Vick hopes talks were positive
Published 1:08 am Friday, July 24, 2009
RICHMOND, Va. — Michael Vick might soon discover just who’s interested in giving him a second chance.
Two people familiar with the meeting confirmed the NFL commissioner, 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.
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.’’
Roger Goodell told the AP on Tuesday, a day after Vick was released from federal custody, 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.
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.