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Vick Speaks

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) _ Michael Vick says his mysterious
water bottle with a secret compartment, which was confiscated at
the Miami airport, contained nothing more than jewelry.
Speaking to the press for the first time since he was detained
January 18th for possession of a bottle with suspicious contents,
Vick said that the bottle was a hiding place for earrings and
jewelry.
Vick told reporters gathered for the Atlanta Falcons'
annoucement about the trade of Matt Schaub, Vick's backup, that he
had the bottle for years but had never checked it through an
airport.
Vick said he is focused on family and football. He is excited
about the options ahead under new head coach Bobby Petrino. Their
first meeting came soon after the incident in Miami.
He said Petrino brushed off the incident, and he found that
``uplifting.''
Vick said he did not speak out at the time because he felt that
everyone had rushed to judgment. Police said the bottle's secret
compartment appeared to have the odor and residue of marijuana.
Vick said there was a little water at the top. He said he told
the police and anyone else who would listen that it was his stassh
box for jewelry, but that was not reported.
The trade of Schaub signals to Vick that the starting
quarterback's job is his, but General Manager Rich McKay said that
was not the reason the trade was made.
McKay said the Falcons did not shop Schaub, but evaluated the
offers of ``three or four, maybe five'' teams.


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