NFL looking into shooting at Vick’s birthday party

Roddy White attended Michael vick's football camp, but had left the party before an early a.m. shooting occurred.

Roddy White attended Michael Vick's football camp, but had left the party before an early a.m. shooting occurred.

Updated, Mon. 7:36 a.m.

The National Football League and the Philadelphia Eagles are gathering information on the shooting that occurred after Michael Vick’s birthday party last Thursday outside of Virginia Beach.

The league is checking to see if the player conduct policy was violated or if Vick violated his federal probation order. He’s under probation for three years as part of his federal dogfighting conviction.

Vick’s attorney stated that he was not involved in the shooting.

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who went to help at Vick’s youth football game and was at the party, said they both had left long before the shooting occurred.

“We have been looking into it to determine the facts,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an e-mail Sunday sent to USA Today.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addressed Vick’s plight at the rookie symposium to reporters last night.
“Obviously, we’ve got to look and see whether there was any violation of policy,” Goodell said.

Vick could be facing another suspension from the league.

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Updated, SAT 9:24 A.M.

Falcons Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White was at  Michael Vick’s 30th birthday party, but left before the shooting of one of Vick’s co-defendants in the federal dog fighting case occurred.

“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 told the Newport News Daily Press during a break in the youth football camp.

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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 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, who currently plays for the Washington Redskins, 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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June 27th, 2010
10:36 am

“bad luck”? bwahahahaahha!!! I dont remember Badluck schleprock killing hundreds of innocent dogs on the Flintstones. I dont recall Badluck Schleprock giving sexually transmitted diseases to Wilma and Betty and then lying about his name to get treatment. I never saw Badluck Schleprock smoking dope. But if you say so, Orlando. HA! badluck my arse.

Oregon Falcon

June 27th, 2010
11:16 am

You know guys, there is a difference in behavior. I can accept that a person can make bad choices, even felonies and change. I can accept that felonies can be wrong, like in our original constitution. I fully appreciate and accept that people should be given second chances, even third and fourth chances depending on the severity of their actions.


Vick and his buddies CHOSE to torture creatures in the most cruel and violent way, gleefully enjoying burning dogs alive while they yelped and screamed in agony until their deaths.

They CHOSE to hang them and beat them, and rape them for fun.

This is not a person making a bad decision, this is psychotic behavior, not a mistake. To do it one time, displays a sickness of personality that goes beyond the ‘hood’, or race or youthful misconduct.

This goes beyond trying to get rich quick, or being desperate enough to steal a loaf of bread to feed a family.

If you enjoy watching suffering, if you cause that suffering, you are sick and you will not change. Like a pedophile, you cannot “heal” that. You are sick.

I am not surprised that Vick is associated with trouble again, because he is a sick man and it was not a mistake, his Bad Newz Kennel was from a man whose brain is wired wrong.

He will not be okay and I don’t care how fast or how far he can throw a piece of leather. Those creatures just wanted to live their lives, and be included but instead they ran into Michael Vick and his friends and they were burned alive.

What a guy.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

June 27th, 2010
2:48 pm

WOW……Michael Vick does something suspect…..What A Surprise???? I THINK NOT!!!

Funny how if this is nothing…why is the NFL (NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is looking into the incident) and the Eagles organization investigating as they have both announced????

In the big scheme of all things football….WHO CARES???? I bet Marcus Vick was there too….LMAO


June 27th, 2010
3:18 pm

Bad idea for Vick to promote his own birthday party open to the public.

DOL is right about the possible repercussions Vick could face so this is in no way a nonstory.

Just being in the same room as Quanis Phillips could cost Vick his freedom and career per his probation tearms.

Brother Marcus who promoted the party on Twitter and Facebook said it was an open-invite birthday party so anyone with $30 in their pocket could get in and cause trouble.

From what I’ve also read their were alot of camcords around so it should not take long for the whole story to come out.

