In yet another black-eye for Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Vick has been tested positive for marijuana and as a result, has been ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device and receive mental health counseling, according to court documents filed on Wednesday.
Vick tested positive for marijuana in a urine sample submitted on September 13, 2007 – seventeen days after entering a plea agreement in Federal court on dogfighting charges. As part of his pretrial release, Vick had agreed to “refrain from use or unlawful possession of a narcotic drug or other controlled substance.” A probation officer (Vick’s, I would imagine), Patricia Locket-Ross, petitioned Judge Henry E. Hudson to impose stricter conditions on Vick on Monday.
Other conditions imposed on Vick include: being restricted to his Virginia home daily from 10 PM to 6 AM; the home confinement will include electronic monitoring at Vick’s expense. In addition, the judge ordered Vick to continue in a substance therapy program and participate in mental health counseling. As of this writing, there has been no response from the National Football League regarding this development.
Just when you thought that Vick would have one ounce of responsibility in him, this marijuana chapter takes away what layers of credibility Vick once had. Which is unfortunate because it is bad enough that he has the dogfighting charges dogging (no pun intended) him, but the latest drug charges seem to make it all the more unlikely that he will taste freedom from prison walls any time soon once sentence(s) have been passed on him.