NFL commissioner, Vick have meeting on QB's future

RICHMOND, Va. --- Michael Vick might soon discover just who's interested in giving him a second chance.

 

Two people familiar with the meeting confirmed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Vick, agent Joel Segal and two other members of the suspended quarterback's team met Wednesday at a security firm in New Jersey. The two people requested anonymity because the league has not acknowledged the meeting.

ESPN reported on its Web site Thursday night that league sources said that sometime next week Goodell is expected to announce a conditional reinstatement of Vick, which would allow Vick to go to training camp if he signed with a team but that could also include a four-game suspension.

According to ESPN, a source close to Vick said the former Falcons quarterback is hoping to receive no additional punishment. A four-game suspension would likely inhibit his ability to catch on with an NFL team. No teams have expressed interest in bringing Vick in for a tryout as of yet.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined to confirm the meeting when contacted by The Associated Press on Thursday and insisted no decisions on Vick's future have been made.

"This is a serious matter," Aiello said in an e-mail. "We are engaging in a careful and thoughtful process."

Goodell told the AP on Tuesday that he hoped to make a decision "in the near future."

Goodell suspended Vick indefinitely in August 2007 after the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback admitted bankrolling the "Bad Newz Kennels" dogfighting operation. Goodell has said Vick must show remorse and signs that he has changed before he would consider reinstating him.

SI.com first reported the meeting at Buckley Petersen Global Inc. in Allendale, N.J.

Earlier Thursday, Vick's Virginia-based attorney Lawrence Woodward denied reports that Vick spent his first night of freedom at a Virginia Beach strip club.

"It is absolutely, categorically false," Woodward told the AP.

An Internet blogger reported Vick was seen at the strip club Atlantis on Monday night, hours after the electronic monitoring device he wore for two months under home confinement was removed.

Woodward said Vick was not in Virginia Beach that night and was not at any strip club.

Vick also denied the reports in an interview with the Daily Press of Newport News.

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