Ted Striker

June 27th, 2010
3:50 pm

D-Led — I apologize; I stand corrected about White not being at the club. (Was thinking about the original story about White being at Vick’s camp and flat missed the update when I posted).

All that said, it’s still a shame to see a few folks here or elsewhere trying to find a creative (and fabricated) way to assume Vick or White were responsible for something that occurred when they weren’t there.

I’ll never get over Macho Grande and some folks will never get over their dislike of a guy they don’t know (but might enjoy being around if they did).


June 27th, 2010
4:27 pm

I live Mike Vick


June 27th, 2010
4:35 pm


Marcus Vick is a Party Promoter in the Virgina Beach area now…
Thats why the party was promoted on Facebook & Twitter..
The Party was at a Restaurant NOT a club…
The shooting occurred Outside the restaurant After the party was over..
Vick & Roddy were not present and Niether Are persons of interest to the police..

Everything else is Speculation..
DLED stop being a TMZ bogus blogger & have some self respect as a journalist..

Mr Charlie

June 27th, 2010
7:09 pm

Why limit it to only those facts? How about the fact that:

The person shot is on parole for the same crime that got MV convicted.
Michael Vick is also on Parole.
Being around other paroles, and firearms constitutes violation of parole.
Vick left 10 minutes before the shooting took place.
The NFL is investigating.
We do not know who the shooter is, or the motivation of the shooter.
Nobody is talking at this point, so there are probably a lot of other facts that are going to come up.

If you are going to report the facts, report all the facts.

If we are going to keep it to the facts, lets be sure to list all the facts.

Ken Strickland

June 27th, 2010
8:11 pm

DLEDBETTER-I remember you took issue with my criticism of you for instigating the same kind of sick, stupid and often racists comments and responses that are being posted on this blog. You even threatened to block me from any further access to your blog for doing so.

I told you that only an idiot would not know the kind of negative responses and comments anything related to MVick would bring. This article, and the negative, often racially charged reactions and comments, prove you’re either a very slow learner, or you relish this kind of trash. EITHER WAY, IT’S A NEGATIVE REFLECTION ON YOU.

(Ken, I understand your concerns. I’m trying to delete all of the moronic and racists comments. If the Falcons two-time Pro Bowl receiver wasn’t hanging out at the party, I probably could have ignored it. We do have some different rules in the digital age. –dol.)


June 27th, 2010
9:21 pm

Vick is an Eagle now. Could care less. Besides, if I’m not mistaken, his dumb a__ let this team down as much or more than Bobby Petrino.

get your facts straight

June 27th, 2010
10:08 pm

First of all get the facts before you make dumb statements. The party was not thrown by Vick, Roddy white, MV7 and several other football players, basketball players, track star and models were there it was at a restaurant not a night club it was not by invitation tickets were 50 and 35 over 350 people showed up Vick, White and their guess left in a limo before any of this happened. Vick had security and so did the restaurant this was the 3rd party that was given for Vick there this was the first one that was not a private party. Larry Bethea Indianapolis Colts said Vick had left same time he did and their was no fights or disturbance was a good party. Cameras outside showed Vick leaving the party with others well before the fight and shooting began. Vick had prior approval from PO to attend party. Police say Vick is no interest to them. He was not there. The question then becomes if the PO (probation officer) knew Vick was going to be there how does Phillips explain why he was there? I sure he did not have permission to be there. Vick has had over 20 parties thrown for him and there had not been any problems. As a matter fact he had one in ATL and one in Augusta. Phillips was not invited probably came to start trouble or beg these leeches think people owe them. It is all about jealousy and trying to live off someone else. So get the facts before you start popping off. Vick does need to leave that dead beat brother of his alone and stay out of Va too many people there that think he should take care of them. By the way the same people that hosted Vick party are hosting a party Sunday for another NFL player. I would not be surprised if Phillips was paid to start trouble


