A co-defendant of the infamous dog fighting case that sent NFL quarterback Michael Vick to prison two years ago was shot June 24 while attending a birthday party for the football star.
According to Virginia Beach Police, Quanis Phillips was shot outside of Guadalajara, a night club in Virginia Beach’s Town Center. Police also told the media Phillips sustained “non-life-threatening” injuries and was released from Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital the next morning.
Vick’s attorney, Larry Woodward, told The Associated Press his client was not present at the club when the shooting occurred. Vick, who served 18 months in federal prison, is prohibited from any contact with any felons, including Phillips, who also served 21 months in jail for his involvement in the dog fighting operation.
Virginia Beach Police say Vick is of no interest to them during their investigation of the shooting, a sigh of relief for Vick, who was reinstated in the NFL last summer after serving a two-year suspension. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated the 30-year-old pro last July and said Vick’s margin for error would be “extremely limited.” Vick is currently under contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.
“We are aware of the incident that occurred in Virginia early this morning and are in the process of gathering all of the facts,” a spokesperson for the Eagles said in a statement released to the media. “Until then, we will not have any comment on this matter.”
At AFRO press time, Vick had not spoken to the media about the incident. However, the football star told reporters at Hampton University that he tells children the truth about his turbulent past.
“I tell them watch what you do. Pick and choose your friends carefully. You just can’t put yourself in vulnerable situations,” Vick said. “I don’t want them to follow in my footsteps. I want them to walk a straight path, do all the things right and just live a good life, and be happy.”