Goodell ruling fails Vick, players

Michael Vick, in his prepared statement about his partial reinstatement Monday by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, landed the right balance of contrition, remorse and, most importantly, deference. Vick said he was grateful for being given the opportunity to resume his football career, thanking Goodell, in particular, for allowing him to play the game he loves.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to commissioner Goodell for allowing me to be readmitted to the National Football League,” Vick said through agent Joel Segal. “I fully understand that playing football in the NFL is a privilege, not a right, and I am truly thankful for the opportunity I have been given.