Let’s not make the story about Michael Vick, but the story will always be about Michael Vick.
Simple question: What does two years in prison, millions in lost salary, promises to volunteer and the PETA cross on his back mean to Roger Gooddell?
Nil, he says. Nil.
“I accept that you are sincere when you say that you want to, and will, turn your life around, and that you intend to be a positive role model for others,” Goodell said in his letter to Vick. “I am prepared to offer you that opportunity. Whether you succeed is entirely in your hands.”
“Needless to say, your margin for error is extremely limited,” the letter said. “I urge you to take full advantage of the resources available to support you and to dedicate yourself to rebuilding your life and your career. If you do this, the NFL will support you.”
Even the letter was condescending. I wonder if the ink smelled like rosemary.
But really, will PETA get off his back? Does he have a real chance with an NFL team? I believe a lot depends on who will go to bat for Vick, being the owners and the players and the NFLPA. Their say carries a lot more clout than just the whims of an animal rights organization.
It wouldn’t hurt if he keeps his mouth shut either. That could go a long way.