I knew there was going to be trouble when I first picked up on a tweet from Zennie62, editor-in-chief at SBSON.com, that good ole Al Iverson and some buddies were throwing a birthday party in Virginia Beach for Vick’s 30th… Here’s the actual invitation to the party as reported by Zennie:
Newport News’ biggest export, Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick, is returning to his home state for his 30th birthday party – the “All White Birthday Bash.” The former Falcon and Hokie is going to be bringing a few of his celebrity friends along to his party, which is going to be at Guadalajara in Virginia Beach, and you’re all invited! The only catch – make sure youâ€™re only wearing white!
103Jamz’s own DJ Les and MC JaPharii will be providing the soundtrack to the party, and there are a ton of special guests lined up to come, including DeAngelo Hall, LaShawn Merrit, Allen Iverson, Mia Michelle, Delicia Cordon, the De Creme Models, and Pusha T (one of the members of Clipse), whoâ€™s also from the area.
If you want to hang out with this star-studded crew, who will also be decked head – to – toe in their finest white attire, make sure you get your tickets right now, as theyâ€™re selling out as we speak!
Thursday June 24th, at 9pm
Guadalajara Town Center
4611 Columbus Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
General admission $30
Welp, by now you probably know what went down outside the club that night:
Vick Party Ends With Shooting!
To be fair, the whole story has yet to come out. Vick’s lawyer says Mike had already left the party… police are still gathering all the evidence. But at the very least, every Eagles’ fan and even casual NFL observers have to wonder if this event constitutes a violation of Vick’s federal parole…and the possible end of Vick’s New Beginning.
Here’s what Les Bowen has to say about the story based on what we know as of this writing:
This is a post from Les Bowen on the Daily News’ Eagles blog, Eagletarian, at www.eagletarian.com.
The good news for Michael Vick this afternoon might be that the Virginia Beach police say he is “of no interest to us” as they investigate a shooting that occurred early yesterday morning outside a restaurant where Vick reportedly had been celebrating his 30th birthday.
However, given the stringent protocols of Vick’s reinstatement to football last year by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, it might not be a great thing for the Eagles backup quarterback that a man identified by Virginia Beach General Hospital as Quanis Phillips, one of Vick’s 2007 dogfighting codefendants, suffered a nonlifethreatening wound in the incident. Vick is not supposed to associate with anyone from his dogfighting days, after serving more than a year and a half in prison and being released on probation before his reinstatement last year.
Police spokesman Adam Bernstein said his department got a cell-phoned 911 call at 2:11 a.m. from someone who had heard an argument followed by a gunshot in the 4600 block of Columbus Street, in Virginia Beach’s Town Center section. Officers arrived at the Guadalajara nightclub/restaurant and were told the victim had just gotten into a vehicle, to be driven to the hospital. The police stopped the vehicle, Bernstein said, and transported the adult male victim by ambulance to the hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his leg.
Bernstein said the officers’ report characterized the victim as “very uncooperative,” which he said was also the case with other witnesses. Bernstein said all police knew about the shooter was that he was said to be a black male wearing a white tank top, who left in a white Cadillac Escalade.
Hampton Roads (Va.) Daily Press columnist David Squires blogged yesterday that sources told him there was a dispute between Phillips and Vick that involved the smearing of birthday cake, before the shooting.
“The story goes that Quanis threatened to smash birthday cake in Vick’s face, or that he actually smashed the cake in Vick’s face,” Squires wrote. “Another version is that someone smashed cake in Quanis’ face – or threatened to smash it in his face.
“Anyway, the confrontation moved outside – where I’m told there were several still cameras and video cameras.
“Cooler heads did not prevail, and ‘Q’ was shot in the shopping center parking lot.
“It is unclear whether Vick was still around at the time of the shooting, but he was definitely not there when police arrived.”
Another Daily Press report, posted later yesterday, quoted Atlanta Falcons wideout Roddy White as saying he and Vick left the area long before the shooting.
“We were already gone by the time that stuff started happening, so I don’t know what’s going to go on with that or whatever, but we didn’t have anything to do with it,” White said yesterday during a break in the youth football camp being held Hampton University.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is looking into the incident “to determine the facts.” When Goodell allowed Vick to return to the NFL, one part of the letter announcing the decision said: “Needless to say, your margin for error is extremely limited.”
Vick’s agent, Joel Segal, did not respond to a request for comment from the Daily News. Vick attorney Larry Woodward told the Associated Press that Vick was neither involved in, nor present for, the shooting.
The Eagles issued the following statement: “We are aware of the incident that occurred in Virginia early this morning and are in the process of gathering all of the facts. Until then, we will not have any comment on this matter.”
At a football camp he is holding at Hampton University, Vick was asked by a reporter yesterday afternoon whether he had any comment on the incident.
“Watch what you do. Pick and choose your friends carefully. You just can’t put yourself in vulnerable situations,” Vick said.
Too late, Mike.