You have to hand it to Michael Vick. He's the highest-paid player in the NFL and plays a position where mental ability is a critical part of the job description. So how does he spend his time in the off-season? By trying to board a plane with marijuana concealed in a fake water bottle. This raised a few new concerns about the face of the franchise above and beyond his 20th place finish in the NFL in passer rating.
Trying to board a plane with marijuana in a bottle is an incredibly stupid move, given the level of security at airports these days and the fact that everyone knows that you can't take bottles onto planes. (Were the 273 signs to that effect at every airport too subtle for our quarterback?) Raising a stink when your fake bottle is confiscated is even dumber. The inescapable conclusion is that Vick suffers from poor judgment.
The greater concern is that Vick's actions are consistent with someone who is more than just a casual marijuana user. I have no problem with athletes smoking the occasional joint, but someone who is handsomely compensated for his endurance and athletic ability should not be smoking on a regular basis. The fact that Vick went to the trouble of taking weed onto a plane, as opposed to having a hanger-on buy some when he got back to Atlanta, and then went to the further trouble of buying a fake bottle to transport his weed indicates that a joint isn't just a rare treat for Mr. Vick.
Aside from being a bad sign about Vick, the incident also complicates the Falcons' off-season because it creates the possibility that Vick will be suspended for four games by the NFL in 2007. Thus, it makes it almost impossible for the team to deal Matt Schaub, unless they're very confident in D.J. Shockley.