Roddy White was at Vick’s camp before the shooting

Ovie Mughelli, Atlanta Falcons starting Fullback and Eco-Athlete, is welcomed by Green activist, Former Vice President Al Gore during his recent environmental seminar in Atlanta to discuss "Solutions to the Climate Crisis".  Phot by Chris Savas.

Ovie Mughelli, Atlanta Falcons starting Fullback and Eco-Athlete, is welcomed by Green activist, Former Vice President Al Gore during his recent environmental seminar in Atlanta to discuss "Solutions to the Climate Crisis". Phot by Chris Savas.

UPDATE

Falcons Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White attended Michael Vick’s football camp at Hampton University on Thursday but was not at a party later that night when a shooting took place.

“Just got off the plane. Goin(g) to Mike Vick’s football camp in VA. Should be good,” White tweeted at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday off his Twitter.com account.

Later, at 11: 05 he tweeted, “Camp was nice. It was hot, but fun.”

Jonathan Feinsod spoke to White’s mother and she said Roddy was fine. He wasn’t sure if White was in Virginia or back in Atlanta, but he was not present at the time of the shooting.

“Roddy is pretty loyal to his friends,” Feinsod said on Friday. “I’m sure he wasn’t involved in anything.”

Several Virginia media outlets have reported that Quanis Phillips, one of Vick’s co-defendants in the federal dogfighting trial, was shot after a birthday party for Vick after 2 a.m. Friday morning.

Lawrence Woodward, Vick’s attorney, said his client was not involved or present during the shooting.

Former Falcon DeAngelo Hall was listed as one o f the “invited” guests on the flyer for the party. But Friday evening he tweeted that he wasn’t there.

“I understand I was mentioned as a special ‘invited’ guest to attend, but as most of you know I’ve been on vacation with my family,” Hall sent in a tweet at 3:49 on Friday.

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BIRDLAND – Some of the Falcons are spreading out across the country and working at some football camps this weekend.

Wide receiver Roddy White is off to Virgina to take part in Michael Vick’s camp.

Fullback Ovie Mughelli is hosting a free camp in Charleston, S.C.

This will be be Mughelli’s second camp of the year, merging Eco and Fitness for its Football Camp and Environmental

Will Roddy White do a flip for the kids at Michael Vick's camp in Virginia this weekend.

Will Roddy White do a flip for the kids at Michael Vick's camp in Virginia this weekend.

Workshop taking place at Garrett Academy of Technology. He had a camp last month in Atlanta.

“I want to provide great skill training for our youth to enjoy football while also a chance to educate them to go Green,” Mughelli said. “The focus of the Ovie Mughelli Foundation is to grow in partnership and support to create quality programs to empower our youth.”

• Local high school coaches, local college football players, along with NFL’s Verron Haynes, Willie Whitehead, and others will be hands-on

• Key Environmental leaders, including Captain Planet Foundation, Jim Ellis Audi Atlanta, and Maximus Solar

• Environmental workshop highlight, includes contructing a solarized home for family of four where the kids will have the opportunity to help paint, place vinyl and test the solar panels. This home is a demo of what is being used to service Haiti families.

For more information about the Ovie Mughelli Foundation on supporting current and future programs, please email oviemughellifoundation@gmail.com or go to the website at www.OvieMughelliFoundation.org.

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50 comments Add your comment

Jim

June 25th, 2010
7:19 am

Still nto gonna say it!LOL Hope RW doesn`t pick up any bad habits.

Jim

June 25th, 2010
7:21 am

Too early in am to spell` not` correctly

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 25th, 2010
7:31 am

You can say it Jim, go ahead.

Big Man in Section 342

June 25th, 2010
7:34 am

J dubb

June 25th, 2010
7:52 am

D LEd – Is Roddy mainly going to support his ‘friend’? Do you know? Why else would he risk his name being attached to Vick’s ongoing redemption tour?
What kind of camp is it?
Wonder what Arthur, Rich, Thomas and Smitty think about it?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 25th, 2010
8:02 am

J dubb — Yes, just supporting his friend. It is a youth football camp. I think the team understands. Most of the fans on twitter that I asked about it don’t really care.

