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. Erol

    The only way we can voice our opinion is to persuade others not to buy anything endorsed by this guy.
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_132989970112160&notif_t=group_activity

    July 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sid

    GOOD BYE NIKE.

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

    Hey Jomm, Your comment was a great example of Ebonics!!! This is the intelligence Vick has supporting him, tells you something.

    July 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. throttlechop

    I will never buy Nike again. The sick nature of that creep's crimes should have evicted him from the role of 'inspirational figure' for life. If he hadn't been caught, charged and penalized he'd still be out there comitting these atrocities. He’s paid his debt to society and therefore earned the right to walk free- but he should never be hailed as any kind of role model again. Nike re-signing him is making the statement that he’s a cool guy- but cool guys don’t electrocute dogs for kicks.
    People at my gym have taken to blacking out the Nike logo on their workout gear since this announcement- the logo is now a badge of supported cruelty. I hope this trend sweeps the nation.

    July 3, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Strong23

      Who made you the judge and jury? This is the problem with self righteous people.... They believe only they should be given the opportuntiy to recover from their own garbage. You're not perfect. How about we take away your right to earn a living? Nike endorses athletes, not role models. Vick's acts against animals weren't right. They were criminal. As a result of that, he served time to pay for those acts. Now that he has paid his debt that our justice system required, he is still guilty and forever a dog fighter??? It's stupid. I wish people like you were exposed. All of your dirt... You'd have alittle more empathy for others if your dirt were out there for all to see. Self righteous.... Get a clue...

      July 8, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • VoiceOfReason

      @Strong23

      Hold up, Strong, you're RIGHT! Vick paid his debt as society's law dictated. And he IS free to do whatever. It's just that some people want to register their profound unhappiness and disapproval at NIKE by voting with their pocketbooks. And that is well within THEIR right (as well as well within the law, too).

      July 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Animal Rights Federation

    Nike officials have sold their souls – but now animal lovers worldwide can join together to votre with their pocketbooks to boycott all Nike products. Please join the Cause "Boycott Nike":
    http://www.causes.com/causes/623481-boycott-nike?m=4d513973

    July 4, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • norma fitch

      Im on my way to join now and will pass this site on to my other sites! Thank-you.

      July 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • VoiceOfReason

      Thanks for posting that link info.

      Sure, Vick has "paid his debt to society" and blah, blah, blah... Great. Good for Vick. He's back in the NFL and now Nike has re-signed him to an endorsement deal. I get it. It's his right. Just as it's MY right to make sure I NEVER buy a Nike product again (and do what I can to turn favor against them). I ain't mad at Vick for doin' his thang. I'm just doin' MINE!

      July 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fargo

    * The formation of Bad Newz Kennels and testing of the dogs began in early 2002. According to the indictment, one of the dogs did not fight well and was shot to death with a .22 caliber pistol.
    * In March 2003, after a pit bull from Bad Newz Kennels lost in a fight, it was executed by wetting it with water and electrocuting it.
    * In April 2007, approximately eight dogs that did not perform well in testing were killed by “hanging, drowning, and slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground.”

    Anyone so lacking in compassion that they could do such things is not capable of changing.

    I'll never buy another NIke product.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    It's amazing how people can "so-called" do their research and find all this negative stuff about Michael Vick, but somehow miss all the good things he is doing now to turn his life around. Michael Vick, regardless of how you feel about him, has been a great asset to PETA, ASPCA, HUMANE SOICIETY, etc due to him being able to reach those who didn't even care about those orinizations at first. The man committed his crime and did his time, that's all he owed society. Everything he does positive after that is a plus.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      MICHAEL VICK is only doing the GOOD deeds because he was court ordered to!!!!! He grew up being cruel to animals thinking that it was ok. He did not change his mind over night. He is only protecting himself and could care less about animals. THIS ANGER DOES NOT COME FROM HATE FOR MICHAEL VICK, IT COMES FROM LOVE FOR HIS VICTIMS! I WILL NEVER BUY NIKE. GO UNDER ARMOUR FOR ENDORSING AN HONORABLE ATHELETE!

      July 5, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      Anything this man has done for ASPCA, PETA, HSUS, etc., was nothing put a sad ploy for PR...not positive reconstruction of his destroyed soul. The man deliberately drained the life of animals because they didn't live up to his standards. What if someone did that to you?

      July 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Booth Bender

    This past weekend 2pair of Nike shoes and 4 tank tops went into the garbage! I'm sorry I did not have the opportunity to throw the goddam shoes at Nike's president/CEO in response to their resigning that EVIL SUBHUMAN CREATURE Michael Vick! I'm sure Michael Vick's FAILURE OF A MOTHER Brenda was elated about the deal. As a staunch supporter of her son who feels he did nothing wrong and has been vilified over nothing; she's another one the world would be better off without! I'm putting signs to boycott Nike products alongside photos of Vick's innocent victims/survivors in the window where I work. Nike and their fine upstanding role model can go to HELL and ROT!

    July 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mr. Dangler

    Congratulaitons NIKE. Your logo is now synonomous with the Swastika.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ramblin' Reagan

    Disgusting, FRIGGIN DISGUSTING!! Killed the dogs by various methods, including hanging, drowning,slamming and torturing for FIVE YEARS. Not once not for a month but for FIVE F-N YEARS.

    He was indicted by a federal grand jury on felony charges of dog fighting. 52 dogs were seized from his property. The following is an excerpt from the court papers:

    "The abuses described in the 19-page indictment are almost beyond belief:

    In or about March of 2003, PEACE [one of Vick’s co-defendants], after consulting with VICK about the losing female pit bull's condition, executed the losing dog by wetting the dog down with water and electrocuting the animal.

    In or about April 2007, VICK executed approximately 8 dogs that did not perform well in "testing" sessions...by various methods, including hanging, drowning, torturing and slamming at least one dog's body to the ground."

    "In April 2007, Vick was implicated in an illegal interstate dog fighting ring that had operated over five years."

    FIVE YEARS!!

    executed dogs by hanging, drowning, and slamming them is not only illegal, but also cruel and reprehensible

    I have nothing but disgust for someone who do things like that. Some braindead person on Nike got a screw loose.

    July 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ramblin' