BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Commissioner Roger Goodell arrived around 2:30, just as the Eagles were about to begin practice. With him is legendary broadcaster and coach John Madden and the Madden Cruiser. Madden, who is now an ambassador of the game (??), picked up Goodell in New York on his way to Lehigh- for what I’m sure was two hours of riveting Brett Favre discussion. Goodell is there for his annual don’t-you-do-that-again meeting with Michael Vick
As for that face-to-face meeting between the commissioner and troubled quarterback Michael Vick, it didn’t happen prior to Tuesday’s afternoon practice. Minutes after Goodell and Madden arrived from New York, the duo was greeted by coach Andy Reid and ushered into the field house the Eagles use as their makeshift locker room.
Vick walked out 30 seconds later in full uniform, leaving no time for a meeting to take place. It is unclear whether the two will sit down after practice. Goodell has a scheduled meeting with the media and then the fans after practice. So he is expected to be around when Vick trots off the field.
Goodell stepped aside to take a call during practice and wound up standing directly under a scaffolding used for team cameras. Someone above dropped a pulley wire, sending a piece of equipment in the direction of the commish’s head. McManus said the operator recovered in time to stop the falling object just feet before it hit Goodell.
When Vick arrived in Lehigh on July 26, he expressed a desire to look Goodell in the eyes and explain what happened at his now infamous 30th birthday party. A co-defendant in his dogfighting case was shot outside the open-to-the-public event in addition to numerous rumored skirmishes. Vick was said to have left the premises minutes before the incident in question, confirmed by his brother and other witnesses. Testimony offered by Vick was sketchy if not downright unreliably suspicious.
“I spoke to Roger in his office last week and chatted briefly. It was a good conversation, but it was real,” Vick said at the time. “He told me he’d see me on Aug. 3 when they come [to Lehigh]. I look forward to meeting with him and talking to him face to face.
“You want to look at a person like him in the eyes after a certain incident occurs especially after he gave me the opportunity to come back and play in this league. I would much rather look him in his eyes and tell him exactly what happened and how I was hurt because of the events that surrounded my birthday party.” So after much time filled with sound and fury signifying nothing, we are nowhere!
There’s a “dogfighting almost killed the commish” joke in here somewhere, I just can’t find it.
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Written by Christopher Rowe
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