FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Roger Goodell has a friend in Michael Vick.
The Jets quarterback expressed support Thursday for the NFL commissioner, who some believe should be fired in the wake of several domestic violence incidents involving players and the league's handling of some of those cases.
"I think he's doing a great job,'' Vick said. "I think some situations are more complicated than others. You're not going to get it right all the time, the first time. These situations that are arising are situations that we've never dealt with before in the NFL, from a PR standpoint. It's kind of new to everybody. That's why we're talking about it right now.''
On the heels of Ray Rice's indefinite suspension for assault of his then-fiancee and Adrian Peterson's child abuse case, Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer, 27, was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges after he head-butted and punched his wife and threw a shoe at their 17-month-old son in July, police said.
Goodell first came under fire this month when TMZ.com released a video of Rice punching Janay Palmer in the elevator of an Atlantic City hotel in February. Though the league initially suspended Rice for two games for his domestic violence charge -- a punishment that many thought, at the time, wasn't severe enough -- Goodell suspended the Ravens running back indefinitely on Sept. 8.
And since then, the NFL has drawn negative attention for its handling of the cases involving Peterson and Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy.
"It's kind of hard right now,'' Vick said, referring to the state of the NFL. "Hopefully, everything will resume normally in the next couple of months. We just can't continue to feed into it. Every day there's a new story being written about and being talked about. We don't seem to let it go.''
Vick, of course, is no stranger to league punishment. He was suspended indefinitely by the NFL in 2007 because of his involvement in a dogfighting ring and was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison. Goodell lifted Vick's suspension in 2009, allowing him to resume his football career.
Vick said the recent decisions by the Vikings, Panthers and Cardinals to take Peterson, Hardy and Dwyer, respectively, off the active roster is proof that Goodell is doing the right thing.
"You've got to give the man a chance,'' Vick said. "You've got to give everybody a chance to get it right.
"You're not always going to get it right the first time.''