Michael Vick issues statement

Reacting to his own comments in a GQ article where he indicated that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and other league officials wanted him to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles, star quarterback Michael Vick issued the following statement:

In the article, Vick said he would have preferred to play for the Cincinnati Bengals or the Buffalo Bills and start immediately rather than wait his turn in Philadelphia. However, he said that the NFL was a proponent of him playing for the Eagles. Regardless of the process, the results have worked out and Vick seems genuinely happy to play in Philadelphia.

"I felt it was necessary to put out a statement today clarifying the article in GQ Magazine. I did speak with many people, but the decision to sign in Philadelphia was based on my discussions with my agent, my family and with Coach Reid. And after those discussions, it became clear to me that this was the place I wanted to play and resume my NFL career.

"The Commissioner never told me to sign or not sign with particular teams. Again, I want to make it perfectly clear that this was a decision I made and, as I have said numerous times before, I'm very happy with the way it has worked out for me and my family."

Meanwhile, league spokesman Greg Aiello weighed in on the flap: "His decision on where to play to put himself in the best position to succeed was entirely his own," Aiello wrote. "Commissioner Goodell obviously met & spoke to Michael and his reps as part of his decision on whether to reinstate him & on what terms but the commissioner would never steer players to or away from particular teams and did not do so in this case."

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