Butler said 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. The Eagles’ quarterback was scheduled to meet with officials of the Boys and Girls Club at the Deux Lounge, and a party to benefit the Club was to follow at the same place, Butler said, but Vick was to leave before the party started.
An Eagles spokesman said on Thursday that Vick was not “attending parties.” On Thursday night, Vick wrote in a text message to The Philadelphia Inquirer that he was “not going.”
Butler said 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.”
Vick could not be reached Friday.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked during his state of the league address Friday about Vick hosting public parties eight months after a man was shot at the quarterback’s 30th birthday bash 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.” An online invitation on the Deux Lounge website features a large illustration of Vick in his Eagles uniform, a “V7” logo and video footage of Vick playing for the Eagles.
“I spoke to Michael three times in the last two weeks about his schedule here,” Goodell said. “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.
“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 he has known Vick for years because his cousin, Michael Malone, played football at Virginia Tech, where Vick also played.
Asked whether Vick had concerns about being affiliated with another party open to 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 online invitation states: “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, and there are no actual tickets.
TMZ.com reported 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 which included 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 security detail. Butler said he ran a similar event last year for Miami Heat guard Dwyane 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 the 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.