June 27th, 2010
10:11 pm

@Ken Strickland: So DOL is just supposed to ignore the fact that the most polarizing sports figure this town has ever seen….a man who is on federal probation and a very thin suspension string with the NFL….had a shooting at his birthday party and the victim is one of his co-defendants. Not to mention this person left his birthday party with one of the Falcon’s star players a mere ten minutes prior to the shooting (according to him) and nobody is talking. DOL would be derelict in his duties not to report on this. The comments that follow are what they are….reflecting a very much still polarized city…you can’t sweep it under the rug because it makes some people “uncomfortable”. On ESPN’s website it is still the fourth leading story under the NFL category….have you castigating them for running the story?

get your facts straight

June 27th, 2010
10:14 pm

Hey trolls focus there were no dogs at the party so get over 2007, but there were 50 dogs sezed at a white mans house wonder what he was doing?


June 28th, 2010
8:24 am

I am so sick of you all spouting your foolishness when it comes to Mike Vick. I bet some of you have some stuff in your closet that you would not want anyone to know about. The only reason you know about Vick is because he is in the spotlight.

What if people didn’t want to be bothered with you because you cheated on your spouse, you don’t pay child support, you don’t spend time with your children, you steal from your job, or do you have a bad habit of writing bad checks? I bet you wouldn’t want anyone clowning on you like you all have been doing Vick!!!

And please believe when YOU get to the pearly gates, he won’t be asking you about Vick, he will be asking you about your life and you dogging Vick won’t help you…so get over it!!! Be concerned about something that really matters like how they are chopping the budgets of our education system. Be concerned with how they are only teaching your children to take a test.

And who’s to say that the people that were shooting were actually AT his party? You all are so quick to jump to conclusions. You are no better than him…your mess has just been covered up better!!!

I don’t see you all jumping all over Ben you violated a HUMAN…but you vilify Vick about some dogs!!!


June 28th, 2010
8:44 am

You people are sick and you know what I mean by you people. Ever since that man has turned his life around you have been waitng for him to slip. It’s a unfortunate situation that happen but please reserve your judgement until the facts come out as you did Big Ben. I wish Big Ben would have done some of those things to your sister, aunt, niece then what would you people say.


June 28th, 2010
8:44 am

You can take the ****** out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the ******. In this case, truer words were never spoken. This person is bad news and all of you “so called friends”, he’s gonna drag y’all down with him…….run, run, run as fast as you can away from him. The Eagles are soon gonna learn they made a bad mistake in making an agreement with the NFL to take him so as to avoid a lawsuit for blacklisting.

Dan E

June 28th, 2010
8:47 am

Vick paid his debt to society when he did his prison time. Unfortunately, he did not learn a damn thing!! He is still “hanging with the boyz from the hood”. I thought he might have learned his lesson…obviously not!! What a waste of talent. He will be back in an orange jumpsuit before long.

Vick=Dog killing thug

June 28th, 2010
8:50 am

I’ve despised Vick for a long time as I’ve seen first hand the blood and screams that his little hobby causes. The Peninsula SPCA in Newport News has seen more than a few fight dog victims. Until you see that, you will never understand the horror of what he did.

Consider this about Vick

Did he ever attempt to go back to college and get his degree
Did he ever attempt to marry the mother of his illegitimate children.
Has he ever done any volunteering or community service outside of football?

You want to give him credit for running a youth football camp? I’m sure he makes money because of it? He shows up for a couple of hours, throws a couple passes to kids, signs a few balls and then heads to the club with his posse. I’m not impressed.

Matt Ryan

June 28th, 2010
8:55 am

Did Ledbetter actually link to THE BLEACHER REPORT?? That’s his standard??


So….I guess you didn’t want to find a federal prosecutor or criminal defense attorney that would actually tell you what a baseless story this is as far as Vick is concerned? You couldn’t talk to DeMaurice Smith or somebody from the NFLPA to tell you to READ the conduct policy and note that Vick didn’t actually violate it by being in a legal establishment for a legitimate purpose? So when Goodell actually releases a statement that nothing will be done…what incredible leap of logic will you take to pretend like Mike Vick got a pass?


