Why Michael Vick won’t win MVP this year

what, too soon?

not a fan

I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter lately about Michael Vick possibly winning MVP this year solely based his offensive out put. But what about his off the field out put? I have complete faith in Roger Goodell (current NFL commissioner) to not give him this (perhaps no longer) prestigious award. Goodell made his mark early in his term as commissioner by cracking down hard on league violators with restrictions and penalties. His current mantra of “Don’t fuck with me” has been keeping many more players in line than during the 16 year reign of Paul Tagliabue. It is in this spirit that Vick will not receive the MVP award for the 2010-2011 season.
In a letter to Vick in 2007, Goodell wrote, “While it is for the criminal justice system to determine your guilt or innocence, it is my responsibility as commissioner of the National Football League to determine whether your conduct, even if not criminal, nonetheless violated league policies, including the Personal Conduct Policy.” Such was the suspension that occurred after he reentered the NFL in 2009.
But I think this occurrence carried a heavier future burden that Vick maybe didn’t see coming. How would the league look if they gave an award to someone who was indicted due to his animal fighting ventures? Or even closer to home for Goodell, how would he, himself appear to fans and the media? I’m not saying people don’t deserve second chances; In fact, I believe in it greatly. But with social media outlet numbers at an all-time high, public perception is more important than ever. If Goodell allowed Vick to be MVP, would his job be in jeopardy, or maybe would his public perception change? How would the league fare? The 2011-2012 season has already found itself in turmoil, and possibly looking at cancellation, due to the end of the current collective bargaining agreement. Can the league really use another black eye from the mishandling of situations and bad press? Can Roger Goodell still be seen as an effective leader in the wake of such a decision? We’ll find out when the MVP recipient is announced after the divisional playoffs.


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