Tag:Michael Vick
Posted on: June 25, 2010 2:20 pm

More On Vick B-Day Shooting

David Squires of The Daily Press of Hampton Roads, VA is reporting that the victim in the shooting at Michael Vick’s birthday party may have been Quanis Phillips, a co-defendant in the dog-fighting trial.

Squires’s can best be described as “word on the street”. Here’s what he wrote:

The story goes that Quanis (who showed up uninvited…Vick is not supposed to be associating with any dog-fighting co-defendants)  threatened to smash birthday cake in Vick's face, or that he actually smashed the cake in Vick's face.

Another version is that someone smashed cake in Quanis' face -- or threatened to smash it in his face.

Anyway, the confrontation moved outside -- where I'm told there were several still cameras and video cameras.

Cooler heads did NOT prevail, and 'Q' was shot in the shopping center parking lot.

It is unclear whether Vick was still around at the time of the shooting, but he was definitely not there when police arrived.


--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 11:51 am

A Shooting At Club Hosting Vick's Birthday Party

A shooting occurred during Michael Vick’s 30th birthday party at a Virginia Beach club.

WKTR reports:

Several people who attended the party say that the non-fatal shooting outside Guadalajara, in the 4600 block of Columbus Street in the Town Center of Virginia Beach, occurred at one of a handful of birthday celebrations for Vick last night. Adam Bernstein, spokesman for Virginia Beach police, declined to comment on whether the event at the club was connected to Vick.

The shooting occurred around 2:10 a.m. Bernstein said a fight broke out as the club was closing, and one man was shot. He said the victim had initially declined medical treatment, but he was eventually transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. There was no information on suspects, and Bernstein said the victim and witnesses were "uncooperative."

The Party was “Michael Vick’s All White Bash”. You can see a photo of the invitation here (notice the spelling on Antoine Bethea).

No word on what the NFL’s response will be. Expect this story to grow some serious legs, though.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 6:28 pm

Two stories that make the NFL sad

Some bad PR news for the NFL today.

Story No. 1:
Forbes.com released its list of most-disliked athletes, and those with NFL affiliations sat in four of the top-five places. No. 1 was Eagles QB Michael Vick (for obvious reasons, a 69 percent disapproval rating). No. 2 was Raiders owner Al Davis (66 percent), No. 3 was Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger (a 59 percent disapproval rating, but with the photo the web site ran, that should be closer to 100 percent), and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (53 percent) roped himself into the No. 5 spot. Golfer Tiger Woods, for those who are interested, was No. 4.

I was a little surprised there continues to be such vitriol for Davis. Forbes.com writes he’s “A football owner who's always walked to the beat of his own drum. Davis has signed renegade players and yanked his team back and forth between Oakland and Los Angeles, spurring lawsuits and run-ins with the league. And his ‘Just win, baby’ mantra hasn't been working in recent years.” Yet, this seems like old news to me.

With some smart draft picks this year, Davis has won back a little respect. If the Raiders can improve on their five-win season from a year ago, he might not reside in the top-five for much longer.

The Facts & Rumors blog congratulates all winners.

Story No. 2:
ESPN.com has a story that might make some NFL players awfully nervous. According to investigative reporter Mike Fish , more evidence has been found that link league players with Dr. Anthony Galea, a former team doctor with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts who has been accused of supplying players with the banned substance HGH.

Fish writes:

According to court documents ESPN obtained Monday, the lengthy list of items authorities seized (from Galea during a search of his office in October) includes an "NFL file folder," "Professional Players Journal" and "daytimer with football dates.”

The seven-page document filed with the Canadian court after the execution of the October search warrant does not identify any patients by name.

But the Buffalo News reported last month that WR Santana Moss has been treated by Galea. Are there others who are waiting with bated breath to see if their names are released? The odds say: yes.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 3:24 pm

Andy Reid Opens Up

There is a fantastic feature article from Anthony Gargano on Fanhouse.com today in which Eagle head coach Andy Reid talks in great depth about his experience with having two sons go to prison for drug-related offenses. Britt and Garrett Reid are now both free and taking their first steps in getting their lives on the right track.

In Gargano’s article, Reid opens up about parenting, being a public figure going through family problems and how being an NFL coach factored in with everything. Reid also ties his experience with his sons to working with Michael Vick. Here is an excerpt:

"I think it altered my outlook when it came to Michael Vick," (Reid) says. "I think being a coach helped me with the situation and I also think this situation helped me be a coach. I say that because I'm dealing with all kinds of people here, and listen, when you got 80 guys, they all have families and they have situations they have to deal with. I've seen a few. I'm dealing with people so I see that part of it and I see some of the struggles that some of the players go through.

"I think the actual exposure that I faced and went through for this problem helped me to be more sensitive to their situations. It surely helped me with Michael. Just knowing the phases that he went through, knowing what to look for, and then in return making sure that he stays on top of his game.

"He seemed like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders when he got here. It's hard. You're saying all the right things. But it's an insecure ride the whole way when you get out of jail. He's a different guy today when you talk to him than he was back then. And as long as he keeps his nose clean, he will continue to progress and be better for it down the road."


Posted on: June 18, 2010 8:59 pm

A JaMarcus Russell post, but please read anyway

It’s obvious Russell himself has no future in the NFL. Sure, his arm is a cannon. But so is the rest of him. Like a cannon, Russell is heavy, slow-moving and unable to make quality decisions on his own. At least you can get a cannon to work when you ignite its fuse. Russell? What fuse?

Russell’s football future is clearly the minor leagues. The UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks want him, but sources say that, at this point, the former No. 1 overall pick prefers to continue working out and honing his mechanics in Arizona. Russell still hopes to latch on with an NFL team.

Is it better for a quarterback to try to regain his career via the NFL, or better to go through the minor leagues? The NFL offers more money but less playing time. You’ll get better coaching in the NFL, but you won’t get as much of it. And, again, you won’t get many opportunities to showcase what you’ve learned.

J.P. Losman spent last season in the UFL. He rejoined the NFL as a Raider last year and is now in a third-string role with the Seahawks. Daunte Culpepper, unable to get a genuine shot at a starting job in the NFL, is trying his hand in the CFL (Sacramento Mountain Lions). A lot of people thought Michael Vick should have gone to the UFL last year rather than toil away in near-obscurity with the Eagles. In Vick’s case, the additional playing time of the UFL would have served him well, and he probably would be in contention for a starting job somewhere right now. Of course, keep in mind, Vick is currently the No. 2 quarterback in Philly. That’s a considerably better situation than any of these aforementioned quarterbacks are in.

--Andy Benoit

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