Michael Vick says NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ‘doing a great job’ with Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice scandals

NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiHoward Simmons/New York Daily News Michael Vick calls for critics to ease up on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Roger Goodell might be under siege for his handling of the Ray Rice situation and his disappearing act in the wake of the Adrian Peterson mess, but Mike Vick still believes that the NFL commissioner should be given the benefit of the doubt.

“I think he’s doing a great job,” Vick said after Jets practice on Thursday. “I think some situations are more complicated than others. You’re not going to get it right all the time the first time. These situations are that (have arisen) are situations that we never dealt with before. I feel from a PR standpoint, just from a situational standpoint, it’s kind of new to everybody.”

Vick, of course, dealt with Goodell’s form of justice during the quarterback’s well-publicized involvement on a federal dogfighting scandal in 2007 that ultimately landed him behind bars. Goodell suspended Vick indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Vick was suspended for two regular-season games after he returned to the NFL in 2009.

Vick and Goodell have a mutual respect, so it wasn’t surprising that the veteran signal caller gave the commissioner the benefit of the doubt despite the growing public sentiment to remove him from his job.

“Nobody’s perfect,” Vick said. “Nobody can make the correct the decisions right then and there on the spot when faced with all forms of adversity. So, you got to give the man a chance. You got to give him a chance. You got give everybody a chance to get it right. And you see that the other teams that are dealing with it now are making the right decisions based on what’s happened in weeks prior. So you got to give people a chance, man. You’re not going to get it right on the first time.”

Domestic violence has taken center stage in the NFL in recent weeks, jolting the league landscape like never before. The Ravens, Vikings, Panthers and Cardinals have taken steps to distance themselves from players connected to violent acts.

“It’s a lot of issues that are taking place,” Vick said. “In due time, they’ll all be cleaned up. It’s kind of hard right now. Hopefully, everything will resume (to) normal the next couple months. We just can’t continue to keep feeding into it. Every day there’s a new story that’s being written about and being talked about. We don’t seem to let it go. It’ll be all handled… That’s what we have lawyers for. That’s what you have the commissioner for. You got to let it die down. Other than that, (if) you keep talking about it, it’s going to continue to be an issue.”

Vick has become one of the de facto spokesmen in the league since he was given a second chance to play in the NFL. He insisted that the outside factors dominating the conversation in recent weeks haven’t affected how he approaches his job.

“At the end of the day, we’re still football players,” Vick said. “The things that go on outside of football don’t distract you when you go on the field on Sundays. You can’t worry about that when you go on the field on Sundays. You take care of your job and then you worry about that during the week… We all got a job to do.”

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