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Michael Vick didn't shoot anyone.
He went to a birthday party -- his birthday party -- and he left.
At the time he left, no one had pulled a gun. No one had been shot. Nothing of interest had happened. Some time after he left, someone was shot.
Vick wasn't around. He was long gone. For all we know, he was at home making cookies when someone was shot.
Why any of us have any interest in this is because, as I understand it, the person who was shot was one of Vick's co-defendants in the dogfighting case a couple years back.
As I further understand it, as part of his probation Vick is prohibited from consorting with that individual. And as I understand further, Vick and that individual in fact were not together that night. That individual showed up at the restaurant after Vick had left.
So what does this tell incident us? Well, it may tell us quite a bit about that other individual, but it doesn't tell us much about Vick.
Vick appears to be complying with the terms of his probation. Moreover, this isn't a case of Vick being in the wrong place at the wrong time, which itself can be troubling. No, he was in the right place at the right time -- he wasn't there at the time of the shooting.
We all have stories we can tell where we just missed some event. You know what I mean. There was a car accident at an intersection minutes after you crossed it. There was a robbery at a bank an hour after you made a deposit. Those incidents say nothing about us.
And, unless there's something more to the story, a shooting at a restaurant where Vick wasn't present tells us nothing about Vick other than that he apparently is complying with the terms of his probation. That's a good thing. He's steering clear of trouble, even if trouble nearly found him. It was a close call, yes, but a close call that may serve to keep him on the right track.
Now, what does this incident say about whether he will ever be a starting QB in the NFL again? Nothing.
Sure, he may start a few games here or there when the starter is injured, but it seems unlikely he will be a regular starting quarterback again. It has nothing to do with the incident after his birthday party. It has everything to do with the fact he's hardly touched a football in a few years now. And a few years means a lot in the NFL.
June 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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