Why won't the NFL play ball with PETA?


Say you're the head of the National Football League. You have the chance to make a long-running and very annoying public relations problem go away without spending a penny. Oh, and you get to do the right thing in the bargain. Wouldn't you do it?

That's the choice current NFL commissioner Roger Goodell now faces. It's up to him to decide just what to do about Michael Vick, the talented but troubled former Atlanta Falcons quarterback who spent 23 months in prison after he was convicted for running a brutal dogfighting ring. Goodell has opened the door for Vick's return, but if he goes through with it -- and if Vick finds a team willing to make room on its roster for a repeat offender of dubious passing accuracy -- you can be sure that controversy will ensue.