T.O. Thinks Roger Goodell Should Experience Prison
Owens said that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been unfair to suspended quarterback Michael Vick and that the union and more players need to speak out. In an interview with ESPN's George Smith, Owens said he was surprised more players haven't spoken up in support of Vick and that, "the commissioner needs to go sit in jail for 23 months" to see what it's like to sit behind bars.
"I think it's unfortunate," Owens said. "I think the way the commissioner has handled it, I think it's unfair to Michael Vick. 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. That's almost like kicking a dead horse in the ground."
Vick met with Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith in the last week to discuss his chances of getting back into the league. Vick has been on suspension for violating the NFL conduct policy for his involvement with dogfighting.
Vick was released from prison last week after serving 23 months in federal custody. Owens feels that Vick has paid his time and should play in the league again.
Multiple reports and sources have confirmed to FanHouse that the league will give Vick a conditional reinstatement -- possibly next week. Vick has to convince Goodell that he's sorry for his actions and that he will not violate the conduct policy again in order to return.
The league is looking into a possible four-game suspension for Vick, should he sign with another team for the 2009 season.
"I think a lot of guys around the league need to speak up," Owens said. "I think the players union needs to step in because the guy's already suffered so much. To add a four-game suspension to a two-year prison sentence, I mean, that's ridiculous."
One NFL player, the Chargers Shawne Merriman, has reacted to Owens' comments. In a post on his Twitter page, Merriman said, "how about TO ... and he said the commissioner needs to go sit in jail for 23 months wooooo ..."
Officials with the players' union and Vick's agent Joel Segal didn't return a phone call seeking comment regarding Owens' comments. NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello said the league would have no comment.