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. "
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.
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?
He is not a criminal.
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.
A good look for Micheal Vick ...NIKE stand up ! NYjets coming for the crown ..1 time
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.
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
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
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!!
whine much?? cry vick a river..
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
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.
You got that right D, Let Mike Tyson bite Vick's ear off.
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).
stop acting like a B8tch... pretty sure your not perfect..
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.
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.
"Nike Re-signs Michael Vick... Alpo, unlikely." That would be a much funnier headline.
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
i love it...vick is awesome!! nike is awesome!! i already spend $1000s on nike..and i will continue! all the haters are jealous!
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.
So many HATERS out there... it blows my mind.
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.
Careful. You need a job first.
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!
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.
BRAVO STEVE! WORTH REPEATING!
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