SiReal

June 25th, 2010
8:13 am

I wish we all all get over this Vick thing and let him move on with his life. We all have. Its been like 3 years now. Give it a rest people. If Roddy wants to go to Vick’s camp, he’s a grown man. He can do that. He wasnt involved. Im sure we’ve all had a friend who’s done something stupid. Real friends forgive and stick by each other and I commend Roddy for that.

tp

June 25th, 2010
8:23 am

After reading your report about Roddy a couple of weeks ago (i.e. how hard he was working this offseason) D Led, he could play a starring role in Vick’s reality show for all I care! In fact, in addition to crediting his desire and work ethic, I also credit his loyalty to a friend.

It sure would be nice this year to see Roddy cement his status as the third-best WR in the league behind Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald (sorry Calvin J. – you’re not there yet) …

teamguy

June 25th, 2010
8:23 am

I’m more concerned with Ovie hanging out with Al Gore than White going to Vick’s camp. . .neither make me feel very good, though. But Ovie needs to be a bit more concerned about his image, especially after being accused of having a gay lover. .how did his lawsuit turn out?

Tom

June 25th, 2010
9:02 am

Good for Ovie. You don’t see too many environmental activist professional football players. I like that he’s using the camp to educated kids on going green at the same time.

robertussen

June 25th, 2010
9:07 am

@ teamguy…. how can you talk trash for helping the environment. thats just plain dumb man. i agree al gore is an idiot along with most of the people in washington, and global warming is really climate change (which has happened before) and is happing in other planets as well. but why would you be concerned for a man trying to make a better cleaner world over a man helping his friend who has a bad image. i fro one dont care about roddy going to vicks camp and most fans wont either, but ovie should be commended not made fun of for trying to make a difference

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

June 25th, 2010
9:17 am

Is Verron Haynes still a falcon ? If so what are his chances of making the roster this year ?

robertussen

June 25th, 2010
9:19 am

d led when and where is ovies camp at. i live in charleston and may take my daughter to watch. too bad roddy wont be there, seeing as hes from charleston also.

robertussen

June 25th, 2010
9:21 am

verron haynes is a free agent and will not be a falcon unless there are a lot of injurys like last season. the falcon have a roster list on their home page

Sid

June 25th, 2010
9:34 am

By Larry Rubama
The Virginian-Pilot
© June 25, 2010
HAMPTON

Michael Vick has been in his share of hostile press conferences, but never one quite like this.
It wasn’t so much the type of questions the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback faced during a 45-minute question-and-answer session: “Why did you go to prison?” “Why is Kevin Kolb starting over you?”

It was that the questions were coming from some of his biggest fans: 8- to 13-year-olds attending Vick’s camp at Hampton University.Vick answered each question directly, even with a bit of humility.
Like his response to the question about the prison time he served for his activities related to a dog-fighting operation:

“It wasn’t the right thing to do,” Vick told the nearly 200 in the crowd. “It was something I should have gotten away from. I was being a follower, not a leader. That was the wrong thing to do. That’s the reason I went there. So if you know anybody who participates in fighting dogs, tell them that it’s not the right thing to do and (that) they will go to jail.”

Vick’s camp, being held for the first time, is open to kids from 8 to rising high school seniors. In all, 447 kids came, learning football from Vick and the coaching staff at Hampton. But they also learned more about life. “It was a tough crowd, but like I told the guys yesterday while they’re at this camp, I want them to have open dialogue not only with me but with other players who are here,” said Vick, who served a 23-month sentence for his dog-fighting conviction. “I want them to feel free to ask me any question.”

Besides teaching about offense and defense, Vick wanted the campers to learn what it means to be accountable, responsible and accessible. “You have to take care of your priorities and your responsibilities,” he said. “That’s what I want them to take away from this camp. It’s about maturing as a football player and a person.”

The comment that got the most response was when 10-year-old Jalen Greene of North Carolina told Vick that New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, not Vick, was his favorite player. Greene was heckled, but Vick respected his honesty.

“Some people get offended about that, but it’s all about your true character coming out,” he said. “I respect that. I’m a big fan of Drew Brees, too.” Afterward, Greene said getting a chance to come to Vick’s camp was an experience he’ll never forget.

