It's no secret that Michael Vick has had his fair share of run-ins with the law.
In the not-so-distant past Vick, who was with the Atlanta Falcons at the time, inspired picketers from animal-rights groups like PETA, protesting his alleged involvement in a dogfighting ring.
Vick entered a not-guilty plea, but served 21 months in a federal prison for his role in the case. Long story short, he was the money-man and facilitated land for his friends' dogs to go head-to-head.
That's how the story goes, anyways.
Vick is back in the headlines —and it's not for good deeds.
A co-defendant in Vick's 2007 animal cruelty-dogfighting case, Quanis Phillips, was shot at Vick's 30th birthday party in the early morning hours of June 25 in Virginia. Phillips suffered minor injuries.
After a cake-throwing incident and an argument about who invited Phillips, Vick's younger brother, Marcus Vick, was said to have escorted Phillips out of the night club.
Larry Woodard, one of Vick's attorneys, said his client was not at the night club when Phillips was shot. Associating with anyone from the dogfighting case would be a violation of Vick's parole agreement. And that's back to the pen for the current Eagle.
Here are my two cents: Vick has to be one of two things.
1. A victim of circumstance. It sure is bad luck that on the night of your birthday, an old acquaintance whom you are ordered to have no contact with, crashes your party.
Talk about coincidence.
Vick's camp reportedly escorted the man out of the club. The timetable is a little hazy, but supposedly Vick wasn't present when Phillips was shown the door. There are conflicting reports that go both ways on the specifics.
Surely Vick is smarter than that. Right? He just got over a hump that few could. He's back in the NFL, and is one of the highest paid pine-riders in the league.
As the details are leaked, and confirmed, the public will soon find out if Vick learned his lesson from the 2007 dogfighting case.
2. He has not, and will never, learn his lesson. What was he doing with pistol-packing thugs in the first place?
Those types of people are the ones who brought him problems three years ago. Were the public service announcements and the pro-PETA talk just a cover to restore his image?
Are we giving Vick too much credit? No one is perfect. But some guys just never learn.
The jury is out on this one, but if Vick continues to be a "person of interest," as he was called by police, more dirty laundry could cost Vick his career.
Vick threw for 86 yards in 12 games in 2009 — his first season in the NFL since 2006. He had a 93.8 QB-rating.