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Eagles call ESPN claim that they pulled Vick “ridiculous”

ESPN says the Philadelphia Eagles pulled Michael Vick out of a scheduled interview this morning. The Eagles say that’s “ridiculous.”

In a statement e-mailed to PFT, Eagles spokesman Derek Boyko pinned the mix-up on Lou Tilley, who works in media for the Maxwell Club, where Vick is picking up an award today.

“Lou Tilley booked Michael for an interview with ESPN and never asked Michael or myself or any Vick representative,” Boyko said. “I was here with Michael. He never canceled. He was never asked. It was ridiculous.”

But ESPN First Take made it clear, both on the air this morning and on the show’s Facebook page, that their understanding is that Vick committed to the interview and it was the Eagles who called it off.

“To our fans, we truly apologize,” the First Take Facebook message says. “The Philadelphia Eagles have pulled Michael Vick from our interview. First Take and Oprah now have something in common.”

Vick was at a Maxwell Club press conference this morning, where it was announced that he is the recipient of the 52nd Annual Bert Bell Award. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Eagles also said at that event that they never pulled Vick from any ESPN interview.

We’ve asked ESPN for a response. We’ll let you know what we find out.

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32 Responses to “Eagles call ESPN claim that they pulled Vick “ridiculous””
  1. radzil says: Mar 4, 2011 1:31 PM

    Please, stop with the Vick articles.

  2. dgforreal says: Mar 4, 2011 1:33 PM

    The worm has turned.

  3. bfridley says: Mar 4, 2011 1:35 PM

    ESPN is garbage. People who keep it real just bang it here.

  4. johnnyoclock says: Mar 4, 2011 1:39 PM

    Maybe it’s the agent who keeps pulling him? There’s nothing good, only bad, that could result from Vick doing interviews. If it goes well, ok fine. If it goes bad, it’s the possibility of a huge payday that goes bye-bye if he royally screws it up; which is always quite possible.

    If you’re his agent, you lock him in a closet until he signs a big contract. Then let him do interviews.

  5. famucancer says: Mar 4, 2011 1:39 PM

    Won’t this mess up the cac talking point?

  6. btkoten says: Mar 4, 2011 1:42 PM

    So someone pulled an ESPN on ESPN? That’s like cupchecking Lakers GM Mitch Cupcheck… brilliant Philly, I always knew you guys weren’t so bad…

  7. enrgy2burn says: Mar 4, 2011 1:43 PM

    Vick was at a Maxwell Club press conference this morning, where it was announced that he is the recipient of the 52nd Annual Bert Bell Award. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Eagles also said at that event that they never pulled Vick from any ESPN interview.


    When I first read this my mind inadvertently (but not without cause) read Albert Bell (spelled differently, I know)…. I thought ‘how appropriate’!!!

  8. imnice777 says: Mar 4, 2011 1:45 PM

    So it’s neither the Eagles or Vicks fault.. What a heart breaker for the guys at PFT who love to attack him. Sounds more like an ESPN gimmick at the Eagles organization’s expense.

  9. runwright44 says: Mar 4, 2011 1:46 PM

    We’ve asked ESPN for a response. We’ll let you know what we find out.

    Wake me when September comes.

  10. quarterpounder10 says: Mar 4, 2011 1:46 PM

    Why is this turd of a human getting another award?

  11. The Baseball Gods says: Mar 4, 2011 1:48 PM

    Everyone wants to just throw Vick under the bus. He was receiving an award at the Maxwell Club Awards and obviously would not have committed to an interview with that already on his schedule. People are trying their best to make Vick look like he is still a “bad man” for canceling all of these interviews. Stick to the important stories….not the “Michael Vick canceled another interview” stories. If he does something that actually is a transgression, let us know about it.

  12. pdizzle02 says: Mar 4, 2011 1:48 PM

    You don’t think there’s a chance that Lou Tilley is the one telling ESPN that it was the Eagles orchestrating this to save his own butt … ?

  13. mharenza says: Mar 4, 2011 1:48 PM

    Well, personally I do not trust either side in this debate. The Eagles are notoriously dishonest about many things and well ESPN First Take straddles the line of credibility. I mean, I believe they have had their own legal issues in the past (Jay Crawford sexual harassment, etc.) and continue to put out a tabloid like program filled with sensationalized opinions with the sole purpose of grabbing ratings. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Eagles pulled the interview but conversely I wouldn’t be surprised if First Take lied about having the interview in order to gain a few more viewers.

