I honestly don't know what to think anymore.
When this whole Michael Vick deal came out, I was thinking, "Ok, he'll get locked up for 3-5 years and won't return to football." Now the word is 12-18 months of incarceration and on ESPN, the guys on NFL Live (Chris Berman, Keyshawn Johnson, Tom Jackson, Bill Parcells, Emmitt Smith) are saying that he'll be back in the NFL by age thirty, but not as a quarterback.
They seemed to be overlooking the fact that there should be a suspension waiting for Michael Vick from Roger Goodell. The weight of this suspension should be from his actions.
No, not the dogfighting.
Lying to the commissioner's face.
How would you feel if you were Roger Goodell? Allegations of dogfighting spring up about one of the premier players in the league. You bring him in to have a face to face chat about what went down, and he says that he had nothing to do with the events at his house. Then, next time you turn around, his co-defendants are going against him and he is forced into pleading guilty. An admission of guilt.
I know a lot of innocent people are forced into pleading guilty, but they usually don't have three co-defendants going against him.
So back to being commissioner. The man who told you face-to-face that he did nothing wrong is now admitting he did something wrong.
So what do you do?
If I was Roger Goodell I would suspend him another 2-3 years after the 12-18 months he spends in prison. This would put him back in the league when he is 30 or 31, still young enough to play. That's still giving him a chance to play, but prison and the suspension would keep him out of football in his prime so who knows what skills he will have left.
So there it is. My viewpoint, slightly changed from before. Keep him out of the league for 3-5 years and then let him in after he has sacrificed his prime and some of his athletic ability.
So if you were Roger Goodell, what would you do?