- Associated Press - Thursday, July 1, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. | Philadelphia Eagles‘ quarterback Michael Vick says he was not involved with a shooting following his birthday celebration in Virginia Beach last week.

“I want to assure everyone that I had nothing to do with that incident,” he said in the statement provided to The Associated Press by his representatives Thursday night. “I left the restaurant prior to it occurring and did not witness what happened.”

Vick said he reported the incident to the Eagles and “to representatives of Commissioner Roger Goodell.”

The former Atlanta Falcons star also said he has been “completely truthful and fully cooperative” with law enforcement and the NFL, and will continue to cooperate as the investigation continues.

The Eagles and NFL have said they are looking into the matter. Goodell told Vick when reinstating him last season that his margin for error was “extremely limited.”

Police said earlier Thursday that they have not ruled out Vick as a suspect or person of interest in their investigation. Police spokesman Adam Bernstein said they will not discuss specifics of the investigation and that no one has been named as a suspect or arrested.

Vickmet with police on Monday, accompanied by Woodward.

Bernstein declined to characterize Vick’s status in the investigation.

“I don’t want to say either way as to what his involvement is,” Bernstein told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “Everyone wants me to give him a label because of who he is.”

Police have not identified the shooting victim, but Vick’s attorney, Larry Woodward, said it was Quanis Phillips.

In his statement, Vick did not name Phillips, a co-defendant in the dogfighting case that landed Vick in federal prison.

Vick, who filed for bankruptcy in 2008, is entering his second season with the Eagles and due to earn $5.2 million.

The NFL star’s statement comes almost a week after the shooting early last Friday.

Woodward told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Vick left the establishment at least 10 minutes, and perhaps as many as 20 minutes, before the shooting took place.

Story Continues →