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Goodell plans to speak with Young
The on-field fate of two NFL quarterbacks rests in the hands of commissioner Roger Goodell.
Goodell said Sunday that he intends to speak with Tennessee’s Vince Young “sometime in the next few weeks” to discuss his recent misdemeanor assault citation at a Dallas strip club. Goodell also said the NFL is “still gathering the facts” about a shooting outside a birthday party thrown last Thursday for Philadelphia’s Michael Vick.
Speaking at the NFL’s Rookie Symposium, Goodell said the league was told by law enforcement that Vick “is not a focus” of an ongoing police investigation in Virginia Beach, Va. Quanis Phillips was hospitalized after a confrontation and shooting that did not involve Vick.
Phillips, though, was a co-defendant in the dog-fighting case that caused Vick’s 1-1/2-year incarceration and 34-game NFL suspension. Vick could be running afoul of his probation and terms of his NFL reinstatement if found to once again be associating with Phillips.
“Obviously, we’ve got to look and see whether there was any violation of policy,” Goodell said.
Goodell acknowledged that a first-time legal offender like Young is unlikely to face an NFL suspension. Young, though, is guilty of embarrassing the NFL with a physical confrontation that was caught on the strip club’s security camera.
When announcing a six-game suspension for Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in April, Goodell said one of the reasons for the punishment stemmed from behavior that “undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the NFL, NFL clubs or players.”
Asked whether Young did the same and if that would factor into his final decision, Goodell said, “I think you have to look at these cases individually and understand them in a way of what are the issues going on with any individual. The intent of the (personal conduct) policy is to intervene so you help some individuals make a better decision and avoid these troubles. So when I sit down and look at all the facts around Vince or any other player, you want to make sure they understand that and what the policy was designed to do and more importantly understand the responsibility (of being an NFL player).”
Goodell stressed that message Sunday night when addressing the NFL’s 2010 draft class, all of whom are required to attend the three-day symposium.
“I told them the next few days are designed to help them not only to their transition to the NFL but beyond,” Goodell said. “It starts with being good men and making sure you can have as long a career as possible.”
New York Giants safety Chad Jones was granted an exemption because he remains hospitalized following a weekend car crash.