New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick, who has clashed with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the past, defended the commissioner on Thursday, saying he has done a "great job" and he doesn't deserve to lose it.
"You have to give the man a chance, you have to give him a chance, you have to give everybody a chance to get it right," Vick said Thursday, according to ESPN.com's Rich Cimini.
Vick, who was suspended by Goodell indefinitely in 2007 after he pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting charges, said Goodell should be given slack in responding to issues currently plaguing the NFL and its commissioner. Vick was suspended for two seasons while he served a jail sentence, and was reinstated in 2009. Today, some of the league's biggest stars are involved in cases involving domestic violence and child abuse.
"I think some situations are more complicated than others," Vick said, according to ESPN. "You're not going to get it right all the time or the first time. These situations that are arising are situations that we've never dealt with before in the NFL — from a PR standpoint, just from a situation standpoint.
"It's kind of new to everybody. That's why we're talking about it right now. It has to be dealt with. Nobody is perfect. Nobody is going to make the correct decisions right there and then on the spot when faced with all forms of adversity."