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.

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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. San

    Get over the darn dogs already..... You have real criminals running loose and you're more worried about the financial end of a dog fighting ring. Yet Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and others can snort coke all day, drive drunk, and wreck other peoples property but no public backlash. People have gotten less time for vehicular manslaughter..........unbelievable.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Vick is a "real" criminal. He didn't just finance dogfighting, he personally drowned, hung, electrocuted these defenseless animals! How can you say he's not a "real" criminal?

      July 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JQ

      He is not a criminal.

      July 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      You think people hold lohan, hilton and others in high regard as well? I certainly dont. And as Lisa said, it wasnt just the financial end of the dog fighting, its the cruelty side.

      And sorry JQ hes a convicted criminal, and he will forever be that.

      July 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rodking Aesthetic

    A good look for Micheal Vick ...NIKE stand up ! NYjets coming for the crown ..1 time

    July 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • DFonz

      Good. He served his time. It is time for the rest of us tom move on.

      Nike – I support you and will continue to purchase your merchandise. I applaud your decision to show support for Vick.

      July 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ms.Brenda Scott

    I am so glad The Lord does not judge us as we judge others.Michael Vick has been jailed and released.Thank You Lord for allowing him another chance to use his God given talents.I believe he will continue to do postive things.I know all those who travel with The Lord reach their destinations.Michael,stayprayerful, thankful,and grateful for all thy Blessings!
    Also, there will always be people who are naysayers, negative , hateful regardless, Salute Nike and Mike!
    POET, PLAYWRIGHT & AUTHOR MS. BRENDA SCOTT

    July 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      So should we let all White Supremacist out and condone their actions with your "They'll always be naysayers, and negative people, blah, blah, blah? I doubt it. It's as blunt as this.

      "The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them."
      — Maya Angelou

      July 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. D

    Fair enough, I will never give Nike a penny again. Sure he did his time, sure he said he was sorry...so what? Some crimes are not forgivable and 15+ years of torturing, murdering, force breeding, slaughtering, electrocuting, and stomping dogs for joy and financial gain is one of those crimes. ROT IN HELL MICHAEL VICK!!

    July 1, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • nike lover

      whine much?? cry vick a river..

      July 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Speedy 19

      You mean like slavery. Some hypocrites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Well, I agree some are not forgivable that is why America is on her way down unless she repents to God

      July 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      D, the same thing is done to millions of animals, it just isn't looked at culturally the same as our pets. If you're not going to support Nike anymore I hope you are not going to support Industrial Agricutlure and factory farming of animals, because it is the same exploitation and abuse.

      July 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      You got that right D, Let Mike Tyson bite Vick's ear off.

      July 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • PuyallupVote

      To contact Nike to make a comment: 1-800-344-6453 click on option 5 and then option 9. You will be given more options to received a call back but if you wait it out you can eventually get to an option to wait on hold and talk to a representative. I did and she was respectful. (Caution: They can record your comments).

      July 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • KING

      stop acting like a B8tch... pretty sure your not perfect..

      July 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CJ26

    Good for him. I hated him for what he did along with his arrogance and indifference about the whole situation. But I will be the first to admit that he has really seemed to turn things around, unlike many, prison has truly changed him for the better. I think he deserves a 2nd chance, and its good to see he's finally getting it. He is no longer the knuckle headed thug that thinks he's untouchable. He is now humble and is really working hard to turn his life around.

    I think he realizes how lucky he is to be getting a 2nd chance, if this was any one of us "regular" folk, we never would have been given the same opportunity.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sam49

    As an owner of three rescue dogs, and a volunteer at my local animal shelter, not only do I support Michael Vick, but he is truly a role model for all of those who have made bad decisions, chosen bad friendships, and have served jail time among others. Only those who are innocent of any wrong doing and making poor decision should judge others.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jonathan

    "Nike Re-signs Michael Vick... Alpo, unlikely." That would be a much funnier headline.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ItsMe

    good for vick...he had a hell of a season n he's gettin rewarded just like every other professional athlete. I ran over a rabbit yesterday I guess I should get 20 months too...lol our justice system is a joke

    July 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nike lover

    i love it...vick is awesome!! nike is awesome!! i already spend $1000s on nike..and i will continue! all the haters are jealous!

    July 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robert Smithee

    I quit buying Nike products a long time ago because they were paying exorbitant endorsement amounts to thug athletes, and that just drove up the prices for young kids. No surprise they would consider Vick a worthy role model for their products.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sebastian

    So many HATERS out there... it blows my mind.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alan

    Great move from Nike! Vick is one of the most entertaining football players in the NFL and deserves to be endorsed by Nike. It is funny how people hold such strong feelings for animal cruelty. Americans are a fickle crowd. There are far worse characters in the NFL. Vick is making up for his terrible actions in the past and will help the youths of today and tomorrow make better decisions.

    Ordering a Vick jersey, a set of Nike golf clubs, and some Nike soccer boots.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randle

      Careful. You need a job first.

      July 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Larry

    Why is this so hard to believe? They make the shoes in South Korea, where eating dog is a staple! Think about it. If the workers of Nike eat the dogs, Nike shouldn't have any problem with anyone fighting them. "The Vick" one bad ass bite by Nike!

    July 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hypocrite Nation

    When dogs are in the act of mauling people including innocent children are they cute and cuddly then? Will putting the dog behind bars change it's ways? No. Dogs are animals not people. You can't give rights to dogs and not Cows just because it's cute.

    July 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Randle

    BRAVO STEVE! WORTH REPEATING!

    "The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them."
    — Maya Angelou

    July 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
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