Finally Michael Vick steps to the plate and speaks to the public jury which will be involved in making a decision on his future.¬†¬† He realized that the trickle of information and rumors wasn’t doing him any good, so he spoke over the noise.
Unlike his decision to attend the birthday party a little over a week ago, this was a good decision.
Vick released a statement last night in which he claimed his innocence.¬† If that statement is true and what he told police, the Eagles and the NFL is totally true, then he has good chance of putting an end to this controversy.
Here’s the statement:
“On June 25, 2010 I attended a birthday party held in my honor at The Guadalajara Restaurant in Virginia Beach, Virginia,” the statement read. “After I left the event, I learned that a man was shot outside the restaurant.
“I want to assure everyone that I had nothing to do with that incident. I left the restaurant prior to it occurring and did not witness what happened.
“Following the incident, I reported it to the Philadelphia Eagles and to representatives of Commissioner Roger Goodell of the NFL. In addition, I cooperated with and answered any and all questions from Law Enforcement officials investigating this matter. My statements, from the beginning, explained that I was not there at the time of the shooting and had no knowledge of the events surrounding it. I have been completely truthful and fully cooperative from the very beginning and will continue to cooperate with Law Enforcement and the NFL as this investigation continues.”
I think this is a sufficient statement but he should have admitted that he made a mistake in judgement in attending the party in the first place.¬† From now on Vick should run things by the Eagles or the NFL before he decides to do anything involving the public like that.
If he had run this idea of having a public birthday party near his hometown by the Eagles, I’m sure they would have put kabbosh on it.¬† The only public events Vick should have anything to do with in the forseeable future, should involve the Eagles.
Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy offered a comment about the situation and hit it on the head.
“The only thing he is guilty of is using bad judgment and attending and publicizing parties open to the public and utilizing his name to get people there,” said Dungy. “Hopefully he learns from this.”