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Michael Vick Violated Terms of NFL Reinstatement?

Written by:
Don Shapiro
Published on:
Aug/22/2009
Michael Vick

Michael Vick was reinstated to the NFL and quickly snatched up by the Philadelphia Eagles.  But has he already violated the terms of his NFL reinstatement?

This is the question being asked by Pro Football Talk.

Brian Costello of the Post writes in the first paragraph of the article that, on the evening after Vick's return to the practice field, he "sat in a corner booth . . . in the Riverbend Bar & Grill, sipping on a Grey Goose and Pineapple Juice and talking with two friends."

Grey Goose, for those of you unfamiliar with Maurice Clarett, is vodka.

The problem?  Vick's conditional reinstatement to the NFL contains an express prohibition against the use of drugs and alcohol.

In the July 27 letter communicating to Vick his conditional reinstatement, Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote that "you are required to abide by the terms of the supervised release that were imposed on you by the court, which include not committing any further crime, limits on who you may associate with, prohibitions regarding drug and alcohol use, possession of a firearm or other dangerous weapon, and forbidding you to own, possess or be involved with the sale of any dog."

So, basically, wow.

We're certain that, if this becomes an issue, there will be explanations and clarifications and anything but an admission that Vick was drinking alcohol.  Still, the mere fact that Costello wrote that Vick was drinking vodka in public demonstrates the extreme care Vick must exercise not only to stay within his razor-thin margin for error, but also to create a clear perception on the part of others that he hasn't done anything to violate the terms of his reinstatement or, more importantly, his probation.

The signing of Vick to the Eagles was quite controversial and a huge surprise.  The Eagles were among the early favorites to win the 2010 Super Bowl after New England and their odds have not changed much since the Vick news. 

The current +1000 odds to win the 2010 Super Bowl could be slashed further if there are signs that Vick will get more game time, and coach Andy Reid appears to be leaning that way.

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