June 28th, 2010
8:55 am


I’m going to say this once. Going to a club and staying out until 2AM is not a sin nor a crime. Its his birthday. Let the man live a little. There are plenty of people who go get drunk every single night of the day in Athens and Atlanta on college campuses who will be productive leaders in our society, so to say that he is wrong and going out to celebrate his birthday in his own way is not only not fair but unreasonable. I’m sorry you don’t like to have fun and you go to bed at 10 pm every night.

And to say he’s not trying is also not true. How many instances do we have of him getting in trouble? He is doing his part to give back to the community. He doesn’t have to, nor does he have to give a rip about his image considering he gets paid to do one thing and that is to play football. He has paid his debt to society in that he has lived out his sentence in jail and is doing his time for his three year probation. All he has to do is live out in the full extent and no one can ask anymore of him. Period.

HOWEVER, you’re right in the fact that you are the company you keep. It would help to clean up the posse and find a better group of friends. Hanging out with a better caliber of athletes on a daily basis like Roddy and some of the other guys he plays with like Brian Westbrook and Macho Harris would do him some good.

I, too, would also like to see him become more of a man and continue to take steps to clean up his image, but to ask him to live like the he is the messiah is just unthinkable, because the average citizen can’t even do that. As far as it is concerned right now, and this could obviously change as the shooting is further investigated, he’s just a guy that was in the wrong place at the wrong time – this time at least.

Matt Ryan

June 28th, 2010
8:56 am

Keep fanning the flames bow-tie guy! Maybe you’ll get to be on espn soon!


June 28th, 2010
9:04 am

Vick = Trouble


June 28th, 2010
9:04 am

Michael Vick and Roddy White glad to see u guys still friends….. Forget what the statements above abourt ur friendship. People worry about the wrong thing!


June 28th, 2010
9:08 am

I smell

June 28th, 2010
9:19 am

Set up – does anyone else? How does it just so happen that one of the guys who rolled on MV got shot (non-life threatening) at an MV function? Come on folks? People are still trying to pay people to destroy this man and that Q character should just come on out with the truth and let the chips fall where they may. Right at the feet of the people who are paying him to destroy this man. Can’t believe it? Trust, it happens everyday.

What the Waaka Flocka??

June 28th, 2010
9:31 am

I just heard one of the dogs did the driveby….he wanted quanis bad they say! I think it was a Pug!

What the Waaka Flocka??

June 28th, 2010
9:36 am

Nice job deleting my post..sellout! They can call a brother a thug on here..but u can’t say anything about the good ol pearlies!

(Come on Flocka. Keep it clean. I’m working way through those thug ones, too. TWO wrongs don’t make a right1 –dol)

Johnny Kuhl

June 28th, 2010
9:41 am

Michael Vick might be the smartest person in the world. He has already thrown away more money than a small city of people could make. Now he’s trying to throw away another smaller fortune but still a fortune. People should quit supporting him and let him take a shorter route to prison.


June 28th, 2010
9:41 am

ok, what does another vick story have to do with Atlanta sports?????


June 28th, 2010
9:44 am

It was not MISTAKE and this is NOT a black verses white issue. Vick was involved in a 6-year criminal enterprise to make money, gamble and torture helpless animals for fun and profit.

He is a CRIMINAL who happens to play football. He got off only because he is RICH! This was not a onetime incident like a DUI or even drugs. He liked playing the gangster roll and gambling with the other criminals. Being an ex-convict and professional gambler doesn’t make him a role model. One day the money will dry up and he will be finished!

Vick should have been banned for life from the NFL!

Playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right! Same for Big Ben!


