Owens weighs in on Vick's return
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills receiver Terrell Owens is disappointed in the way NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is considering Michael Vick's reinstatement now that the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback has served a 23-month prison sentence for his role in an illegal dogfighting ring.
Owens called the possibility of an additional Vick suspension to start the season, possibly for four games, "ridiculous" while meeting with reporters after Sunday morning's training camp session at St. John Fisher College.
"The Michael Vick situation, I think, is unfortunate," Owens said. "I think the way the commissioner is handling it is unfair to Michael Vick. I think he's done the time for what he's done. I don't think it's really fair for him to be suspended four more games. It's almost like kicking a dead horse in the ground.
"A lot of the guys around the league need to speak up. I think the players' union needs to step in because the guy's already suffered so much, and to add a four-game suspension onto a two-year prison sentence, I mean, that's ridiculous."
League sources told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio and Chris Mortensen on Thursday that Goodell is expected to announce details of Vick's conditional reinstatement, allowing the three-time Pro Bowler to sign with an NFL team.
Owens wouldn't speculate whether Vick will be signed by another NFL team, but claimed Vick deserved the opportunity.
"Why shouldn't he?" Owens said. "There's a number of guys around the league that have done far more worse things than that and gotten a second chance. So I don't see why he shouldn't."
Not speaking in terms of the Bills, Owens said he wouldn't mind having Vick as a teammate.
"Again, why not?" Owens said. "Michael Vick is a guy that really hasn't had any character issues besides [what] he got a prison sentence for, so why not."
Bills safety George Wilson, the team's NFLPA representative, agreed with Owens.
"How do you bring a man out of suspension and then suspend him again? I mean, he's paid his debt," Wilson said. "I think you just continue to hold him down by bringing him back and then suspend him."
Wilson said he intends to discuss Vick's status with Owens and other teammates to determine whether to bring the Bills players' position to the union.
"We'll see where it goes, but I think Terrell is right in stating his position," Wilson said. "This is an instance where perhaps our players association needs to try to get involved."
The union's position has been that it will support Vick on a personal level until Goodell decides how to proceed. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith met with Vick this past week, and intends to discuss the player's status with Goodell.
There was a comment that is not mentioned in the article and video, but it is mentioned on ESPN. Owens said, "The commissioner needs to sit in jail for 23 months."
Normally I find Fines to be unnecessary and ridiculous, but TO really needs/deserves one for this comment (and if it were me I suspend his ass). Michael Vick DISGRACED the NFL and all humans by his actions. On top of that when he sat down with Goodell when the charges came out, he did lied to his face. He should have just spit in his face and left, which might be considered a step up considering what he did. IMO, Goodell handled this all wrong, he should have waited for Vick to get out of jail before suspending him indefinitely. He can't play in jail, and then you just suspend him for whatever amount of time he wanted after he got out. Now how can you say "this situation is unfair to Michael Vick"? How? Did Goodell plant evidence to have Vick jailed? NO, Vick did this to himself when he thought it was cool to bankroll dogfighting. What Vick did can never be undone and he deserves everything negative he has coming thanks to his poor actions. Yes he paid his debt to society, but he hasn't paid his debt to Goodell for lying. And if it were up to me he would be suspended this year.
As for TO, you need to STFU you attention whore. You are the home wrecker of the NFL. You have done NOTHING but cause controversy everywhere you go and you have not delivered any championships and you probably never will. You bring a lot to a team on the field, but you cancel that out with all your off the field issues you Drama Queen.