LOS ANGELES—Crisis communications specialist Sitrick & Company has been retained by the legal team defending Michael Vick, after the Atlanta Falcons quarterback was charged with operating an interstate dog-fighting ring from his home in Virginia.
Sitrick’s Jason Booth, a former economics correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, issued a statement for the defense team after Vick entered a not guilty plea during an appearance at the courthouse in Richmond. Vick apologized to his teammates and asked the public to withhold judgment “until all the facts are shown.”
According to newspaper reports, former Fox News and CNN Headline News reporter Collins Spencer is also assisting Vick.
The quarterback has been barred from the Falcons training camp while the NFL conducts its investigation into the charges. Last week, Nike announced that it has suspended his advertising contract and will pull products with his name off the shelves at company stores following protests from animal rights groups, while Reebok—the official uniform supplier to the NFL—has stopped selling Vick’s replica jersey.
In addition to longtime attorney Lawrence “Woody” Woodward, Vick has retained Atlanta lawyer Daniel Meachum, whose clients include actor Denzel Washington and actor Wesley Snipes—another Sitrick client—who faces tax fraud and tax evasion charges; William Martin, who secured an acquittal on aggravated manslaughter charges for former New Jersey Nets player Jayson Williams; and James Williams, who represented one of the unindicted co-conspirators in the Duke lacrosse team rape case.
The defense team also sought to remind the public “that these are only allegations, not facts. This case will be tried in the courts, not the media.”
The case is set for trial in Richmond’s federal court in late November.