Sunday, December 21, 2014

Organizer: Vick knew about party

DALLAS -- Michael Vick knew about the Super Bowl party that has been billed as his own, according to one of the party's organizers.

Organizer: Vick knew about party

After missing the Super Bowl, Michael Vick made his first Pro Bowl start since 2006 on Sunday. (Eugene Tanner/AP Photo)
After missing the Super Bowl, Michael Vick made his first Pro Bowl start since 2006 on Sunday. (Eugene Tanner/AP Photo)

DALLAS -- Michael Vick knew about the Super Bowl party that has been billed as his own, according to one of the party's organizers.

The party, however, is just one of several events that were organized to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Collin County, located in suburban Dallas, Damien Butler said.

Butler, a sports agent who runs G3 Sports Marketing, said that he contacted Vick three weeks ago about making a speaking appearance at the Boys and Girls Club and about hosting a party at the Deux Lounge. Butler said that the Eagles quarterback would also present a $10,000 check to the Club at the Deux Lounge.

A party is to follow at the venue, but Butler said that Vick would leave before it started. An Eagles spokesman said on Thursday that Vick was not "attending parties." On Thursday night, Vick wrote in a text message to The Inquirer that he was "not going."

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The money raised from the party is to benefit the Boys and Girls Club, Butler said.

Butler said that Vick arrived in Dallas on Thursday. He was spotted at the EA Sports Super Bowl party by a Miami Herald reporter who tweeted that Vick was "sipping on a bottle of soda water all night."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked during his state of the league address on Friday about Vick hosting public parties eight months after a man was shot as the quarterback's 30th Birthday Party in Virginia Beach.

Goodell said that he had spoken to Vick about the party that is being publicized as "Super Bowl -- Dallas Dynasty 2011 -- The Michael Vick Experience." The invitation has a large illustration of Vick in his Eagles uniform and a "V7" logo.

"He has said that on numerous occasions people have been using his name about being involved with some type of a party and he had no intention in participating in that," said Goodell, who added: "I want to make sure that he doesn't put himself in a position of where he's going to make decisions or bad things are going to happen around him and he takes that seriously."

Butler said that he has known Vick for years because his cousin, Michael Malone, played football at Virginia Tech, where Vick also played.

Asked if Vick had concerns about being affiliated with another party open the public, Butler said that Vick said that he wanted "to do something to help the kids out." 

"This is a very upscale corporate event," Butler said. "We have state senators coming. Not everybody can walk in off the street."

The invitation says, "Four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick would like to personally invite you to the only upscale, A-list celebrity event of the 2011 Super Bowl. This will be the primary and preferred destination for iconic personalities from the NFL, MLB, Hollywood, the music industry and corporate America. Simply put the premier A-list high society event of the 2011 Super Bowl!!"

Butler said that a very "selective door staff" would decide who could enter and who could not. He said that admission was at least $250. There are no physical tickets.

TMZ.com reported on Thursday that the owner of Deux Lounge said that there would be increased security at the event provided by Vick, the NFL, and the club, including three off-duty members of a SWAT team.

Butler said that report was embellished. He said there would be security provided by the lounge, the Dallas police department and Vick's own security detail. Butler said he ran a similar event last year for Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade during NBA All-Star weekend here.

Jeff Skaggs, identified by TMZ.com as the operating owner of Deux Lounge, did not return messages for comment.

An Eagles spokesman said the team had no comment.

Butler said that Vick had other appearances scheduled for the remainder of Super Bowl weekend. Vick is expected to be named NFL comeback player of the year by the Associated Press on Saturday. The award will be presented here on NFL Network.

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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