- The Washington Times - Friday, July 24, 2009

Two people familiar with the meeting said Michael Vick and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell talked Wednesday at a security firm in New Jersey.

Vick and three members of his team, including agent Joel Segal, attended the meeting with Goodell, according to two people who requested anonymity because the NFL has not acknowledged the meeting.

SI.com first reported that Vick and Goodell had met.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined to confirm the meeting when contacted by the Associated Press on Thursday.

Goodell suspended Vick indefinitely after the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback admitted bankrolling a dogfighting operation. Goodell has said Vick must show remorse and signs that he has changed before he would consider reinstating him.

Earlier Thursday, the blog thebiglead.com had reported Vick spent his first night of freedom at a Virginia Beach strip club.

The blog quoted a DJ, who refused to be identified, who said Vick was at the club with NBA free agent Allen Iverson. Leon Rose, Iverson’s agent, said Iverson hasn’t seen Vick since his release.

STEELERS: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger vowed to fight a Lake Tahoe casino hostess’s rape allegations against him, calling them “false and vicious.”

Roethlisberger was served with a civil lawsuit last weekend when he returned to Lake Tahoe, where a 31-year-old Nevada woman says the quarterback raped her in a hotel penthouse in July 2008. Roethlisberger was in Nevada on both occasions to compete in a celebrity golf event.

The woman did not file a criminal complaint.

“Saturday was the first I heard of her accusations,” Roethlisberger said. “Her false and vicious allegations are an attack on my family and on me. I would never, ever force myself on a woman.”

DRAFT: The NFL is making its already popular draft even more television-friendly, moving the first round to Thursday night.

Next year’s draft will switch from a two-day, weekend format to a three-day event with the opening round in prime time for the first time.

The NFL said the first round will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 22. The second and third rounds will start at 6:30 p.m. Friday, with the last four rounds beginning Saturday morning.

VIKINGS: Coach Brad Childress said he isn’t taking anything for granted when it comes to Brett Favre’s possible arrival in Minnesota.

Childress told the Associated Press that he knows Favre eventually will give him an answer about playing for the Vikings this season. But the coach does not know when that will come, and he doesn’t know “whether it’s ‘I’m in’ or ‘I’m out.’ ”

Favre told the AP last week that he will make a decision by the time the Vikings report to training camp July 30.

Also, the Vikings signed cornerback Antoine Winfield to a five-year contract extension.

Winfield was heading into the final year of his contract and negotiations stretched into the summer. That prompted Winfield to skip the team’s optional workouts. He also missed a mandatory minicamp in June.

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