One message that caught my attention came from Jason McIntyre, proprietor of The Big Lead.
Per McIntyre, who cites multiple unnamed sources, quarterback Mike Vick spent his first night out of federal custody at a Virginia Beach strip club with NBA star Allen Iverson.
We didn’t know what to make of it at first. Would Vick truly be that stupid?
Apart from the fact that he needs to be extremely careful about what he does prior to his meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has grown all too familiar with players who “likeded the scrip clubs,” the terms of Vick’s three-year probation undoubtedly prevent him from drinking alcohol — and potentially forbid him from even visiting an establishment that serves it.
Thus, we admit that we were inclined to pull an ESPN, and ignore it. But with papers like the Atlanta Journal-Constitution mentioning it and a flood of readers sending e-mails about it, we had to explore this one.
So we dusted off our own “real journalist” disguise (it’s actually one of those Halloween masks with the thin elastic band in the back that always breaks), and we’ve learned that Vick strongly denies attending a strip club on Monday night — and that others around him corroborate that fact.
But we’ve yet to get an answer with 100 percent certainty, so there’s still a chance that McIntyre’s report is accurate.
If it is, Jim Haslett likely will be a happy man, since he coaches the UFL franchise to which Vick’s rights have been assigned for the 2009 season.