We've detailed the initial story of the shooting at a party Vick held to celebrate his 30th birthday on June 26. However, and as it always seems to do with Vick, things have turned in an ugly fashion. When we last left this story, there was a dispute as to when Vick left the party before his cousin, Quanis Philips, was shot. The problem with any association with Phillips is that Phillips has been convicted of a felony, and Vick can't associate with known felons as a condition of his probation.
Add to that the additional news that Vick was reportedly involved in a confrontation before Phillips was shot, and things start to get a little dicey. Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson believes that the timeline and series of events that Vick put forth is falling apart faster than one of those ill-advised speed option plays Vick ran for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009.
Then, the news that Vick has been barred from traveling outside the state of Pennsylvania until further notice. Judy Smith, Vick's crisis manager (which sounds like a job with limited off-time), told a Philadelphia news station that the revocation of travel privileges forced Vick to miss two scheduled events: A football camp for kids in Baltimore, and a golf tournament in Atlanta. Bad news on the golf tournament, as it had Vick's name on it.
Cornelius Corprew, director of the Camp Elite Sports football camp, told the media that he thought Vick had committed a "selfish act" by calling to cancel so soon before the camp was supposed to go off. "They called early, like 2 o'clock in the morning, telling us he's not coming," Corprew said. "And then we couldn't speak to him. It was through one of his associates ... No state agency is communicating at 2 o'clock in the morning that he's not allowed to come."
Vick had been paid half of a $4,000 fee to attend the camp; it is not known whether he had been pre-paid for his attendance at the golf tournament. "You talk about second chances," Corprew continued. "You're given a great second chance and this would've been the perfect place to show he appreciated being given a second chance."
That second chance may be coming to an end. The Eagles, who had said that they had no intention of cutting Vick as they monitored the situation, may be changing their tune. As the incidents add up, and the stories spring more leaks, reports indicate that the team is starting to prepare for life without the troubled quarterback.
The NFL has been relatively quiet on this series of events, but any further discipline for Vick would most likely be extremely harsh; perhaps career-ending. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell no doubt feels that he put his own name on the line by letting Vick back into the league after Vick served his time in prison in the wake of the Bad Newz Kennels dogfighting scandal.
For Vick, a third chance would not be forthcoming.
- Michael Vick