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Dave Goldberg
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Dave Goldberg

Covered the NFL for the AP for 25 years and now is a senior NFL writer for

Bad judgment, little else


I spent Monday watching Arjen Robben and Juan and Luis Fabiano and Robinho score goals, which is about all the football (or futbol) I've had time for this month.

So here we are talking about Michael Vick.

This is the deep, deep offseason for the NFL. Even the obsessive coaches, for whom the NFL season never ends, are on vacation these days.

At least the sane ones.

So are the players, which is probably how the Vick thing came up. He celebrated his 30th birthday on Saturday and last week his friends had a party near his home in Virginia to celebrate. Early Friday morning, after Vick had left, one of those friends was shot and wounded, although not seriously.

Here we go again.

This is news, I suppose, because Vick is supposed to be totally clean and because the wounded friend was Quanis Phillips, one of those involved in the dogfighting operation for which Philadelphia's backup quarterback served 19 months in federal prison. As a condition of his parole, Vick was supposed to have no contact with Phillips

OK, so they were at the same party. Presumably they had contact. And shots were fired AFTER Vick left. Bad judgment on Vick's part to hang around with these people, I suppose. But they are, after all, lifelong friends and the people with whom Vick feels most comfortable. Should that get him in trouble again? Not in my book -- he served more than his time and hanging out with people who were involved in a shooting when he wasn't there doesn't qualify him for additional problems.

As noted, it's the deep offseason for the NFL and if this is the worst trouble Michael can find, let's just suggest there is worse. Let him go back to the Eagles, where Kevin Kolb is replacing Donovan McNabb. Who knows? If Kolb has problems, Vick might even get a shot at starting.

Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to Argentina against Germany and Brazil against Holland and the rest of the World Cup.

And ...

Stay in Cleveland, please, LeBron. Forget about Chicago, Miami and New York, especially the latter and its plans to let you bask in "celebrities.'' Hope your almost) hometown team finds a better supporting cast and help Cleveland finally get a championship.

Besides, once you're settled in, we will stop hearing your name until the season starts. The "Lebron watch'' is another thing we can do without.

By Dave Goldberg  |  June 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  | Category:  Crime , Michael Vick , Philadelphia Eagles , Quarterbacks , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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