Vick might face drug charges

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For the third time in nine months, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

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Vick reluctantly surrendered a water bottle that smelled like marijuana and contained a substance in a hidden compartment to security at Miami International Airport.

He was not arrested and was allowed to board a flight that landed in Atlanta before noon Wednesday.

Miami police said Thursday it could be weeks before a decision is made on whether to file charges against the three-time Pro Bowler, who this season became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards.

Under Florida law, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. First offenders rarely do any jail time.

"We'll do an analysis and see what it is. There's no sense of urgency to it," Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said Thursday.

The NFL's substance abuse policy states any team can decide that a player's "behavior, including but not limited to an arrest," can warrant a physical exam from its appointed medical director. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said no decision had been made in Vick's case.

"We have a process that provides guidelines for every situation," Aiello said. "Our doctors conduct a lengthy evaluation, if necessary, and then decide if enrollment in a treatment program is necessary."

Vick did not return a phone call Thursday. The Falcons said they would have no further comment until they discussed the matter with Vick, who finds himself mired in another embarrassing situation.

Last April, Vick settled a lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed the player knowingly gave her herpes.

In November, Vick made an obscene gesture toward Atlanta fans who heckled the team as it came off the field after a 31-13 loss to New Orleans. Vick apologized profusely, paid a $10,000 team fine and donated another $10,000 to charity.

The bottle was found to have a compartment that contained "a small amount of dark particulate and a pungent aroma closely associated with marijuana," a Miami police report said. The compartment was hidden by the bottle's label so that it appeared to be a full bottle of water when held upright, police said.

Associated Press writer Curt Anderson in Miami contributed to this report.

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road runner
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road runner 01/19/07 - 06:10 am
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That explains why he drops

That explains why he drops the football so much. I wish he could hold on to the football like he did that bottle of water.

I wondered if he had the munchies or was thirsty at halftimes??

NicoleKelly
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NicoleKelly 01/19/07 - 08:42 am
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Vick is such an idiot!!!!!!

Vick is such an idiot!!!!!! I live in Atlanta, and I've personally witness him taking a tote in the club. Why in the world does he think he's that invincible from getting checked at the airport? That's what wrong with these athletes; they think that they are exempt from everything. They need to dock his pay. He's not worth 130 million dollars. He can't even complete a play.

nvnvnvnv
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nvnvnvnv 01/19/07 - 09:07 am
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vick smokes an ounce a day

vick smokes an ounce a day lord knows he stays high

HUH2
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HUH2 01/19/07 - 11:25 am
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He is such a gifted athlete,I

He is such a gifted athlete,I don't care if he smokes weed but, he's not above the law or the rules that govern the NFL

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markxr7 01/19/07 - 01:58 pm
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This is not about Vick being

This is not about Vick being reckless, it's about him being STUPID! same reason Mora was fired. Whether Mora meant it or not, to say he wanted to be Washington State's coach (On the radio no less) meant he was STUPID and had no business being the head coach of an NFL team. Same goes for Vick. Whether the "residue" was his or not, whether he smokes pot or not, the facts are that 1) He had a fake water bottle designed to carry drugs with pot residue in it (drug residue for goodness sake!); 2) He tried to get on an airplane with this bottle when anyone who has flown in the past 6 months knows you can't carry more than 3 oz. of ANYTHING on an airplane; 3) He attracted additional attention to himself because the TSA agent said he didn't want to throw away the bottle (Yes, the agent actually tried to get him to just throw it away); 4) This flight was out of Miami (Miami, the U.S. welcome Center for drugs); 5) He's a STUPID, STUPID, STUPID man just like Jim Mora Jr. was a STUPID, STUPID, STUPID man! Bobby Petrino will never be able to teach him how to read an NFL defense because he's an IDIOT! I know he's got a multi million year contract, but I thought in the NFL you could be cut and your contract voided (But with salary cap ramifications). Does anyone out there know what these ramifications would be if we just cut him? In case I didn't mention it, Vick is a real selfish and immature SCRUB! and I don't want a SCRUB playing QB for the Falcons. King Arthur are you listening????

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jyzzm2000 01/19/07 - 05:54 pm
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vick is an outstanding

vick is an outstanding football player!! what he does off-field has nothing to do with anybody! yea, if he gets caught doing something illegal then yea he's in trouble but on-field the man throws the ball alot!! he can't throw the ball and catch it for them! everything isn't always Vick's fault!! when will people realize that football is a team game and when the other players don't catch the football, yea Vick will try and take over by running and trying to help them win the game!!

markxr7
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markxr7 01/19/07 - 08:38 pm
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If Arthur Blank doesn't do

If Arthur Blank doesn't do something soon then all this stinking crap about character is just lip service. I think Blank did the right thing by shipping the Mora gang out. Let's finish the job and ship out "Vick the Sick" too. Not doing anything will set a double standard for the other players and eventually destroy what Bobby Petrino is trying to build on. Mike "The Dimebag" Vick will never be a leader for the Falcons. Let's show him the way out of the JOINT!!!

TAG1313
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TAG1313 01/20/07 - 09:38 am
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Ick has problems remember

Ick has problems remember he's a coach killer! He already killed one. He a running back not a quarterback. His type of play works in college but not in the Pro's. Look at all the quarterbacks in the play off's. The pocket passer is the only style Q/B that works in the NFL. It's the only way you can protect the QB. Ick looks stoned on the field. He doesn't have any integrity. His Herps, Finger to the fans, and pot in the bottle. Can't you see what he's all about. Blank needs to wake up. Roll out to the left and let him go while he's worth something. You could free up a lot of money for a good player.

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billiemo 01/22/07 - 04:37 am
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I agree with you iyzzm2000,

I agree with you iyzzm2000, Vick is an outstanding football player. Have everyone forgotten about the positive things that Vick have done for the team in the past, ok, they did not make it to the playoffs because one player can not do it by himself. If Arthur Blank trade Vick to another team that will be the down fall for the Falcons, with a record of 2-14. If the team would have make it to the post season, no one would criticize the guy about what he does. If he did the crime, then he should answer for what he did. When Falcons management draft some good reciever and running backs, then Vick can show all his criticizers that he is worth the money that he earn. The whole NFL has a problem with drugs not only one player. The Media is an organisation killer.

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