When Did Vick and His Entourage Leave?
By Lance Epstein
Either Michael Vick does not know how to read a clock or time really flies when he is having fun? Today, new evidence surfaced that reveals Vick and “his entourage” left club Guadalajara moments before a shooting that took place and not way before the incident occurred like has been originally reported.
Allen Fabijan, a spokesman for club Guadalajara told The Daily Press (Newport News, VA.) that surveillance videos [which the restaurant/nightclub turned over to the Virginia Beach police on Tuesday] show Vick and his friends leaving Vick’s 30th birthday party only a few minutes before the shooting occurred.
"I'm not saying that Michael Vick did the shooting. But he did not leave [long] before," Fabijan said to the Virginia based newspaper.
The new evidence handed over to the police contradicts what Vick's attorney, Larry Woodward and former Atlanta Falcon teammate Roddy White have said. Both have claimed and told the police that Vick left long before the shooting of Quanis Phillips on early Friday morning. While visual facts reveals that Vick and "his entourage" may have been caught in a lie, Woodward still stands by the original story and gives warning to those spreading rumors.
"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," Woodward said to The Daily Press. "Anyone who says any different better be very careful."
Even with Woodward's strong belief and words to the wise, Vick could be in serious trouble of violating his probation due to the skirmish. The U.S. Attorney's Office failed to comment on the status of Vick's probation, but if he is found to be in the wrong, his days as a NFL quarterback and free man could be over.
Still, Woodward is adamant about his client not having any ties to the shooting, which still appears to be true. However, it starts becoming harder and harder to believe his client when new video evidence challenges his initial story. Furthermore, Vick's image, which was not great before this situation might have taken another significant blow.
Additionally, it is not only Vick's imagine that is only the line and being tarnished with this state of affairs; it is also the Philadelphia Eagles organization’s image as well. Before this unpleasant incident many Eagles and NFL fans hated the idea of Vick getting a second chance after his heinous crimes against dogs. His signing led to multiple protests and the Eagles took the public relations hit.
Now, this incident destroys some of the franchise’s credibility and gives it a black eye because they vouched for the fact that Vick was a changed man. That he had turned over a new leaf and would be a model citizen. To the Eagles' credit, it appeared as if he was rededicated to the game of football by finally putting in the hours it took to improve his craft. Unfortunately, Vick seems to be reverting back to his vintage ways by not keeping a low profile and placing himself in bad situations.
Additionally, Vick has to know that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has his ears and eyes glued to the television set because this shooting does not reflect well on the NFL. In addition, this is not the first time that Vick has tried to lie and weasel his way out of trouble. During the investigation of the dog fighting scandal, Vick lie to Goodell's face about his involvement.
This shooting is not something that Goodell is going to take lightly, especially if Vick did not learn his lesson the first time about lying. For Vick, he should expect a meeting with Goodell over the next couple weeks about his NFL future.