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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Vick: “There should of never been a party”

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 06:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on from the sidelines during their 34-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 6, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Michael Vick, whose grammar is really, really good, told Fox 29 in Philadelphia that he should “of” never held the birthday party that resulted in Quanis Phillips being shot in the leg.

“There should of never been a party,” Vick said.

On June 25, Quanis Phillips was shot early shortly after 2 a.m. outside a club called Guadalajara in Virginia Beach, where a 30th birthday party was being thrown for Vick. Phillips had been a co-defendant in Vick’s dog-fighting case.

Virginia Beach police have closed the case and say Vick is not a suspect . The shooting also led to the NFL and the Philadelphia Eagles to start their own fact-gathering effort about the party.

Vick has said in statements that he was not at the scene of the shooting and was not involved in any way.

Vick is also set to appear at another “birthday” event next weekend as he hosts a charity golf event run by a nightclub outside Atlanta.

Whether you host a party at a nightclub or do it form the comforts of your own home, there’s no law against celebrating your birthday. But all of this sounds way too familiar.

He shouldn’t have fought dogs. He shouldn’t have held a party. He shouldn’t have contracted herpes. He’s the king of hindsight.

If he hasn’t learned now that he’ll forever be in the public eye, then he never will. It can’t be too hard to just lay low, but maybe for him it is.

Police identify shooter in Vick investigation

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on from the sideline in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News, the Virginia Beach Police have identified who shot Quanis Phillips the night of Michael Vick’s 30th birthday party and also announced that the Eagles’ quarterback is not a suspect.

The police have identified the shooter, but cannot charge the suspect because the victim and various witnesses have been uncooperative. The statement went on to say that there are no other suspects, including Vick.

Here’s the Virginia Beach police statement in its entirety, released by spokesman Adam Bernstein:

“Investigators were able to determine the identity of the shooter. Unfortunately because of the lack of cooperation from the victim, coupled with the reluctance of witnesses, the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, upon reviewing all of the evidence, has determined that no charges will be filed in this case at this time. Because the suspect will not be charged, his identity cannot be released by police. There are no other suspects in this case, including Michael Vick.”

It appears that Vick is in the clear, although don’t forget that at one point during his dog fighting investigation it seemed as if he was going to dodge punishment, too. I doubt the Eagles will release him at this point, but you never know.

My question is, will the league take action against him for associating with Phillips, who was one of the co-defendants from his dog fighting case? If they do, it’s going to be pretty hard for Roger Goodell to determine that Phillips wasn’t just an unwanted guest crashing the party. And in that case, Vick did nothing wrong.

Eagles have options if they eventually decide to dump Michael Vick

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on from the sideline in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Over the weekend, the Associated Press reported that the Eagles were seriously considering dumping Michael Vick, although the rumor was quickly denied by reputable NFL insiders Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN, as well as the team itself.

But what if the Eagles decided to part ways with Vick in wake of his latest off-field situation? Would they be comfortable releasing him with no veteran to backup the inexperienced Kevin Kolb next season?

Considering Vick was mostly used out of the Wildcat formation last year, the answer to that question is easy. Jeff Garcia, the veteran QB who has history with the Eagles, would be the most logical option if Vick were released. Garcia is already well versed in Andy Reid’s offense and despite his weak arm strength, he’s a better passing quarterback than Vick, who may have a rocket attached to his left shoulder but whose accuracy remains a major issue.

Another option the Eagles might have is one that was brought up by ESPN and that’s Troy Smith, who probably could be had for the right price. The former Heisman Trophy winner is rotting behind Joe Flacco in Baltimore and would like the opportunity to start somewhere else. Kolb is entrenched as the starter right now in Philly, but that doesn’t mean Smith wouldn’t have the opportunity to unseat him if he starts to struggle at any point during the season.

The point is that Vick isn’t worth the trouble for the Eagles. Reid’s experiment with him in the Wildcat last year often produced poor results and at 30 year’s old, it’s not like the former No. 1 overall pick has regained his lightening-quick speed. (He’s reportedly in better shape than he was last year, but that doesn’t mean he’s the athlete he once was.)

I would stop short of calling Vick expendable, but he’s certainly not worth the headache if he gets into even an ounce of trouble with the league over the Quanis Phillips shooting. And truth be told, the Eagles missed out on a golden opportunity to trade him this offseason by asking for a second round pick (which was way too high) in exchange for his services.

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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