Mr. Roger Goodell
    NFL Commissioner
    280 Park Ave.
    New York, NY 10017

  18. momkat says:

    With low ethical standards like that, it seems that football is being governed by the scum of the earth.
    I never liked it, but now I think less of the people who do.


  19. Big Tent Noisemaker says:

    Well, if the public response doesn’t mean anything, why is this person afraid to give his name?

  20. Sky Eyes Woman says:

    “The general manager also added that many teams will be looking at Vick to play with them because “we’re all whores in football”, and they would sign an ax murderer if he has the talent.”

    Aaaaaand that’s why the NFL gets exactly ZERO support from me. Zero dollars spent on NFL merchandise, zero minutes spent watching any NFL event.

    “Teams are going to say, ‘F— PETA. F— the bad pub.”

    OK. Looks like the NFL says ‘F the fans’ too. So I say F- the NFL!

    Is that what “NFL” stands for? Not F***ing Listening?

  21. straybaby says:

    Sky Eyes Woman says:
    August 21st, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    remember, that’s just one GM’s opinion. Upshaw, Goodell and Blank seem to feel differently as i’m sure many other gm’s/owners do. i could see Jones or Davis perhaps taking him on, but i think many more of the owners would rather not dirty their hands with him. or risk their $$$$. that big contract of his may also now work against him. the falcons paid him a hell of a lot of money and look how he handled it and them. if he can’t respect a 130 million contract, what can he respect? they gave him everything, and he spit on it.

  22. Pat Pearson says:

    I wish I could be in Richmond on the 27th for the courthouse rally but since I live in Texas that just won’t be possible. I did call to leave a message for Michael Gill & Brian Whisler & was told I could send an email to which I will do immediately. I also called the NFL office & was transferred to public relations where I had to leave a message. Hopefully, this office will be flooded with messages & Roger Goodell will do the right thing & suspend this gambling, dog-abuser for LIFE.

  23. cardinarky says:

    Back in 1991 the NFL banned Dexter Manley, a defensive lineman for the Washington Redskins FOR LIFE.
    His offense?
    He failed four (4) drug tests.
    If the NFL will do this for a drug test failure, they MUST ban Vick for life for failing the test of being a human being innumerable times.

  24. Joan McCool says:

    I think the NFL had better take a lesson from baseball league about the fact of gambling. Pete Rose was banned from baseball for a lifetime and denied a place in the hall of fame, and that was just gambling. Why should Michael Vick get away with the heinous crime of killing innocent dogs and gambling and still be thought of to play football???????????????

  25. Lynn says:

    Anyone have any stats on the NFL football audience? I want to know what percentge of males and females are in attendance at the stadium? Percentage of males and females who watch on television?

    I’ve got an idea on how to convince the NFL to bury Vick.

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  27. Don and Mae says:

    If Vick comes back to the NFL I’ll find something else to watch.

  28. Miriam says:

    NAACP don’t play this poor me scenario and try to gain sympathy for a murderer like Michael Vick. When are you going to act responsible for the wrong actions of your members! Any which way you slice it, Michael Vick is a pre-meditating murdurer. Human or Pet the sentence is Life in prison, Electric Chair, and/or Booted out from NFL. The NFL in the name of good sportsmanship, and acknowledging the importance of law and order, should correctly act in Banning Michael Vick. This murderer should be re-tried for criminal charges in the Federal System for a term of Life in Prisonment. The NFL manager and any of the Vicks teamates that support him should be investigated for any inproprieties they have done throughout their lifes. I urge investigating Agencies and the Newspapers to investigate the Life of the NFL manager and the teamates. Bring out any dirt you can find on those that support Michael Vick and expell them from NFL.

  29. Ryan says:

    Oh please, like he said, the NFL has employed people with other shady histories. You’re going to tell me dogfighting is the ultimate sin? Please get over yourselves, we’ve got a running back in Cleveland who was involved in a DRUG trade, who’s been to jail and cameback, yet I hear no one whining about that.

    OH I forgot, this nation’s drug problems are nowhere near the it’s dogfighting problems. Yes, hundreds of America’s children and youth are getting hooked on dogfighting not drugs.

    How about hte countless domestic problems many of them have had? Ex-gang members in there? Ex-murderers.

    Oh but you’re all content with them playing, but let a man kill dogs and he should never see the light of day. Please.
    I’m a dog owner and lover myself, but I don’t believe you should bury a man who’s learned from an environmental mistake (a sick mistake at that).

    From some of the comments I’ve read here, a dog is more important than a woman or youth.

  30. Dina says:

    Mike Vick is an evil monster who does not deserve to walk the streets, furthermore play in the NFL and make millions of dollars. He is our current Ted Bundy. He did not just comitt a horrible crime one time. He did it over and over and over. He brutally tortured, hanged, drowned, electrocuted, and slammed dogs against the ground to break their backs. He is a sociopath who should never ever be allowed to play. I hope that the public lets their favorite football teams know that they will NEVER attend or watch a game where this filthy creature will be playing. Playing in the NFL is a great privilege and as far as I am concerned, he has LOST that privelege.

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