Falcons receiver Roddy White has said that he attended Mike Vick’s now-infamous birthday party on Thursday night, and that he left with Vick before the party ended with the shooting of former Vick dogfighting business partner Quanis Phillips.
But the man who produces Vick’s reality show on BET has spun a different yarn. Appearing Friday on WGFX in Nashville (via SportsRadioInterviews.com), Ahmadu Garba talked about the shooting.
“I got a call last night from this guy whose name is John, he’s Vick’s wife’s assistant, Kiafa.” Garba said. “It was probably about 4:00 a.m. Nasvhille time. He told me that, ‘Something just went down. We’re at this party and shots rang out.’ As far as I know from what it sounded like, Mike was there and they left shortly after that. . . . I have a couple of years of law school experience, so he was asking me,’What’s going on? Is everything going to be OK?'”
Garba also used his “couple of years of law school” to interpret the terms of Vick’s supervised release from federal custody.
“As far as his probation goes, the first six months he couldn’t be around certain people,” Garba said. “Mike had a couple of parties, some house warming parties a few days after he got out. Some people tried to come to his house and people had to block them off and tell that they couldn’t come. As far as being on his parole, being around those people doesn’t matter now, but he was around weapons and there was violence, so that could be an issue. . . . Mike couldn’t be around his codefendants within a six-month window of when he got out of prison.”
That last disclosure is news to us, and likely to many others. It widely has been reported that Vick must avoid his codefendants (like Phillips) for all of Vick’s probation, not just only a slice of it.
Garba may be right; we’ll defer to the terms of the probation order, a copy of which we probably should track down. But if he’s wrong — and if Vick has been relying upon the notion that the limitation applied only for six months, Vick may have a far bigger problem than anyone realized, if he began associating with his codefendants after the six-month anniversary of his release.