Water Bottle Had Hidden Compartment, Marijuana-Like Odor
Despite setting a all-time
record for rushing over 1,000 yards this season -- unusual for a
quarterback -- Atlanta Falcons player Michael Vick couldn't evade
security screeners at Miami International Airport this week.
According to a police report obtained by South Florida
Sun-Sentinel, TSA screeners discovered a 20-ounce bottle in Vick's
carry-on luggage as he prepared to board an AirTran flight to
Atlanta Wednesday night. The player was reluctant to hand the
bottle over to screeners, but eventually relented. The screener
then tossed the bottle into a recycling bin, and allowed Vick to
continue past the checkpoint.
However, the suspicious screener then reportedly took the bottle
from the bin, and discovered it contained a hidden compartment.
Inside that compartment, according to the report, was a "small
amount of dark particulate and a pungent aroma closely associated
The TSA called police, who took the bottle away for testing.
No charges have been filed against Vick as of yet... but on
Thursday, Falcons President and General Manager Rich McKay said he
and new Falcons coach Bobby Petrino met with the Pro Bowl
quarterback, and expressed their disappointment. McKay also said,
depending on what the test discovers, the National Football League
and the team could take action against the player... on top of
possible criminal charges.
"He knows he let a lot of people down," McKay said. "Not just
the coaches, not just me, not just (Falcons owner) Arthur Blank,
but the fans."
This incident is the latest to bring
unwanted attention to Vick (right), who is the highest-paid
quarterback in the league with a 10-year, $130 million contract
with the Falcons. Last April, the player settled a lawsuit filed by
a woman who claimed Vick knowingly gave her herpes. And following a
November loss to the New Orleans Saints, Vick flipped off Atlanta
fans who heckled the team -- which was caught by television
For that incident, Vick was fined $10,000 by the team, and
donated another $10,000 to charity. If charges are brought against
Vick for this latest incident, the punishment could include being
ousted from the team completely.
(Photo courtesy NFL.com)