Michael Vick won’t be punished by NFL for birthday party shooting

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)

Michael Vick can breathe easy, as the NFL has completed its investigation of the shooting that occurred following his 30th birthday party in Virginia Beach early last month and will not punish the Eagles’ QB.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Quanis Phillips, one of Vick’s codefendants in the dogfighting ring, was shot in the leg outside the party.

Virginia Beach police say they know the identity of the shooter but cannot file charges because witnesses are uncooperative.

Vick has not been implicated and his attorney has said he was gone from the scene before the shooting took place.

Vick was never a suspect in the shooting, but there was some question over whether or not he violated his probation by hanging out with a co-defendant from his dog fighting trial.

In the end, it appears as though the NFL couldn’t justify punishing him without more facts, which was the right course of action. Phillips could have been an unwanted guest and could have showed up at the party uninvited. As I wrote when this news broke, it’s not a crime to celebrate your birthday and if Vick had no idea that Phillips would show up, then it wouldn’t be fair for the NFL to punish him.

That said, Vick is still fortunate that this situation didn’t turn ugly for him. He’s already on thin ice as it is and one slip up could cost him the rest of his career, or whatever career he has left. It would be wise for him to keep a low profile from here on out.

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