“I learned that you should always be a leader and not a follower,” said Greene, who wears No. 7 and plays quarterback for his recreation league team called the Eagles. “Never do something just because other people are doing it. “I also learned, of course, how to throw better, too.”
Vick hopes this camp will become an annual event as does Hampton football coach Donovan Rose.
“It’s about making a difference,” said Rose, a Norview High grad. “By doing this and reaching out and giving back, it makes more of a difference. ”
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I reprinted this article in its entirety. That’s all well and good, that he is sorry for fighting dogs and that you should tell someone that is a bad thing. What bothers me is he wasn’t convicted for hanging dogs, choking them and using electric cattle prods, then finishing them off by drowning. That is rarely addressed and frankly it seems he is nonchalant about that part of what has to be some mental illness. You have a $100 Million dollar contract and you invest your money, time, energy in a dogfighting enterprise?? “We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them”: Kahlil Gibran . “I was being a follower, not a leader” Michael Vick. We’ve known that Michael for a very long time. Can’t wait to see you in October.
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Personal note to Ovie: The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those that cannot fly. You keep on keepin’ on my friend.

Tom

June 25th, 2010
9:36 am

@robertussen – good for you. My opinions differ from yours a good bit, but at least we can agree that keeping the environment healthy is a good thing (whether you believe in man-made climate change or not). Thanks for being reasonable!

Paddy

June 25th, 2010
9:54 am

Yes, most all of us are over the MV thing. If RW wants to go to his camp it is ok by me.

npgator

June 25th, 2010
10:18 am

D. Orlando – I have never seen you in person but based on the photo on this page I think you would have a good shot of winning the lead role in a made for tv movie about the life of Gary Coleman. You just have that, “whuch you talking about Willis” look in your photo.

FalconsFan284

June 25th, 2010
10:24 am

Dled—–Could we please stop referring to our former dog fighting qb by his name? Why not just refer to him as Roddy’s questionable friend?

No Way

June 25th, 2010
10:25 am

Come on Roddy,Vick’s camp please say it aint so.

Sid

June 25th, 2010
10:29 am

Hey, no problem Roddy but you better not buddy up in October, we have a score to settle.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 25th, 2010
10:51 am

SOUTH GA DAWG – How hot is down that way? No, Verron Haynes was released this offseason.

robertussen
– It’s today and Saturday. Call one of Ovie’s folks — Bridget Coates —
510-484-7022. She’ll be able to help you out.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 25th, 2010
10:56 am

1911A1

June 25th, 2010
11:02 am

Let’s just hope Ovie doesn’t call for a massage.

Terrell

June 25th, 2010
11:11 am

SID,
A back handed compliment you think? Mental illness? Your a sad little man.

Terrell

June 25th, 2010
11:15 am

FalconsFan284
Seriously? Why? I can respect how you feel but I can’t respect the way you express it.

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 25th, 2010
11:27 am

SID — He did his prison time and has been consistent in his replies since. It might be about time to move on.

FalconsFan284

June 25th, 2010
11:39 am

Terrell—–I was kidding. Take it easy. I was against getting Vick in the first place but I’ll admit to cheering for him several times.

Uh oh, Chongo!

June 25th, 2010
11:44 am

THE CAPTAIN PLANET FOUNDATION???

SiReal

June 25th, 2010
11:52 am

To the guy saying that about Mughelli….i am almost certain you wouldnt say such a thing to him in person.LOL

Terrell

June 25th, 2010
11:53 am

FalconsFan284,
My apologies. I remember that draft too. I was hoping that at the time Doug Johnson (lol) would step up or Chris Chandler would retake forum that got us to the Super Bowl in 98

teamguy

June 25th, 2010
11:58 am

Hey guys, lighten up. . .it was all in fun. I admire Ovie, and am glad he’s on our team. I just thought since Gore has been in the news recently for the wrong reasons it might be okay to poke a little fun (no pun intended).

TD

June 25th, 2010
12:13 pm

Hmmm, I dont know if I would pick Vick and Gore to hang out with. Not exactly the 2 best people in the news over the past year or so.

