No need right now for Eagles to walk away from QB

Posted: July 02, 2010

Posted yesterday on the Daily News Eagles blog at www. eagletarian.com by beat writer Les Bowen:

Your Eagletarian is trying to grab a bit of vacation, at a time of year when the Eagles' offices are closed and next to nothing is going on around the league. What could possibly happen to keep me from restaining the picnic table that sits moldering in my back yard?

Michael Vick, of course.

My opinion: If nothing else substantive arises - if no evidence emerges that Vick participated in, suggested or otherwise was involved in the shooting of Quanis Phillips last week outside the restaurant where Vick was holding his 30th birthday party - then neither the league nor the Eagles should do anything to Vick.

Already, you hear people saying the Eagles should cut ties, just on the basis that this latest bit seems fishy, and Vick was warned he had to walk a narrow path last year when he was reinstated. The undercurrent there seems to be "this was a bad idea from the start, so let's just forget it."

I agree with the "bad idea" part. I was astonished when the Eagles decided to get involved with Vick last August. I wouldn't have done it.

But they did it. And now, I don't know that I can endorse the idea that they can honorably walk away just because something unsavory happened at an event Vick hosted. They made him their employee. Now they have an obligation to treat him fairly and decently, as they would any other employee. At this point, if Vick's "redemption" is a failure, it reflects on his would-be redeemers. Of course, the condition I set forth there in my second paragraph is a huge "if." I'll be a little bit surprised if the video with the inconvenient time stamp is the last revelation to emerge. You don't have to be a cynic to feel this story has been trending badly, with Vick having gone from out of the area for an hour, to out of the area for half an hour, to a time stamp that says he'd been gone maybe 3 minutes when Phillips was shot (and the video also says he disappeared in the direction from which the shots came).

Still, so far, nobody has said Vick shot Phillips, or that he asked anyone else to shoot Phillips. Until that happens, as far as I'm concerned, the Eagles have no justification to just hoist their petticoats and scamper away.

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