Nike re-signs Michael Vick
Star quarterback Michael Vick lost his endorsement deals when he was sent to federal prison.
July 1st, 2011
01:17 PM ET

Nike re-signs Michael Vick

Michael Vick, the star National Football League quarterback whose career was interrupted by a dogfighting conviction, has reached an endorsement agreement with athletic equipment maker Nike.

"We have re-signed Michael Vick as a Nike athlete," Megan Saalfeld, a Nike spokeswoman, said in an e-mail to CNN.

See rare photos of Michael Vick

Vick, currently on the roster of the Philadelphia Eagles, served 20 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to bankrolling a dogfighting operation. He has since emerged as a spokesman against dogfighting.

"Michael acknowledges his past mistakes," Saalfeld said. "We do not condone those actions, but we support the positive changes he has made to better himself off the field. "

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  1. bill

    Just like leonard little, it just goes to show if you can play ball you can do whatever the hell you want and all is forgiven, you can go right back to your life. BTW if you didn't know Leonard Little committed vehicular homicide while he was drunk when he played for the Rams, after a slap on the wrist all was forgiven and he went back to playing ball like nothing ever happened.

    July 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Leonard Little is a different story. He actually got away with a form of murder. Vick was convicted and served his time. He paid his debt to society, and returned to his career.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Little, Vick and a growing list of others. But hey.. you play well enough and all is forgiven …right?

      July 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. C. Witt / Indiana

    i own two dogs and have had many in my lifetime. I can't even begin to imagine how anyone could do what Vick did. Furthermore, I can begin to imagine how anyone could hire someone that has commited the crimes against life that Vick has as a spokesman. I can't lie, I don't own iny Nikes and I never will. Just google the pictures of the dogs that came out of his ring. It will turn your stomach and if you are human make you feel the same way as me.

    July 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The Real Deal

    They are dogs... get real! I have children to feed... go Mike Vick!!!

    July 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joshua Ludd

      What does that have to do with you feeding your kids?

      July 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Boo

    Gross overpriced cheap junk represented by a gross overpriced cheap player. Nike isn't even popular anymore, how is this going to help them sell stuff again?

    July 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yo Yo...

      You're an idiot!

      July 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaya

      As a matter of fact, they just un-sold themselves to a LOT of people. I, for one, am never buying a NIKE product ever again.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stoptheracism

      Most of the hate towards Vick is just racism. He did some bad things towards dogs. He did his time and he payed both with is freedom and with money for his crimes. We all eat hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken, and fish all day every day. We kill animals and eat them constantly by the billions. We also have sports and zoos and abuse animals all the time. However, we only condemn Vick? Well they shoot deers and other animals on ESPN all the time for sport. I never saw a deer with a gun.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      @ Stoptheracism

      You know you’ve lost the argument when you have to full the race card

      July 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Vick is such a COWARD

    Will NEVER purchase NIKE again!

    July 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yo Yo...

      You're also an idiot!!

      July 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Done

      Nike doesn't want people like you purchasing their product anyway.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stoptheracism

      Well I will buy two pairs of Nike just to support Vick and Nike for showing the world that there is redemption and that we all make mistakes but that should not mean the end of the world. I never met a perfect human being, never will. How are you better than Vick. Stop the hate. Lets go Vick!

      July 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joshua Ludd

    Yet another good reason to never buy anything made by Nike.

    July 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yo Yo...

      And who is signing you? That's right you are no one, so I'll put in the same club as the knuckleheads above.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Done

      I'm curious to know what your first reason was.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stoptheracism

      Well trust and believe Nike will not miss your McDonalds paycheck at all. You probably cant afford Nike anyway.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      @Yo Yo..

      So wait.. you have to be signed before you’re someone? Are you signed? Does your opinion matter more than his or less? And you are calling others idiots…lol

      July 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Animal Rights Federation

    The HSUS does not speak for animal lovers – join the Animal Rights Federation's cause to BOYCOTT NIKE!!!
    http://www.causes.com/causes/623481-boycott-nike?from=causes-share-facebook&amp%3Brecruiter_id=153883203

    July 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Shane Wright

    I hardly ever make posts on here but this is one opportunity I just couldnt resist. You all really should put your energy into something that you can actually have an impact on. No matter how much hate is spewed here, Mike Vick still receives his NIKE endorsement, he will still be the Philly Eagles STARTING QB, he will still be at the top in jersey sales and I'm sure he will be a success at whatever else life throws at him.

    and @Maureen PLEASE get off your high horse..Do you really think that you and maybe two or three other mommies at bbqs planning to go on a Nike purchasing strike will really make a difference? Do you really think Nike or Mikey care? If you do then bless your heart my dear. PS while you are at the BBQ, please dont allow your sweet kiddies to eat a hot dog or a burger...I mean eating meat is considered animal cruelty as well...just some food for though.

