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. Dan

    Here's a crash course on Michael Vick:
    "As the Little Red Dog lay on the ground, fighting for air, Quanis Phillips grabbed its front legs and Michael Vick grabbed its back legs. They swung the dog over their head like a jump rope then slammed it to the ground. The first impact didn't kill it. So, Phillips and Vick slammed it again. The two men kept at it, alternating back and forth, pounding the creature against the ground until, at last, the little red dog was dead." – from The Lost Dogs, by Jim Gorant

    July 16, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary Riordan

    No more Nike for me and mine! I could never wear anything that supports Michael Vick!!!!

    July 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jesse

    How are are any of the ppl leaving comments talking about never buying Nike products again going to say that vick did his time why are yall hatin on him because he doin his thing yea what he did was wrong but everybody makes mistakes i dont see ppl get bent out of shape when they kill deer? hey thats all fun and games, killing deer is actually a sport? but yall dont say nothing I think ppl are just saying alll this because Mike Vick is black say wat u want im going to stay wearing Nike and all you ppl saying all that bad stuff call your selfs followers of Christ smh i guess yall forgot forgive and forget its in the past smdh

    July 20, 2011 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
    • f

      and here comes a jerk who blames racism for everything

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  4. Teresa

    Nope, never buying Nike again. Dog fighting isn't a "mistake", it's a DECISION someone makes to do something cruel to a innocent animal. A person who does that has something missing in their heart. You don't "change" after that, it's who you are.

    July 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jenny H

    Vick PERSONALLY HUNG A DOG and was aware of the other dogs that were murdered! What kind of a person do you have to be to do something like that? I can't believe I actually read someone comment, "Nobody's perfect." That's what you say when you get into a car accident or yell at your child, not when you HANG A DOG! Vick will do whatever it takes to get his old career back . . . even lie. I WILL NEVER BUY ANYTHING NIKE AGAIN!

    August 31, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Troy Herkert

    he hasn't paid nearly enough dues for me, guess i'm a hater. as far as i'm concerned nike is dead. and he's toast. karma is chasing him, concussion, broken hand. hopefully nike will go down the tubes for this grand mistake. truly unbelievable

    September 25, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
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  11. ProDogs

    "Spokesperson" hardly addresses the needs that the dogs who are victimized by fighting require. How about putting his money where is mouth his? Once you cross over to the dark side, and feel/think/act that it is acceptable to treat another living creature the way he did, I have serious doubts about his ever "rehabilitating". Dead dogs can't "rehabilitate".

    December 21, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. fpw29

    THIS IS REDICULOUS !! He even stated if he wasn't caught HE WOULD STILL BE DOING IT !!! M-FER

    December 22, 2011 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. fpw29

    HOPE CLAY MATTHEWS BEATS HIM DOWN AGAIN THIS YEAR ... LOL - GET EM CLAY and don't stop just keep beatin him down.

    December 22, 2011 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. Paul P

    While Vick may have served his time in the eyes of the law, Endorsements should be reserved for those that have shown moral character and leadership in their lives. just because a creul assh*~=! says he has changed his ways and realized his wrongdoing does not warrant embracing him. How do I explain to my child that he used to torture, fight, kill, strangle, etc. animals for fun but it's OK now? I wish everyone would send a Nike shoe back to Nike in protest. I sure will never support Nike. I truly hope Vick has changed his beliefs, he should be allowed to go on with his life, but to embrace him, not me.

    June 1, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. Wendy

    Nope Nike sucks! He needs his dogs turned on him! I will wear Keds or Walmart shoes and no never, never Nike!

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