Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Falcons' QB Vick defends his troubled brother
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick believes
Virginia Tech overreacted when the school dismissed his brother,
Marcus, from the football team after he stomped on an opposing
player during the Gator Bowl.
Marcus Vick later claimed the incident was accidental and that
he apologized to Louisville's Elvis Dumervil, but the All-American
defensive end denied receiving an apology.
Michael Vick, who led Virginia Tech to the 1999 national title
game as a redshirt freshman, was at the Gator Bowl and saw his
brother step on Dumervil.
"Sometimes your emotions just take over," Michael Vick said
during halftime Wednesday night of the Atlanta Hawks' game against
the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I know Marcus. He's not the kind of kid
that's going to do something like that on purpose. That's just
something he's got to live with, and now it's just time to move
Marcus Vick's Gator Bowl antics came after he received a
speeding ticket on Dec. 17 in Hampton, Va., for driving with a
He had been under a "zero tolerance" policy at Virginia Tech
following his suspension from the university for the 2004 season
after several legal problems.
Earlier this month, just three days after being kicked off the
football team, Vick was arrested and charged with pulling a gun on
three teenagers in Virginia.
The 21-year-old is free on $10,000 bond until he makes a March
court appearance in Suffolk, Va., to face three misdemeanor counts
of brandishing a firearm.
The brothers are living together now in Michael Vick's home in
Michael said he believes Marcus will be exonerated.
"No, I ain't mad," Michael Vick said. "He didn't do anything
wrong. The world will all know when the truth comes out."
Marcus Vick was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference
selection last year as a sophomore. After being dismissed from the
team, he made himself eligible for the NFL draft in April.
Michael Vick hadn't spoken of his brother's problems since the
Falcons ended their 8-8 season with a 44-11 home loss to Carolina.
The decision to fire his position coach, Mike Johnson, on Jan. 4
surprised Vick, who made the Pro Bowl twice in the last two years.
"It hurts me to see him go," Vick said. "I wish we could've
kept him around. I don't know why he's gone, but that decision was
made, and it's just something I've got to deal with."
Vick has not yet spoken to a Falcons official since head coach
Jim Mora hired Bill Musgrave as quarterbacks coach on Tuesday. He
wished the team had consulted him before making the moves.
"I think it would've been appropriate, but it's all good,"
Vick said. "I can't make those decisions. That's why they coach."