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June 28, 2010
Commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL is "still gathering the facts" about a shooting outside a restaurant hosting a party thrown for Eagles quarterback Michael Vick's 30th birthday last Thursday in Virginia Beach, Va., according to a Fox Sports report. The shooting victim, Quanis Phillips, was a co-defendant in the dogfighting case that caused Vick's 1 1/2-year incarceration and 34-game NFL suspension. Phillips was hospitalized Thursday night and discharged Friday. Goodell confirmed what police told the Daily News on Friday, that Vick "is not a focus" of the ongoing investigation.
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July 1, 2010
MICHAEL VICK should know that his job is to make judgment calls, on and off the field. On the field, it's about when and where and to whom he should pass the ball. But his contract also covers the kind of judgment calls he needs to make about when and where and with whom he should associate off the field. For Vick, there is the added burden of his parole, which prohibits him from associating with known felons. That includes his cousin and co-defendant Quanis Phillips. So far, it appears that Vick had no active role in the shooting incident that marred his birthday celebration on Friday.
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August 15, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Attorneys for Michael Vick are involved in plea negotiations with federal prosecutors, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, citing a person close to the situation, reported yesterday. The newspaper said an agreement could be reached before new dogfighting charges are brought against Vick. A spokesman for Vick's lawyers declined comment yesterday on the reports by the Journal-Constitution and other media outlets, and that Vick faced a Friday deadline to either accept a deal or face additional charges.
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August 18, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Michael Vick's last two co-defendants pleaded guilty yesterday at federal court in Richmond, Va., and implicated Vick in bankrolling gambling on dogfights. One said the Atlanta Falcons quarterback helped drown or hang dogs that didn't do well. With his NFL career in jeopardy and a superseding indictment adding more charges in the works, Vick faces a hard choice: Cutting his own deal to hold jail time under a year or go to trial and sit through detailed descriptions of the ghastly operation known as "Bad Newz Kennels.
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December 1, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
A federal judge in Richmond, Va., made clear his disdain for animal cruelty when he sentenced two of Michael Vick's dogfighting cohorts - one receiving 18 months in prison, the other and 21 months. "You may have thought this was sporting, but it was very callous and cruel," Judge Henry Hudson told Quanis Phillips, of Atlanta, who received the longer sentence. The prison terms for Phillips and Purnell Peace, of Virginia Beach, are a little longer than prosecutors recommended, but less than the 5-year maximum Hudson could have imposed.
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March 29, 2011 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The NFL and Roger Goodell may have their draft day Kodak moment, after all. The players' association will not have an alternative event go head-to-head against the NFL on the first night of the draft, although the union - technically now a trade association - has said that it prefers that prospects not attend the televised affair at Radio City Music Hall. Instead of interfering with the draft - scheduled for April 28-30 - the NFLPA is planning several appearances and receptions that "will not conflict with the evening broadcasts of the NFL draft," according to a release.
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July 7, 2010 | FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
The lead prosecutor in Virginia Beach, Va., told the Associated Press Wednesday night that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was involved in a confrontation before the shooting following his recent birthday party. Commonwealth's Attorney Harvey L. Bryant told the AP in a telephone interview that Vick was not involved in the shooting and that he left the nightclub "in the 3 to 5 minute range" before it occurred. Bryant would not go into detail about the confrontation but said there was no evidence that Vick was involved in "anything that would amount to aggressive or assaultive conduct.
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July 7, 2010 | By MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
The Virginia Beach police say they are done with Michael Vick, and, maybe, done with the case that might have cost Vick his second chance in the NFL. Police said reluctant witnesses and an uncooperative shooting victim have convinced the prosecutor's office not to press charges against the shooter - even though they know who the shooter is. It wasn't Vick, according to a police statement. It happened about 2 a.m. on June 25 near a club in Vick's old stomping grounds, where Vick was attending a 30th birthday party thrown in his honor.
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June 30, 2010 | Daily News Staff and Wire Reports
A spokesman for the Virginia Beach, Va., restaurant/bar where a 30th birthday party was held for Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said the establishment has surveillance video that conflicts with the account of Vick's attorney of the moments before a shooting early Friday morning. A man identified in media reports as Quanis Phillips was shot in the leg as the party was breaking up. Vick's attorney, Larry Woodward, said Phillips, a co-defendant of Vick's during his 2007 dogfighting case, was an uninvited guest who was thrown out of the party before the shooting.
