It seems like everyone at one time or another has commented, both good and bad, about Falcons (soon to be released?) quarterback Michael Vick. Now you can add one more name to the mix. Meet Michael Irvin, former Cowboy wide receiver and Hall of Famer. Irvin, as all of you knowledgeable NFL fans know already, has had his share of courtroom drama. As reported by Sportz Assasin of AOL’s NFL FANHOUSE and according to Irvin, he claims that he “feels for Vick”.
Irvin on Monday stated that, “I’ve been there when you spend eight hours a day in a courtroom and people are talking about you like you are the worst person in the world. I’m not condoning what he might have done, but to take the game from him, at this stage, I think people don’t understand how it breaks him.” He also added, “I hurt for him. I empathize with him because I hear people saying he should take the year off, to forget about football and focus on his legal troubles. But football is what got him through everything – everything! It got him out of where he grew up, out of the hood, out of the ghetto. Football has always been the sanctuary.”
Irvin’s statements may be full of good intentions and what not, but there’s things that he for whatever reason, does not realize. Firstly, Irvin’s legal woes were drug-related, so that’s a night and day difference right there. Vick’s problems stem from the current dog-fighting issues that he is currently fighting right now. Secondly, Vick was ordered to stay away from Falcons camp. His attendance at their camp, while it may be therapeutic in nature, will provide a distraction that the team does not need right now.
Bottom line – Vick simply needs to concentrate on his legal issues before football, pure and simple. As i have stated before in a previous column, I fully expect Vick to get a NFL-madated suspension of undetermined length and the jury’s out (pun unintended) on whether Vick actually serves any jail time. Fortunately, the Virginia judge who is overseeing this case is known for moving cases of this nature in an expeditious fashion. But regardless of the final result of the Vick case, I pose this question to Michael Irvin – and his former comrade at ESPN, Tom Jackson, probably said it best (he pointedly asked Irvin this question): “Man, are you retarded?”