Falcons owner Arthur Blank, concerned that quarterback Michael Vick could be suspended by the NFL, has had another meeting with his embattled star where "I could not have been more stern."
Blank spoke to Vick in person about a series of recent off-the-field incidents, most recently an ongoing investigation of illegal dog fighting at a property he owns in Virginia.
Blank said he did not know if Vick has any involvement but, "from the facts we have so far, it's not a pretty picture. It's clearly an issue and we'll wait and see what revolves around it. I'm not a prosecutor or an attorney so I'm not going to sit in judgment of Michael."
Arthur Blank isn't a snitch, but he gave his boy up for his own good. I turns out it was Blank himself who sent Michael Vick to NFL commissioner Roger Gooddell to speak to Michael Vick about his misconduct.
Stating the obvious, Arthur Blank is smarter than Michael Vick. It was very, very clever of Blank to be proactive in dealing with the league commissioner. In the future, the commissioner may be lenient with Vick, if that becomes necessary. And it makes the Falcons organization look cooperative in the commissioners' eyes. It's always a good idea to get in good with the big boss. Good thing somebody is thinking ahead in the Falcons organization. Can't have Mike doing all the intellectual heavy lifting.
I typically frown on business people who make personal decisions concerning the company and normally look sideways at paternalistic White people, but I have no reason to suspect Arthur Blank is doing either right now. Blank has consistently demonstrated a genuine loyalty to Vick, whether he's pushing his wheelchair or signing off on his hundred something million dollar salary. Arthur has consistently stood by Vick despite Mike's constant missteps. It may indicate that Blank is too close to his employee, but I don't doubt that Blank has the franchise's best interests at heart. Blank is doing it his way - the warm and fuzzy way apparently - and I can accept that. Arthur Blank warned Michael about endangering his endorsements and said he told Vick, "You represent us as a franchise, you represent yourself as a person and you represent the NFL. It's not one single thing, it's a series of things." There's no flaw in that approach.
When people start doing random, WTF stuff, it's usually a sign of trouble at home - a person who lacks a parent or a significant other or even a good friend. If Arthur Blank insists on being Michael's friend, that's a good thing. According to unnamed sources in Vick's camp, Michael listens to the last person who speaks to him. If the last person Vick heard is Arthur Blank, then maybe fans can be hopeful that Mike can put his Ron Mexico days behind him. Good news. Michael Vick is selling the house (and the dog pens) in Virginia. It's probably too early to tell if he will rebuild trouble elsewhere.