In the early morning hours of June 25, a shooting occurred outside the Guadalajara Nightclub in Virginia Beach. Doesn’t seem especially newsworthy, right? Well it just so happens that Michael Vick was celebrating his 30th birthday at that very location — and on that very night.
Police continue to investigate, but they have apparently determined Vick was not present when the shooting occurred and they do not consider him “a person of interest” in the shooting. However, the story does not end there.
David Squires at the Daily Press reports that an unnamed eyewitness — with whom he spoke — claims the shooting victim, none other than Quanis Phillips, a Vick co-defendant in his dog fighting case, was responsible for getting some birthday cake on Vick’s face. Allegedly, this is the incident from which the shooting stems.
Squires reports Vick’s fiancé, Kijafa Frink, started to feed Vick a piece of cake when Phillips either slapped or tapped her hand, which resulted in some icing getting on Vick’s face. Words were exchanged, but the eyewitness could not discern whether or not the incident was in jest.
A number of news outlets have confirmed Phillips was the person shot, despite police never releasing his name. Why is this such an important point?Per terms of his signing with the Philadelphia Eagles, Vick is to have no association with any of his dog fighting cohorts. Well, that agreement has obviously been broken.
On Monday, Vick and his lawyer, Larry Woodward, voluntarily went to Virginia Beach Police to give a statement. Woodward claims Vick left the nightclub at least ten minutes, and perhaps as many as twenty minutes, before the shooting.
But it seems Woodward didn’t consider the power of video.
One of the nightclub owners turned over surveillance tape to authorities on Tuesday, showing Vick leaving in his limousine only three minutes before the shooting.
The point in question is not at all if Vick did the shooting. What now needs to be determined is if he and his lawyer lied. And Vick has a bad history of lying — if you recall — to authorities and his previous team, the Atlanta Falcons.
Also important to note, it’s not just a Vick/Eagles deal the quarterback may have broken. A felon on probation is not allowed to fraternize with other felons. This does not apply only to Vick, but to every convicted felon.
What does apply solely to Vick is that, as mentioned above, when he was reinstated into the NFL, Vick promised to cut all ties with his dog fighting cohorts. When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodall reinstated Vick last year, he told him “Needless to say your margin of error is extremely limited.”
It is yet to be seen how Goodall will measure that margin.
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And stay tuned to Care2 as we’ll closely follow this story as it develops.
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