NFL superstar Mike Vick is scheduled to enter training camp with his Atlanta Falcons teammates tomorrow. All eyes are on the NFL's most exciting player as he begins preparing for what many expect to be his best season ever. But it now looks as if Vick, who is the NFL's highest paid player, enjoyed a little too much of the "high" life during the off-season. MediaTakeOut.com exclusively obtained a photograph of Mike Vick with what appears to be a marijuana blunt in his hand.
The photo, which was on Vick's girlfriend's Myspace page, shows Vick embracing a blunt in his left hand (see below).
The NFL's drug policy explicitly prohibits the use of marijuana. While the policy doesn't penalize a player for his first violation, a player is fined four games salary for a second violation (which, in Vick's case would amount to $2.5M), a four-game unpaid suspension for a third violation, and a season long unpaid suspension for a fourth (which in Vick's case would cost him almost $10M).
And what's in Vick's hand isn't the only thing shocking in the photo. On close inspection, the photo shows what appears to be a herpes cold sore on the side of Mike Vick's mouth (see blown up image below). Rumors of Vick having herpes arose when he settled a lawsuit with a woman who claimed he infected her with the disease. The suit was filed by a 26-year-old health care worker who tested positive for herpes after having unprotected sex with Vick. While the terms of the settlement were never released, an insider told MediaTakeOut.com that Vick is reported to have paid the woman a six-figure sum to go away.