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July 8, 2010 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The lead prosecutor in Virginia Beach, Va., told the Associated Press on Wednesday night that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was involved in a confrontation before the shooting following his recent birthday party. Commonwealth's Attorney Harvey L. Bryant told the AP in a telephone interview that Vick was not involved in the shooting and that he left the nightclub "in the three-to-five minute range" before it occurred. Bryant would not go into detail about the confrontation, but said there was no evidence that Vick was involved in "anything that would amount to aggressive or assaultive conduct.
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March 24, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Michael Vick moved north to the New York Jets Friday night after an improbable five-year journey in Philadelphia. It started with a cold reception from Jeffrey Lurie and ended with the owner making a glowing statement about the quarterback whose signing created a nationwide controversy. So now that it's over, what should we make of it all? "Much ado about mediocrity" would probably be the most fitting headline. Vick was here for 80 regular-season games. He started half of them and won half of the 40 he started.
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March 29, 2011 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The NFL and Roger Goodell may have their draft day Kodak moment, after all. The players' association will not have an alternative event go head-to-head against the NFL on the first night of the draft, although the union - technically now a trade association - has said that it prefers that prospects not attend the televised affair at Radio City Music Hall. Instead of interfering with the draft - scheduled for April 28-30 - the NFLPA is planning several appearances and receptions that "will not conflict with the evening broadcasts of the NFL draft," according to a release.
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February 18, 2011 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
Michael Vick finally figured out how to slide to avoid a big hit. The Eagles quarterback reversed himself, telling producers for The Oprah Winfrey Show that, come to think of it, he isn't ready for a sit-down with Herself next week. These are interesting times for the Eagles and their newly franchise-tagged quarterback. The team took a relatively small financial risk when the shocking decision was made to sign Vick two summers ago. The much larger risk was the public-relations storm that followed the signing.
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November 24, 2010 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, Michael Vick recounts in detail his 30th birthday party in Virginia Beach during which one of the codefendants in his dogfighting case was shot, the aftermath of the incident when he thought his NFL career was "done," and his decision to leave his hometown "madness" after the shooting. For the fourth time in his career, Vick is on the cover of SI. The issue hits newsstands on Wednesday. The cover photo shows the Eagles quarterback staring straight ahead with his helmet perched on his head.
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September 22, 2010 | Daily News Staff
Early 2001   Michael Vick, Quanis Phillips and Tony Taylor decide to start an illegal dogfighting operation. Later that year, Purnell Peace joins the venture.   2002-07   Vick and his co-defendants establish "Bad Newz Kennels," host dogfights and participate in fights in other states.   April 25, 2007   Police raid Vick's Virginia property and find several neglected pit bulls and evidence of dogfighting.   June 7, 2007   Federal investigators raid Vick's property.
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August 5, 2010 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Jeff Lurie says he deals in "the facts" when it comes to Michael Vick's birthday bash at the OK Corral, and that's fine. It just makes you wonder why he doesn't seem that concerned with knowing the facts, let alone sharing those facts with the people who support his team. The Eagles owner said Wednesday he didn't know "whatsoever" whether Vick violated terms of his release from prison by interacting with his old dogfighting pal Quanis Phillips on the night that ended with Phillips' getting shot in the leg. "The people that did the investigations, they know the facts," Lurie said.
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August 5, 2010 | By LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
BETHLEHEM - The thing many people have been seeking from Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie is an explanation of how the Michael Vick birthday party shooting business fits with what Lurie said last year, right after he stunned the fan base by signing a just-released-from-prison quarterback. A year ago, Lurie talked of how easily the Vick signing could be undone, if he were disappointed by Vick's behavior. Lurie spoke of "soul-searching" on his part, provoked by having been asked to "approve something that you completely find despicable and anathema.
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August 5, 2010 | By Jeff McLane and Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writers
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said Michael Vick showed a lapse in judgment in hosting a June birthday party that ended in gunfire but was not guilty of any "wrongdoing" and therefore did not deserve to be punished. Lurie, who a year ago said Vick had "no room for error," told reporters Wednesday that if any of the investigations by the team, the NFL, probation officials, and the Virginia authorities had showed "any wrongdoing" then "there would have been no tolerance for that.
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August 4, 2010 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - You can tell Roger Goodell and the Eagles are wrong about Michael Vick by the knots they twist themselves into while trying to justify their actions - and inaction. The NFL commissioner dropped into Eagles camp Tuesday afternoon along with John Madden in some rock star's tour bus. Goodell included Lehigh University on his tour of training camps partly so he could meet with Vick about his ill-fated June birthday party. Goodell then proceeded to contort himself into a variety of knots during a 15-minute news conference.
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