Michael Vick if you are reading this blog here is my advice – Saturday night stay home and watch Millionaire Matchmaker. It’s a fun show about socially inept millionaires who can’t find their own dates.
Vick allegedly got in a confrontation outside a Virginia Beach nightclub following his 30th birthday party - a situation that developed before a shooting that left Quanis Phillips wounded. No charges were filed and law enforcement officials have said that Vick is not a target of an investigation.
Still Vick has his problems. He’s apparently still associating with Phillips, one of his co-conspirators in the dogfighting enterprise.
On top of that, according to recent reports, Vick can’t leave the state of Pennsylvania. He’s been denied travel privileges by probation officials after missing a pair of schedule meetings. This made him a no-show at his own golf tourney.
There are persistent rumors that the Eagles may cut Vick (and bring in Jeff Garcia or trade for Troy Smith). If Vick is cut, he may not find employment in the NFL again.
That aside, it’s open for the NFL to step in and suspend Vick under its personal conduct policy. The policy is designed to help control off-field behavior by its players and preserve the league's public image. The policy, introduced by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, only applies to the player's personal lives and image in the public spotlight. The NFL conducts separate investigations for drug and alcohol abuse and performance enhancement.
Remember Ben Roethlisberger? Criminal charges were never filed. Still, the NFL under is personal conduct policy suspended Roethlisberger for what the NFL characterized as a chronic pattern of poor judgement and bad decisions. The NFL went out of its way not to suggest that Roethlisberger had committed a crime:
“I recognize that the allegations in Georgia were disputed and that they did not result in criminal charges being filed against you,” Goodell said in his letter to the six-year veteran.
“My decision today is not based on a finding that you violated Georgia law, or on a conclusion that differs from that of the local prosecutor. That said, you are held to a higher standard as an NFL player, and there is nothing about your conduct in Milledgeville that can remotely be described as admirable, responsible, or consistent with either the values of the league or the expectations of our fans.
"Your conduct raises sufficient concerns that I believe effective intervention now is the best step for your personal and professional welfare.”
So Vick may have more to worry about than being cut by the Eagles.
Mike – Millionaire Matchmaker is on at 10pm on Saturdays.