    For the longest I thought that only God could judge....I guess I was wrong.

    July 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yo Yo...

      Well said Shane Wright
      Cheers...

      July 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spuds McKenzie

      YoYo...you're an idiot. Thought I'd toss that back atcha, homie.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robin

      Really, becasue he lost his tv show and Subway isn't going to sponser an award anymore due to his nomination and how about all of those sponsers that backed out becasue of the backlash that was caused from people complaining about him. Just becasue he is an athlete doesn't make him superman and it doesn't make what he did wrong.
      How did VIck handle the situation: well, let's see...he lied to the public and said he wasn't involved and then got caught lying and plead guilty and went to jail. SInce he's been out of jail he's done everything he can to earn back money, earn back sponsorships and hasn't paid a dime to help the dogs that were left in re-hab (other then what was court ordered – and even then it was after a judge froze all of his accounts until he paid). Sure, lots of people have done stuff...it doesn't make it anymore right then what he did, but when you are in the media spotlight and you screw up then you are held to different standards. That's part of being in the spotlight.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      @Shane Wright

      Well there is the obvious fact we have a legal system with judges and juries.(of which convicted this Dbag)
      But hey.. common sense and facts just aren’t the strong suit for ‘true believers’.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CJ

    To WOW,
    Unborn aborted babies are defenseless, too! Why don't you channel some of that hatred and outrage you have for Michael Vick toward these heartless abortionists who murder babies daily by the hour. That's what you should be more outraged about! – not murdered and abused dogs.

    July 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scarls

      You are assuming that we can't be outraged about both? Vick is a thug. If he weren't blessed with athletic ability, he'd be in jail right now. If Nike chooses to waste their money on him, that is their choice. But it is also my choice to purchase from another retailer who doesn't have an endorsement deal with him. That is what is wrong with this country. People want to put athletic ability and earning potential above character and common decency. It is no wonder the US is in moral decline.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LURIMO

    I'm not a Nike or Eagles fan so I really don't give a s@#t either way. The one pair of Nikes I bought sucked, but my pit bulls love to use them as chew toys.

    July 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Done

      thats animal cruelty because the shoes is a choke hazard for the dog. You sir should be in jail.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • LURIMO

      @Done I must have struck the wrong chord with you. You're either a fan of overpaying for crappy shoes made by underpayed workers or you just don't have a sense of humor.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. troll baba loo

    @disapointed: sorry to say but you thinks wrong there are plenty of white and hispanic ghetto trash out there too. Sorry to go and burst your bubble.

    July 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jenn

    Aww... poor guy. He lost some money and spent 20 months in prison. Rough time, huh? He tortured a suffering living thing with his hand. He looked into the eyes of a living thing and thought it would be fun to hurt it until it died. Thought it would be enjoyable to cause pain and suffering. There is something wrong with him on a basic level. Why should he have money thrown at him now because his lawyers and PR people did a good job of telling him the right things to say? He's still the same callous sicko inside. Making him the face of a brand makes him a role model to kids who want to grow up to be athletes. It says "hey, it doesn't matter if you are a psychopath as long as you are good at sports."

    July 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • IrelandEI

      Thank you Jenn! Well put! No Nike products for my family. Not contributing to him or this thug brother.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • stretfordend

      you are sick and disillusioned....mental slavery is whats wrong with you!!!

      July 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • JimJ2

      Nice try, but you actually don't know the truth of any of the phrases you just wrote. And what skeletons are you hiding to feel the need to pile on like that?

      July 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Caroline Pynes

    this person is sick and has no heart, kinda like Nike!

    July 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Done

      I feel sorry for you and i hope you dont have any kids that look up to you.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. IrelandEI

    What person could drown an animal????? REALLY?

    He is sorry because he was caught treating these dogs with such cruelty. He is an idiot!

    I promised myself that I would not follow the team that hired him. I certainly will not purchase another Nike product.

    He is sorry because he was caught, sorry that he lost everything and sorry that he had to spend time in jail.

    And while we are at this….how’s that criminal brother of his?

    July 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • stretfordend

      guess what..no one gives a rats a**..and i know dats what hurts you the most added to the fact that mike vick is a black man!!

      July 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • IrelandEI

      responding to stretfordend

      Black man, red man, white man.....IT"S ABOUT MORAL'S......

      July 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bill

    @rob: as I stated before, Vick got off easy and there isn't any difference little was convicted he was just given a slap on the wrist like Vick and allowed to continue on as though nothing happened.

    July 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
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