  14. tblitz25 says: Mar 4, 2011 1:51 PM

    PFT I’m trying to figure out how you are spinning this as Michael Vick canceling when he clearly had nothing to do with the scheduling of First Take. Oprah, yes Vick canceled. First take and by their own admission said that the “Philadelphia Eagles have pulled Mike Vick from our interview”

  15. dawkinseffect says: Mar 4, 2011 1:56 PM

    ESPN messed up….The Eagles did nothing wrong, Vick and Reid were at the banquet at the Maxwell Club…it was announced 2 days ago that they will be there. ESPN producers need to double check

  16. joetoronto says: Mar 4, 2011 1:57 PM

    Eventually, the Eagles will get tired of changing Vick’s diaper.

  17. breeshasabush says: Mar 4, 2011 1:58 PM

    Interview Brees, him talking about the plumbing in his house is more important than anything Vick has to say.

  18. MannaFromKevin says: Mar 4, 2011 2:02 PM

    Hey Michael David Smith, you’re really on a roll!

    Go adopt an abused puppy. That’s a better way to make use of your Vick bias than bombarding us with non-story garbage. What, now that Favre is actually done for good you need another news topic to exhaust?

  19. 3octaveFart says: Mar 4, 2011 2:09 PM

    bfridley says: Mar 4, 2011 1:35 PM

    “People who keep it real just bang it here.”


    Well, I guess that’s one way to make sure your post isn’t censored.

  20. laxer37 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:16 PM

    The five people that watch ESPN First Take must have been really ticked off.

  21. zn0rseman says: Mar 4, 2011 2:32 PM

    Was Bert Bell an infamous torturer and killer of dogs, or was he convicted of knowingly infecting women with STD’s while using the alias ‘Ron Mexico’ to get treatment?

    Just trying to figure out what Vick could be collecting an award for…

  22. meattuperello says: Mar 4, 2011 2:34 PM

    Coddler’s are going to coddle.

    He shouldn’t be in the league at this point. Give him time, he’ll be back in prison.

  23. chrisbermansdoublechin says: Mar 4, 2011 2:39 PM

    Vick was at another location, but he couldn’t have done the interview via remote? There’s a pattern here, & b/c the Eagles have a credibility issue, we just have to figure who the LIAR is? IF there’s a LOCKOUT who’s going to tell Vick what to do?

  24. famucancer says: Mar 4, 2011 2:41 PM

    Haters…how does it feel knowing that you are all beet red and mad and Vick makes you feel that way? LOL

  25. vicktator says: Mar 4, 2011 2:43 PM

    i remember back when you were allowed to post comments on this site

  26. lucky5927 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:43 PM

    That is ReVickulous! It’s not like the Eagles pulled him off the Oprah show or something…. Oh wait..

  27. mick730 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:50 PM

    What is this award for? Honestly, I’ve never seen a player who has accomplished so little, receive so many awards.

  28. Robert says: Mar 4, 2011 2:54 PM

    Michael Vick…………….2012!!

  29. stairwayto7 says: Mar 4, 2011 4:14 PM

    ESPN giving bogus facts? shocking!

  30. nickynick04 says: Mar 4, 2011 4:20 PM

    The Eagles, Reid, Banner & the young kid are
    notorious liars. I mean come on. How many times has Reid lied to the media,
    ” Kolb is my QB, print it….24 hrs later IT’s Vick ”
    his coaches it goes on and on….The EAGLES LIE….BIG TIME

  31. alltimeballa says: Mar 4, 2011 5:24 PM

    Once upon a time there was a group of football bloggers who had nothing to do. “What can we do?” they asked one another. “Let’s make up stories about the really bad guy who plays football for the eagles.” So off to their computers they went, typing away. “Lets see, what can we write so that we can get 100 responses?” “Let’s say that he’s a liar even though its our fault for not VERIFYING a story before putting it in print. The people will still believe us over that really bad guy.” So off they went with their little story. Eventually people got tired of them telling the same story everyday. One day, after making up story after story, people started changing their minds about the really bad guy from PHILLY and saw that it was really just lies in print.


  32. exeaglefan says: Mar 4, 2011 5:35 PM

    The Eagles are soooo afraid of Michael Vick being himself . Its actually funny.

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