How Will Report of Steroid Use Affect Michael Vick?

Written By Bob Cunningham On Saturday, January 23, 2010

Vick should have no problem finding a team in 2010.

As is the case with a lot of high-profile athletes nowadays, former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has been linked to a dealer who pushed steroids and HGH (human growth hormones).

The feds questioned Vick about steroids and things of the like when he was indicted on several charges stemming from his infamous dog-fighting ring, but he was never linked to anything after denying his involvement to the investigators.

That is, of course, until now. The dealer, who has since committed suicide, specifically mentioned Vick as one of his customers. Vick was also reportedly heard telling the dealer that he "liked his product" at a Christmas party back in 2006.

So Vick met a dealer at a Christmas party? He's never been labeled as a genius, but I'm not sure that anyone is quite that stupid.

The news is unlikely to hurt Vick as far as the NFL is concerned, and it's doubtful that the DEA will pursue Vick on the word of a deceased steroids dealer. Whether or not any sports league wants to admit it, they're all aware of the usage of steroids and other performance-enhancing substances going on within their respective sports.

They will condemn it to the public until they're blue in the face, but behind closed doors it wouldn't surprise me to find it was quietly encouraged.

Where would the MLB and Bud Selig be right now if Mark McGwire had not used the PED's and hit 70 home runs back in 1998? It's the opinion of several people that the '98 season went a long way in bringing the MLB back to the forefront of sports at a time when it was being surpassed by the NBA and NHL.

Did Bud Selig and the rest of the MLB higher-ups really have no idea what McGwire, and most likely Sammy Sosa, were doing? Either they're lost in their own little world of naivety or they're just that stupid.

Something tells me it's C) None of the above.

Either way, the leak of Vick's possible involvement with PED's will do absolutely nothing to deter teams from pursuing him this offseason. If there's a team out there that believes Vick is better than what is currently on their roster, he could have killed dozens of dogs and ran an illegal gambling ring, been convicted, and served two years in federal prison and no one would care.

And yes, I was using a specific example that already has happened to make my point.

Ray Lewis was connected to a murder and Leonard Little did kill a woman, but Lewis is still on track to find himself in the Hall of Fame five years after he retires and Little is still gainfully employed -- I don't think Vick has anything to worry about.

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