June 28th, 2010
9:46 am

You know the sad part about this whole blog? This blog shows the city of Atlanta is still angry about this guy. The man has left the town. Let it go people!!!!!!! Stop hating on people please……

Worry about the crime, unemployment, racial profiling at the airport, and MARTA failings here in this city.

DJ Shockley

June 28th, 2010
9:46 am

You all our stupid! Its not like he can control who shows up to the club this is America and last time I checked your free to go to any club you want! Mike Vick can’t control who shows up to his birthday party dummies!


June 28th, 2010
9:50 am

Like my wise grandmother said . You can take a pig and clean him up put shampoo ,perfume and bows of ribbons in his hair. But guess what , when you let the pig go he runs straight to the mud. Man my grandmother was smart.


June 28th, 2010
9:51 am

WHEW!!!! Reading through the first page of this thread and my head is already pounding! I must say that I’m both sad and frustrated to hear that M. Vick is associated with trouble again, especially trouble of this caliber. At some point you just have to grow up! You have a beautiful family with a woman that has been by your side and you still choose to make DUMB A$$ decisions!!! So you gets no sympathy from me! Be a MAN, cut the cable-tow, and free yourself of the loosers giving you the confidence to make these dumb decision. I can’t image your “lady” agreeing to you throwing late parties. So someone else must be influencing and guiding you. If you must throw a party end it at 11pm and take your a$$ to bed!! You know you’re already walking a tight rope so why are you still partying at 2am? You’re not like the average citizen so NO you CAN’T throw parties or attend clubs like normal people do so let that part of your life go! The one thing I think everyone will agree on is that ATHLETES and CLUBS / PARTIES DON’T MIX!!! As a 40 year old male of nubian descent I for the life of me don’t get the fascination that ATHLETES have with clubs and parties. At some point it just GETS OLD!!! I’m not going to get on my “high-horse” and start casting stones at the man, like some of the people here, because in my opinion he’s subject to make mistakes, but not at this level.
In regards to the dog killing incident that most of the people here are still clinging to, I say CRAP!!! It’s a KNOWN fact that people have been fighting and killing dogs in the country for YEARS looong before M. Vick and that in “normal” cases most are treated as misdemenors. Rarely will anyone get any serious jail time. Vick just happened to be the scapegoat needed by the ASPCA to promote their cause and what have they done since to change the laws NOTHING!!! DOGS ARE STILL BEING BRED TO FIGHT and THEY’RE STILL BEING KILLED!!! If anything he’s an example of what happens when you’re ignorant of your options and improperly represented which comes from not having the right attorneys on your side. My guess is that most of his attorneys were dog lovers. Couple that with the direction he was heading in and the number of fans he had already pissed off he was dead man walking. The hypocrisy in all of this is that he went to a state, Philly, which has the highest rate for animal cruelty. So when I hear people using the dog incident as a reason to hate on the guy I wanna scream “SHUT THE F__K UP YOU IGNORANT F___K!!! There’s a reason dog killing hasn’t been outlawed because it’s a revenue generating sport. So until the laws change it will continue to exist as an underground sport and dogs will continue to be killed in the same henious manner so take your hypocrisy and direct it somewhere else!!!
The flip side of the hypocrisy comes from the other side of race card where Ben Rosth…. can be accused of assaulting women on more than one occassion and not get any serious jail time. I think we all know that had I, a male of nubian descent, been in the same “area” when a women, let alone a caucasin woman, screamed she was assaulted I’d be thrown under the jail. Yet I don’t see the same amount of hate being thrown in Ben’s direction. The NFL don’t seem to see this as a serious issue, neither do most of the people in this country. Odd that I haven’t seen not ONE women’s right group step up to go after Ben the way ASPCA went after Vick!! You would think with this being his second incident that this issue would be plastered all over the news. He should easily be seen as a predator and should therefore be paying way more out of pocket that Vick to these groups. I don’t see any women standing outside of the courts holding signs crying for this predator to be put away. Doesn’t matter that he wasn’t convicted because this is what happens when you have good lawyers on your side. The fact is that a pattern has developed and I’m willing to be that this will NOT be the last time it happens.