SiReal

June 25th, 2010
12:26 pm

@teamguy You’re alright. Its all fun and games. :)

RockyMtnFalcon

June 25th, 2010
1:05 pm

Disappointed that Roddy White would go to Vicks football camp. Anything that can cause distractions, our players should distance themselves for the better of the team. This could be the year of Falcon, and yet one of our high profile players is putting the team at risk.

Terrell

June 25th, 2010
1:25 pm

RockyMtnFalcon,
True. So I guess the players shouldn’t attend any community activities or do charitable things because they all can cause distractions as well am I right?

How is he putting the team at risk my friend? If he were going sky diving or horseback riding or on a motorcycle then I could understand your stance. If he were going a Peyton Manning Camp or any other camp held by a NFL player would it be a distraction?

Vick Supporter

June 25th, 2010
1:27 pm

The Great Mike Vick Has Returned

Gritz Blitz

June 25th, 2010
1:32 pm

Let’s just hope Roddy didn’t attend the Michael Vick shooting birthday party.
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/06/25/shooting-occurs-at-mike-vicks-birthday-party/

Free Mike Vick

June 25th, 2010
1:38 pm

Really….Free Mike Vick because you can’t sell him he is worthless!

J dubb

June 25th, 2010
1:41 pm

I agree with SID….its all well and good to hear him tell kids, “dogfighting is wrong – and you will go to jail”. But wouldn’t it be an even better message to the kids to add, “killing dogs, or any animals, for fun, or money, is even worse.” (and jail might not be the worst place you could end up.)
I dont think i’ve ever heard him quoted with anything reprimanding himself for the “killing” as much as its always about the “fighting”.
But I guess as most of you say – he has paid his dues. So we should defintely forget about the killing and move on.

Stonehenge guy

June 25th, 2010
1:44 pm

Vick is a sociopath. He is saying all the right things to appease us. Deep down, he does not care about the fans, his friends, dogs or anyone else but himself. The only thing Vick is sorry about is getting caught. He won’t fight dogs again, but he will continue to be a sociopath.

Formul8or

June 25th, 2010
1:53 pm

I’m very disappointed in Roddy. We almost cut you because of that QB. Even Joey Harrington made you better

Falconidiot

June 25th, 2010
2:19 pm

Every time you show a picture of him in a Falcon uniform it makes me want to puke. The freakin ajc needs to get over their f*#@ing love affair. The excuse is, he ment so much to the city of Atlanta, that is exactly why we want the team out of Atlanta. LET IT GO!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 25th, 2010
3:39 pm

THERE was a shooting at VICK’S birthday party after the camp. http://www.dailypress.com/sports/michaelvick/

PaulieOldSchool

June 25th, 2010
4:33 pm

I don’t have a problem with Roddy going to the camp. They are friends and Roddy was doing a responsible, society-oriented thing by appearing and pitching in. I applaud his loyalty and I especially applaud his sense of awareness and appreciation for his friend’s character. He didn’t go to the party, at which or during which a friend of Vick’s, one of his dog-fighting co-defendants who rolled on him, was shot. Nice to see Michael, Mike, whatever, still being loyal to his friends, too. Too bad none of them are responsible, society-oriented individuals. While I don’t like wasting print space and time on Vick, I think anyone who thinks he’s undergone a sea change is hallucinating.

J dubb

June 25th, 2010
4:34 pm

Enter your own sad punchline here…..

Falcons best WR could have been shot in the leg just for supporting his ‘friend’. TIme to put a clause in Roddy’s contract that he cant hang out with Vick anymore or he forfeits any money he loses due to missed games (as a result of being at Vick’s awesome parties!)

How come I’ve never been to a Birthday party where someone was shot? Do you have to be rich? Or just stupid?

J dubb

June 25th, 2010
4:35 pm

It said Roddy was there with Vick (but not at time of shooting – or at least by the time the Po-Po showed up)

DemondWilson

June 25th, 2010
5:10 pm

Roddy White was the dummy who wore the “FREE MICK VICK T-SHIRT” when Vick was incarcerated. Roddy seems to be a glutten for punishment becasue, as Roddy White hasnt seemed to learn yet, TROUBLE WILL FOLLOW VICK WHEREEVER HE GOES.

Scott

June 26th, 2010
12:51 am

Vick…the prick !