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Public party invited trouble


So there was a birthday party for Mike Vick - a player who's shown no sign of regaining whatever it was that led the Atlanta Falcons and Nike to reward him with close to $200 million worth of contracts - and someone was shot.

Well, not just someone; it was one of Vick's co-defendants from The Bad Newz Kennels crew that changed the perception of Vick forever.

Now, according to reports, Vick wasn't there when the shooting occurred, and to some, him being out of sight means he's out of mind as well. If he wasn't there, there's no reason to implicate Vick in the shooting. That's all fine and good, but what about this: Why in the hell was a member of his old crew at his birthday party to begin with?
Granted, the party was a "pay at the door" event, complete with tickets, meaning an invite from Vick wasn't necessary. But let's be realistic here: if you want to avoid drama, is having an open-to-the-public birthday party in your old stomping grounds, an area still populated by old friends and the previous troubles associated with them, the best idea; especially if the stomping grounds are in the area of where your spectacular fall from grace occurred?

Seems like a great way to invite drama into your life, especially if you are an infamous figure of society.

Perhaps I'm just being old-fashioned, but I don't see the need for such extravagant, manufactured attempts at celebrating, especially if I'm trying to put such an ugly past behind me. A simple night at home with loved ones and a nice dinner would seem sufficient, but again, maybe I'm just getting old.

Old man sensibilities aside, if you want to avoid trouble, perhaps setting up an inviting beacon in the area where your previous trouble were born just seems haphazard and completely without forethought.

Whatever the case, the incident will soon be forgotten, especially now that Vick isn't a suspect. It's doubtful the Philadelphia Eagles will be concerned about Vick's birthday party because they are more concerned about what they can get out of him as a football player.

If last year was any indication, I wouldn't expect to see Vick under center as a starter ever again. This rings even truer in Philadelphia, especially when you consider Andy Reid's propensity to throw the ball - never Vick's strength, even at the top of his game. If his speed is still available, something last year did not reveal one way or another, perhaps Vick could make a nice living as a situational weapon or a decoy.

Putting the ball in Vick's hands during a goal-line situation with options he can pitch to isn't a bad idea - especially if his speed still exists - but depending on him to lead a team to the postseason seems foolhardy at best.

By Chris Richardson  |  June 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  | Category:  Crime , Michael Vick , NFL Rules , Philadelphia Eagles , Quarterbacks , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Michael Vick's cousin and Thursday night shooting victim Quanis Phillips smashed cake in Vick's face after Michael and his brother Marcus told Phillips to leave Vick's birthday party last week.
Phillips was told to leave because associating with him is a violation of Vick's parole. "Michael didn't react, I was surprised," said a witness of the cake smashing. Marcus Vick did get "very agitated," and Phillips was later shot in the leg outside the nightclub. Since Phillips was not an invited guest and Michael Vick had no role in the shooting, he should avoid NFL discipline.

Posted by: gokusc1 | June 29, 2010 10:38 PM

But if Chris Richardson is correct, this "party" was a pay at the door event with tickets--you didn't need an invitation. I presume Phillips simply came there to get up in Vick's face, but that doesn't really matter. Why would a man on probation for serious felonies throw this kind of "party?"

Posted by: jhpurdy | June 30, 2010 11:49 AM

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