Report: Vick can’t leave the state of Pennsylvania

Nov 29, 2009 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback MICHAEL VICK prior to the game against the Washington Redskins.

According to a report by ESPN.com, probation officials have barred Michael Vick from traveling out of Pennsylvania in the wake of a shooting that occurred last month outside of a club following his 30th birthday party.

Vick, who must have his travel plans approved, missed schedule appearances this weekend at a football camp in Baltimore and a golf tournament in Atlanta as he stayed in Philadelphia, Judy Smith told WCAU-TV, an NBC affiliate.
While the situation is not unusual as a possible probation violation is investigated, it was unclear how it could impact Vick’s travel with the Eagles this season. The team’s training camp is set to start in full July 29 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., 60 miles north of Philadelphia.

The lead city prosecutor in Virginia Beach, Va., said Wednesday that Vick was involved in a confrontation before the shooting.

That would be interesting if Vick couldn’t travel on the road this season with the Eagles because he has to stay in the state of Pennsylvania. Something tells me it won’t come to that (I would think that Vick would get the ok to go on the road for “work”), but it’s an interesting situation that is worth following over the next couple of months.

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Police change their tune, not ready to rule Vick out as a person of interest in shooting

Michael Vick isn’t out of the woods yet. He was a person of “no interest” to police in the shooting of Quanis Phillips, but video surveillance taken the night of the incident has put his involvement in question.

Vick told police that he was “long gone” by the time the shooting took place outside a club in which he was celebrating his 30th birthday late last week. But video shows him leaving the club just three minutes before the shooting took place, which casts some doubt in what the quarterback said in interviews with authorities.

Now police don’t know what to call Vick, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. They’re not ready to deem him a suspect or even an accomplice to the shooting, but as they’re gathering more facts, they’re changing their tune in terms of whether or not he’s a person of interest.

“Right now, we don’t really have a title for him,” police spokesman Adam Bernstein told the Daily News yesterday.

“We didn’t know anything” when they were asked Friday morning about their interest in Vick’s involvement in the shooting, Bernstein said.

“Since then, we have viewed this video. And more people have come forward, giving information,” Bernstein said.

The Daily News is also reporting that Vick’s federal probation officer in Norfolk is also investigating the incident as well to see if the quarterback was in violation of his probation. So even if Vick isn’t charged by the police for having a connection in the shooting, it doesn’t mean that he will escape all punishment.

And wouldn’t that be something. It’s been roughly a year since he was released from prison and he’s already in hot water again with the law.


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Did Michael Vick lie to investigators about when he left party?

Michael Vick and his attorney may have some explaining to do about the details surrounding the night Quanis Phillips was shot.

According to Vick’s lawyer, Larry Woodward, Phillips (a co-defendant in Vick’s dog fighting case) was an uninvited guest at the quarterback’s party. Woodward also states that Vick was “long gone” before Phillips was shot in the leg, but surveillance video suggests otherwise.

From the Philadelphia Daily News:

Allen Fabijan, a spokesman for the bar-restaurant, the Guadalajara, told the Daily Press, of the Newport News-Hampton area, that the video was turned over to Virginia Beach police yesterday morning. Fabijan told the newspaper that Vick “and his entourage” were in two cars that left the front of the restaurant at 2:07 a.m. He said shots rang out 3 minutes later.

“I’m not saying that Michael Vick did the shooting. But he did not leave [long] before,” Fabijan said.

Woodward, reached yesterday by the Daily Press, said: “I stand by what I said, that Michael was long gone before the shooting, does not know who did the shooting and had nothing to do with the shooting. Anyone who says any different better be very careful.”

The plot thickens.

Vick (or more specifically, his attorney) isn’t the only one on record saying that he was long gone before the shooting, as Falcons’ receiver Roddy White also supports those claims. Could this be a situation of mistaken identity or is Vick/Woodward lying about when the quarterback left the party?

Either way, it still doesn’t mean that Vick was involved in the shooting or knows who pulled the trigger. But if video surveillance disproves his story, then this could open up an entirely new can of worms.


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Jaguars to pursue Michael Vick?

Sam Farmer of the LA Times writes on his Twitter page that the possibility of free agent quarterback Michael Vick signing with the Jaguars “is looking more and more real.”

While I question how a writer from the LA Times would know that Vick could sign with the Jaguars (it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to think Farmer has a contact in Jax, I guess) Jacksonville does make sense as a possible landing spot for the criminal. (Too harsh? No? Okay.)

There were rumors around draft time that the Jags would take a quarterback with the No. 8 pick in the first round, but instead decided to upgrade their offensive line when Eugene Monroe fell to them at that spot. Some pundits believe that David Garrard’s time is running out in Jacksonville, although he was hardly to blame for the injuries that ransacked the offensive line last year and completely hindered the Jags’ offensive success.

Still, a little competition never hurt anybody and Garrard’s backup is 37-year-old journeyman Todd Bouman, so maybe Vick is a great fit for the Jags. (Although it should be noted that Jacksonville’s beat writer Michael C. Wright reports that Vick’s name hasn’t come up once during meetings between him and team brass.)

In other Vick news, the Redskins, Seahawks, Bengals, Bills, 49ers and Rams have already stated that they’re not interested in the free agent QB.

Falcons, Vick reach a settlement on contract grievance

The Falcons and suspended quarterback Michael Vick have reached a settlement regarding a grievance that the team filed against him for a breach of contract.

Under the settlement, Vick has agreed to pay the Falcons $7.5 million if the team wins an appeal in the Eighth Circuit Court and $6.5 million if the court upholds U.S. District Judge David Doty’s decision that Vick is only liable for $3.75 million.

The settlement should pave the way for Vick’s imminent release from the team. He has remained under contract with the team while serving a 21-month prison term for his 2007 conviction for bankrolling a dogfighting operation.

In the settlement reached last week, sources say that Vick agreed to let the appeals court make a ruling but would only pay a maximum of $7.5 million and a minimum of $6.5 million. The appeals court is expected to rule no later than June.

While it’ll be nice for the Falcons to get some money back from Vick, from a fan’s perspective the question becomes, does the team get any cap relief in this settlement? Atlanta catches a break in terms of the salary cap with Vick being suspended and he’ll never see the money owed to him in 2010 through 2012 because the Falcons will eventually release him, but what about 2009? If commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t suspend him again once he’s out of prison, then Vick is owed $9 million in 2009, plus another $6.43 million in roster bonuses. Can the Falcons apply the $7.5 million they will/could get in the contract settlement towards that lofty cap number in 2009? Or do they still have to eat his salary because they’re releasing him? Is there life on other planets? What’s the meaning of life? Did a comet really kill all the dinosaurs or was it all just a part of evolution?

I need a drink.

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