June 28th, 2010
9:55 am

More Vick articles. You guys are OBSESSED.


June 28th, 2010
9:55 am

Let Roddy go and sign T.O. there, problem solved. Mark this down, Roddy will soon bring a negative situation with the Falcons. He now has his money and like his buddy, that money is gonna destroy him and his career.

Ok……flam away.


June 28th, 2010
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June 28th, 2010
9:57 am

DJ Shckley,

when you are under federal probation then you can not just go to any party especially ones that have guns.

also people on federal probation are prohibited from being around other felons…. that is a term (number12) of his probation


June 28th, 2010
9:57 am

I mean FLAME away…..I’m a drummer and flam is a major part of my vocabulary.


June 28th, 2010
9:58 am

Kimy we are not digging Vick’s ditches….we’re watching him do that himself.


June 28th, 2010
10:02 am

@D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 25th, 2010
5:15 pm
Shocked — Sorry about that. That was in bad taste.
I know you are saying it was in bad taste because you are trying to be politically correct, well, not piss off the large contingent of Vick fans who feel he was unjustly targeted because of the color of his skin. Great play on words using Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels name. But you stated more than once that trouble just seems to follow him and I don’t think that is accurate at all. He is trouble. Once again Vick has proven his stupidity, still associating with former friends who are now convicted felons (like him) which I would not be surprised if that isn’t a violation of Vicks probation.

***Note to Roddy*** Guilt by association isn’t something you should take lightly. When your phone rings it may be Roger Goodell wanting to know why you were there. Loyalty is commendable but yours is blind loyalty, chancing the turn of events in your life to others who have proven again and again that they are ignorant and unable to factor in how there actions could impact you. With Vick you’ll figure it out eventually but hopefully on your own terms and not terms dictated by Goodell or a court of law or a stray bullet. Good Luck RW, catch a bunch of damn TD passes this year!!!


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10:08 am

Real American

June 28th, 2010
10:10 am

Amazing the lack of logic of some of these posters. By their asanine reasoning, if Mike Vick was walking in the mall and one of the co-defendants was there, Vick is violating his probation. Fools. Do you not understand the most basic of legalese? Being in the same public venue is not considered ‘associating” with the other co-defendants. Now these same nitwits won’t to condemn the man for being at a birthday party in a club…because ya know…all those “coloreds” were there so that makes it an unsavory place…………please….these CACs would be still bashing Vick if he was at Mt Moriah Baptist because they’d say he was around some more “unsavory” characters…i.e. black. Why the one black reporter covering the NFL at the AJC wants to be a co-conspirator with these klansman is beyond me, guess he hates the man in the mirror. These same CACs will be hollering again real soon about something else that they can’t think through.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 28th, 2010
10:11 am

Some of you all get it. Federal probation is nothing to mess with. If it wasn’t a big deal then the league would have said so. Waiting for Roddy to call. If he wasn’t there, we wouldn’t have to worry about this. I’m sure that NFL security is going to want to talk to White about the facts. So that’s why we are updating it. The Falcons two-time Pro Bowl was at the party and will likely have to talk to NFL security.

Real American

June 28th, 2010
10:16 am

Ledbetter if you talked to one criminal defense attorney you wouldn’t be so ignorant about what does and does not constitute violating federal probation. And of course the NFL made that generic statement…they do that about ANY media report…including the one about the DUI of the Lions president or the accident of Chad Jones…that is STANDARD. In fact, it was one of their generic statements..they didn’t even bother adding in Vick’s name to it. LOL


June 28th, 2010
10:17 am



June 28th, 2010
10:20 am

Roddy, you had better stay away from this guy. Remember, if you lay with a dirty dog, you’re going to get fleas…or worse!