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. Patrick

    Nike doesn't care about anything except making money off of his name. Sure some people may boycott but they know they'll profit from him or else they wouldn't endorse him. They've done their research, they know they'll make money.

    July 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lanfear

    LOL HypocriteNation. Excellent point! The animals in the hot dogs that Maureen will be stuffing her face with , they're treated the same, or worse as Vicks dogs. This happens on a regular basis, on a larger scale, and they are CONSUMED. So Maureen, how DOES it feel to be a hypocrite?

    July 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |

    Really people, I am by no means an animal hater or lover but it seems that you people who would like for him to never get ahead in a life again are just as bad as what he did. I don't by any means condone what he did but why does it seem everyone who hates him for it acts as if they have never done wrong a day in their life. If you all did something that was terribly wrong and had it broadcast all over the media and you did your time, turned your life around and wanted a second chance, you would want just that....A SECOND CHANCE. I guess you all don't know how to forgive. GEES!! I feel for anyone in your lives that may do wrong to you and need a second chance. It almost seems that you all care more about animals than you do the life of a human being!! You all need to really get a life!! The man did his time, he paid his debt to society. Now get over it ALREADY!!! and find a place in your heart to be forgiving becasue one day you're going to need to be forgiven for something and I'm sure you would want that forgiveness to be available to you!! Oh and by the way I promise you Nike's revenue will not suffer one bit because you won't be buying one pair of shoes!!!

    July 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lanfear

      It's a typical case of peons hating the rich.

      July 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. andy

    You guys might be calling him a looser, a criminal, and pos. but whatever the case may be he paid the piper and now hes laughing all the way to the bank, while you guys still cry about it. Get over it, and move on!!

    July 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lanfear

      Exactly, people are only hurting themselves by holding onto their hate. As I said before, it isn't healthy. Get yourself checked out if you can't get over this.

      July 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vicks Cool, Love NIkes

      These same people are losing their houses, cant get a job, and arent being great examples of what a model citizen would be either............I Guess taking their frustrations out on someone whose making an attempt at fixing what he himself ruined is a way of making life worth it.

      Keep playing Football Vick, and Nike keep making shoes. Im proud of him and the company for showing people its okay to realize youre wrong and come back to reality.

      July 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conway Twill

      Where is Nike crap made? Who makes it? And who just endorsed that? I guess it's just one more dot for Ron Mexico's already stellar resume, right?

      July 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vicks Cool, Love NIkes

      Conway Twill Nike is made in the same place that 85% of the products in your household are. Guess youre boycotting all that stuff to though right.....Cant wait to see you get the lynch mob together to go boycott your Television, bed spreads, and polo shirts!

      July 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scott

    I don't personally know him. But I am just as proud of him as if I did. He has done a remarkable job turning his life around with the help of a very few select people who believed in him. He has paid for his crime and what those who continue to degrade him. you are missing a critical reversal of fortune. That being, he is an incredible incredible recognized athlete who is now on your side with respect to animal cruelty. Forgive him, embrace him and be grateful. His work to prevent this type of behavior will save countless number of animals being abused. Again, I say I am proud of him.

    July 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Alvin

    It was dogs, not a man. If you were white and killed a man, than Life would go on. Let's start to be real here.

    July 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brightson2

    I spit on Vick & Nike!

    July 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lanfear

      And they spit on you, with dollar bills.

      July 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Boom

    I just called Nike's customer service and logged a complaint and told them I was boycotting all products because of their decision to endorse Vick. Please call Nike at 1-800-344-6453. It took me 2 minutes and maybe they will reconsider this bad choice. -Boom

    July 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      I too called and registered a complaint. Let them know that I will NOT purchase another Nike product as long as they have Vick as a spokesman. If you call, select option 5, then option 9 to get to the right place.

      July 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeBoom

      So your boycotting the best products in the world? I feel like your on the losing end here

      July 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      wow dude, he's a human that made a mistake. either your racist and love adidas or you need to get over animal cruelty really quick. i bet you support abortion too.... what if your mom had an abortion?

      July 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcus

      yeah, that teach don't wear Nike anyway...and the people who do really like Mike and Tiger too.

      July 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Vicks Cool, Love NIkes

    Were all worried about dogs while for the last decade a President named George Bush sent your kids to die as he made attempts at avenging his father and settling his own personal agendas. Keep it up America!

    July 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. troll baba loo

    @peri: nope never once said he was the lowest form. I was only using the fact that we as a society do not allow people who have been convicted of certain crimes to be allowed to do certain things even after they have served their time and apparently after explaining that a bit ago you still don't get it.

    July 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kori

    This might just be a simple question, but there is a lot of people on here commenting that they are very upset that Vick is earning a living again….My question is, Is any of you voicing an opinion about the other guys who were doing the same…and more things to dogs? Remember Vick bankrolled it he wasn’t the main participant he didn’t do a vast majority of the killing. Are you people checking up on the other guys, are you protesting and boycotting the companies that they work for? You’re getting really worked up about one company. As far as I remember there were many other guys. Where is the passion about them?

    July 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Auticus

    God this is getting old. Vick paid his dues. He did wrong. He was punished. He served his time. This concept of eternal punishment is just as wrong.

    July 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Perfect example of why I purchase anything but Nike. For all those who say, "it's just dogs, not a man" that was killed, maybe we ought to put you down violently. You're excess baggage in the airport of life, nimrods.

    July 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. shai

    He will always have this blemish in his life. There is a difference between forgetting what he did and forgiving his actions. He was released out of jail so he can rejoin society. which means he has the right to pursue all of his dreams. Michael vick right now is the model for how people getting out of jail. He will become the standard by which society holds people coming out of jail. Why not let him continue to do positive things for other people like he is now.

    July 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Anne

    @ everyone who thinks Vick deserves a second chance. I agree!!!! He should be tied up, electrocuted and waterboarded then made to fight to the death in a cage. If he comes out alive then he should be forgiven and released just like the dogs he tortured. They got a second chance at life and he should too, the same way they did. After heinous abuse and near death, he will find redemption.

    July 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
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