Tuesday, July 6, 2004
Marcus Vick charged with marijuana possesion
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick was
suspended indefinitely from the team Tuesday, the same day it was
revealed he was charged with reckless driving and possession of
The younger brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback and former
Hokies star Michael Vick was charged after an early morning traffic
stop on Saturday, state police said.
He was convicted in May of
three misdemeanors stemming from a drinking party with three
The school said the latest charge prompted the indefinite
suspension. Officials revealed Tuesday that Vick and two others
convicted in May had been suspended for the first three games of
Vick, a redshirt sophomore, was expected to challenge senior
Bryan Randall for the starting job this season after the two
essentially shared it last season.
Vick was stopped by a state trooper early Saturday morning on an interstate about 25 miles east of Richmond. He was clocked on radar at 86 mph, 21 mph above the speed
limit, state police spokesman Gary B. Payne said.
"As a result of the traffic stop, he also was charged with
possession of marijuana," Payne said.
Both charges are misdemeanors, he said.
In May, the 20-year-old Vick was sentenced to 30 days in jail
and fined $2,250 on three counts of contributing to the delinquency
of a minor after he and two teammates gave alcohol to 14- and
15-year-old girls at the players' apartment.
Tailback Mike Imoh, 19, was sentenced to 10 days in jail and
fined $750. Wide receiver Brenden Hill, 19, was sentenced to 20
days in jail and fined $1,500.
After the trial, Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver
promised to punish the players, but refused to disclose what kind
of disciplinary action he would take, citing the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
On Tuesday, Weaver revealed that all three players had been
suspended for the first three games of this season. School
spokesman Larry Hincker said all three players had signed a waiver
that allowed the school to detail the penalties.
"I believe that the actions this past winter of Mike Imoh,
Brenden Hill, and Marcus Vick were inappropriate and contrary to
the values of our university and sports communities, and should
warrant sanction," Weaver said in a statement.
"Although these matters are on appeal in the criminal courts, I
am moving forward in the best interests of all concerned with
Coach Frank Beamer has declined to discuss the convictions,
saying he wanted to wait until the appeals process has run its
course. The university said in the release that Weaver would have
nothing further to say and that he spoke for the university.
Vick has appealed his conviction and sentence to Montgomery
County Circuit Court.
Vick was suspended for one game last season for a violation of team policy.
Virginia Tech does not automatically suspend students charged
with a misdemeanor. Hincker said any student convicted of a
misdemeanor is subject to disciplinary action levied by the
university office of judicial affairs. Penalties range from a
simple warning to dismissal from school.