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PostSubject: Owens wants Vick to join him at the Bills   Owens wants Vick to join him at the Bills Icon_minitimeMon Jul 27, 2009 6:31 am


PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Terrell Owens wants Michael Vick
to be reinstated immediately by the NFL, and said any extension of the
quarterback's suspension would be similar to "kicking a dead horse." Speaking after the Buffalo Bills
training camp practice Sunday morning, the star receiver referred to
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's handling of Vick's status as "unfair."
Owens also lobbied to have more of the league's high-profile players
voicing their opinions in support of Vick and asked the NFL Players
Association to become more involved.

"I think he's done the time for what he's done. I don't
think it's really fair for him to be suspended four more games," Owens
said, referring to reports that the NFL is considering to further
punish Vick. "It's almost like kicking a dead horse in the ground. ...
The guy's already suffered so much. And to add a four-game suspension
on a two-year prison sentence, that's ridiculous." Vick met with
Goodell this week but has yet to learn when he will be allowed to
resume his NFL career. The former Falcons star was suspended
indefinitely in August 2007 after he admitted bankrolling a dogfighting
operation. Vick has served a 23-month federal sentence and was
freed from home confinement on July 20. He must still serve three
years' probation. Owens said Vick deserves a second chance. "Why
shouldn't he? I mean, there's a lot more guys around the league that
have done far more worst things than that and gotten second chances,"
Owens said. Owens said he would welcome Vick as a teammate. "Michael Vick is a guy that really hasn't any character issues besides what he got a prison sentence for, so why not?" he said. Bills safety George Wilson, the team's NFLPA representative, agreed with Owens. "How
do you bring a man out of suspension and then suspend him again? I
mean, he's paid his debt," Wilson said. "I think you just continue to
hold him down by bringing him back and then suspend him." Wilson
said he intends to discuss Vick's status with Owens and other teammates
to determine whether to bring the Bills players' position to the union. "We'll
see where it goes, but I think Terrell is right in stating his
position," Wilson said. "This is an instance where perhaps our players
association needs to try to get involved." The union's position
has been that it will support Vick on a personal level until Goodell
decides how to proceed. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith met
with Vick this past week, and intends to discuss the player's status
with Goodell. The Bills have declined comment on discussing Vick. Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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