Sounds like embattled Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has put his baby brother in check after young Marcus went on an epic Twitter rant on Monday night, blasting Michael’s teammates and even requesting a trade out of Philly.
Speaking to reporters after his brother’s controversial outburst, Vick said he told Marcus to “shut off the Twitter,” according to ESPN.com.
“You’ll never see that again,” Vick said. “Trust me.”
He also distanced himself from his ability to have foreseen or control the rant, implying that he’d give his brother — who played college football at Virginia Tech before being kicked off the team in 2006 — a stern lecture.
“That’s not me,” Vick said. “If it doesn’t come from me … I’m in the middle of a full-fledged game. I don’t know what’s being said. I don’t know what’s going on. But I definitely got it corrected. We definitely had a serious heart-to-heart conversation.”
Marcus took to his Twitter account during the Eagles’ 28-13 beatdown by the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football this week. “Please trade my brother. We requesting out of Philly!!!! Please please please……” he tweeted at one point before deleting the post. Other messages teed off on the Eagles’ offensive line, which has been part the reason Vick has sustained several massive hits this season:
After the game, Vick appeared to be taken off guard when asked about the tweets by reporters, and quickly apologized. Marcus then used Twitter to apologize as well the day after his rant:
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