Vick won’t face disciplinary action (AP)

Aug 4th, 2010 | By sportsnews | Category: Sports

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP)—NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he has yet to announce
a decision on Michael Vick(notes), leaving open the possibility the Philadelphia Eagles
backup quarterback still might face disciplinary action.

Goodell planned to speak with Vick on Tuesday while visiting the Eagles
during his training camp tour. He said he’ll make his decision public after the

“I try to look at this and understand the facts and understand where we are
and where the individual is and try to make the best decision for the league and
the individual, and I’d like to sit with him and share that with him before I
share it with everybody else,” Goodell said.

The NFL and the Eagles have been looking into a shooting at a nightclub in
Virginia Beach, Va., where Vick held his 30th birthday party on June 25. Police
say no charges will be filed because of a lack of cooperation by witnesses and
the victim, who Vick’s attorney Larry Woodward identified as Quanis Phillips—a
co-defendant in Vick’s federal dogfighting case.

When Vick reported to camp last week, an NFL spokesman said there was no
change in his playing status. At no point, Vick said, was he formally cleared by
the league.

Vick and Goodell have spoken on the phone since the shooting six weeks ago,
but this will be their first face-to-face meeting.

“He understands the responsibility he has and the position he’s in, and he
has to make good decisions,” Goodell said. “I want him to understand that he’s
in a different position than others and because of that he has to protect
himself differently, and he recognizes that, I think, and hopefully he’s going
to make good decisions moving forward.”

When the Eagles signed Vick to a two-year contract last August after he
finished an 18-month sentence in federal prison, he was told he has no margin
for error.

Vick was a model citizen off the field and in the locker room during his
first season with the Eagles. He was popular among his teammates, who voted him
winner of the Ed Block Courage Award.

“A large part of our message is going to be the additional support we want
to provide, helping him make better decisions, including mentoring, guidance and
support we think we can provide him both at the league level and at the club
level,” Goodell said. “He will continue his mentoring relationship. Tony Dungy
will continue to be involved with him and has been involved with him.”

A three-time Pro Bowl pick during six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Vick
is Philadelphia’s No. 2 quarterback behind Kevin Kolb(notes). He wasn’t much of a
factor last year, despite taking snaps away from Donovan McNabb(notes) when the Eagles
ran a variation of the wildcat formation. Vick completed 6 of 13 passes for 86
yards and one touchdown and ran for 95 yards and two scores. He tossed a 76-yard
TD pass in a 34-14 loss to Dallas in the playoffs.

Goodell is more concerned with Vick’s performance off the field.

“I think he’s made significant progress. I think he understands his
responsibility, he’s been focused on it, but as I’ve said to him a year ago, he
can’t afford lapses in judgment,” Goodell said. “He just can’t afford that. He
understands that position he’s in, and he needs to make sure that he’s held to
that high standard.”

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