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Jun. 29 2010 - 12:46 am | 331 views | 0 recommendations | 3 comments

Michael Vick Just Can’t Avoid Trouble

Mike Vick with Philadelphia

How much longer will we see this?

The tragedy of the once-highest paid NFL player (scroll to #14) continues …

The AP reports that gunfire disrupted the wee hours of Mike Vick’s 30th birthday party last week. No, the onetime dogfighting ‘heavyweight’ did not pull the trigger nor receive the bullet; however, the fiasco occurred just outside the Virginia Beach nightclub hosting the soiree, and police identified the wounded man as a co-defendant in Vick’s dogfighting case.

Shucks.

CBS adds that, according to Vick’s attorney, #7 wasn’t present at the nightclub when the bullets started flying. Plus, Vick and his brother Marcus apparently hadn’t even invited the victim, who had “crashed the party” and insulted its hosts.

Worst punishment in the history of party fouls?

The NFL is still investigating the incident. But it appears that the maligned QB is again swimming in hot water after his reinstatement from NFL commish Roger Goodell.

Is this simply a case of Vick being snake-bit, or ought we incite the classic dictate of “fool me once … ” ?

Unfortunately for Vick, I’d guess Goodell suffers from a busted “Give-a-Damn.” When he decided to reinstate Vick last July, Goodell also made explicit certain unbreakable conditions — such as, don’t f@^& with me or the League.

“Whether you succeed is entirely in your hands,” Goodell wrote in the reinstatement letter. “Needless to say, your margin for error is extremely limited.”

The decision was unpopular at the time and surely receive more scrutiny as more details emerge and media attention intensifies.

Whether Vick’s fault or not, ol’ Rog may not like the spotlight shining on his League … and exile the former Atlanta messiah and his shadow of controversy. The actual answer to the question may not matter in the end.


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    The man’s a thug, like so many others in professional sports these days. If the NFL was really concerned about its reputation, Vick, Roethlisberger, and all the other violent offenders would have been kicked out of the league for the first incident. But of course, they’re far more concerned about their profits so it’s unlikely this guy will face more than a wrist-slap from the NFL, and he knows it.

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