Monday, June 28, 2010

Eagles address Vick situation

Embattled Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was reportedly at a Virginia Beach nightclub celebrating his birthday on Friday when a shooting erupted.

Several news outlets identified the shooting victim as Quanis Phillips, one of the co-defendants in the federal dogfighting case that landed Vick an 18-month federal prison sentence.

Phillips was treated and released at an area hospital.

Larry Woodward, one of Vick's attorneys in his dogfighting case, said Vick had already left when the shooting took place about 2 a.m. Friday outside the Guadalajara.

Whether Vick was present at the time of the shooting or not, the incident certainly cements concerns on his decision-making. Returning to Virginia Beach to party with people from his checkered past could be a violation of his federal probation and enough to warrant another suspension from the NFL.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Sunday that the league is continuing its investigation into the shooting. Goodell told Vick last July he had "little margin for error" when he reinstated him following a 20-month sentence for a federal dogfighting conviction and he specifically warned the signal caller to be careful regarding whom he associated with.

"Obviously, we've got to look and see whether there was any violation of policy," Goodell told Fox.

The Eagles are taking the wait and see approach.

"We are aware of the incident that occurred in Virginia early [Friday] morning and are in the process of gathering all of the facts," the team said in a statement. "Until then, we will not have any comment on this matter."

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