Vick protests too much

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was still in denial mode after Thursday night's loss to the...

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was still in denial mode after Thursday night's loss to the Steelers, claiming he didn't tell GQ magazine that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made him sign with Philadelphia. (Getty Images)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:26 PM ET

TORONTO - Are we the only ones that think Michael Vick is protesting a tad too much.

The other day Vick caused a big stink when in an article in GQ magazine he said that coming out of prison he would have picked either Cincinnati or Buffalo but was nudged into signing with the Eagles by commissioner Roger Goodell.

Vick could have been the starting quarterback at Buffalo but chose to be the third-stringer at Philadelphia.

This has never made a lot of sense and Vick may have spilled the beans while talking to GQ.

But no sooner had the story gone viral on the web when denials were issued by both the NFL and Vick.

But it did not stop there as following the Eagles’ pre-season loss to Pittsburgh Thursday night, another round of denials came from Vick.

“No, absolutely not,” Vick said when asked if he was pushed by Goodell. “The decision came down to me and my agent. Mostly me, but my agent gave me the best advice possible. The commissioner had no say in what happened. He just gave me the opportunity to come back, which I was thankful for. After that, I think it’s primarily up to you and your agent to make the decision. I hate that it got misconstrued that way. Like I said, it was my decision at the end of the day, and I chose to come here.

“I didn’t solely want it to seem like the commissioner pushed me to make a decision. That was not the issue. I had four or five people around me that helped consult in making my decision, but ultimately it came down to me. That’s why I wanted to clear that up. I never said that in three years. That wasn’t the case. It was totally up to me. After talking to Andy, that’s why the decision was made for me to come here.”

Well, we’re not buying it.

The truth usually comes out first, followed by denials.

He said, she said

Speaking of the truth taking a beating, we move on to the latest chapter in the Albert Haynesworth saga and the sexual abuse charge that he is facing.

In another version of he-said, she-said, Haynesworth’s lawyer is charged with offering money to the waitress that he is accused of molesting in the hopes of getting the charges dropped.

The government filing comes just days after Haynesworth’s lawyer filed papers saying someone offered a prosecution witness $50,000 for testimony against the former Washington Redskins defensive lineman. Haynesworth, in the off-season, was traded to the New England Patriots.

Haynesworth is accused of sliding his credit card into a waitress’s bra and touching her breast last February at the W Hotel in Washington.

According to the police report, the waitress said she had her hands full with glasses when Haynesworth tried to pay the bill. He asked if he could put his credit card in her blouse and she said yes. That apparently was a big mistake.

The waitress alleged that Haynesworth then stuck his paw down her shirt and fondled her.

Haynesworth is due to stand trial Aug. 23 in Washington.

The truth about Umenyiora

The downward slide continues for New York Giants disgruntled defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

It has been a trying month for both Umenyiora and the Giants and now comes the news that he will require arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

The usual recovery time for that procedure is three to four weeks which means that Umenyiora will not be fit to play in the Giants season opener Sept. 11, against Washington.

It has been quite the soap opera for the 260-pound defensive end, who had hip surgery in the off-season.

Upset about his contract status and requesting a trade, Umenyiora was a holdout at the start of training camp and once he agreed to report, said he had issues with his knee. At the time, those claims were viewed as suspect but apparently he was telling the truth.

“Osi called me at the end of the day yesterday to let me know that he wanted to have the surgery now,” Giants general manager Jerry Reese said Friday. “After practising for three days, he had some swelling in the knee, and it was clear that we were going to have to adjust his practice routine to every other day to maintain his knee.

“Osi’s feeling is he wants to get it cleaned up now because he is looking forward to playing this season, and he wants to do it without the knee being an issue for him. He told me how much he really enjoyed being back on the field this week, and he’s looking forward to getting back out there once he recovers from the procedure.”

Who said no news is good news?

Patriots making it work

The relationship is a smooth one and nobody is talking about a break up but both quarterback Tom Brady and receiver Chad Ochocinco concede there is a lot of work to be done before they can sell their new relationship as a marriage made in heaven.

Although Ochocinco was on the receiving end of an eight-yard TD pass from Brady in Thursday’s 31-14 romp over Tampa Bay, both acknowledged they have a lot of hard work and time to put in before they get sufficiently accustomed to each other.

“It’s like a machine out there and I’m that one part that’s not up with anybody else,” Ochocinco said after it was over. “I got a long way to go, personally.”

It’s a matter of Ochocinco and Brady establishing a comfort level.

“I have to get to the game tempo,” Ochocino said. “I’m behind the 8-ball tremendously. This is different from practice, being in the game. It’s a start, I got a feel for it. It’s like being married. As time goes on you get comfortable and gel and I want to hurry up and get that feeling so I can be me. I gotta get there now. Shoulda been there yesterday.”

Brady already has gifted veteran receivers in Wes Welker and Deion Branch and the addition of Ochocinco was thought to be some added gravy.

Now, it’s a matter of working out the kinks.

“I need them to stay in my ear constantly, especially during the pre-season,” Ochocinco said. “The more I hear, the more I can absorb and become a sponge. The more relaxed I am, the better I play.”

That’s all that Brady wants to hear.

“When we’re in the game, when we’re out of the game on the practice field, in the meeting room, we’re always communicating so that when it does come to game time everyone is really confident in one another and when it comes to game time, you’re really confident in him,” Brady said.

Given the track record of Brady and the Patriots, the chances are better than good they will be able to make it work.


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