For those skeptical that Roger Goodell and the NFL don't indeed have plans to "rid" the league of certain players, we offer this:
NFL security has contacted investigators in Surry County, Va., to offer its services in the investigation of illegal dogfighting at a property owned by Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Last time we checked, "NFL security" was not a law enforcement agency and didn't have any jurisdiction in VA. But, here they come. "Helping" law enforcement investigators with the inquisition of Michael Vick.
This is a sign, clearly, that things have gone too far in the NFL. Vick's situation is rapidly passing the point of acceptability. The flagrant dismissal of judicial fairness and due process being exercised by Goodell demands confrontation. The representatives of the NFLPA have been mum. If they are unwilling to stand up to the ever increasing gestapo tactics of the NFL's new czar, then it is time for someone else to step in as a voice on behalf of the rights of the players.
As Goodell brazenly flaunts the very principles that have allowed our justice system to be the envy of the world, a dismayed public wonders which players will be targeted next for destruction.
The idea that NFL security, an organization under the direct control of the very people attempting to run Vick out of football, is now on the scene is akin to having a sergeant at arms from the local KKK working with the FBI in tracking MLK, Jr.
It is becoming clearer and clearer that things are not going to end well for Mr. Vick. Being a Negro QB and the face of a franchise. Being, potentially, the most marketable player in the NFL. And having a "look" that old white men with fat wallets and racist inclinations find threatening have all combined to paint a target on the back of Mr. Vick.
A target that at this point, Stevie Wonder could hit from 500 yards down range.
All ready on the right? All ready on the left? All ready on the firing line.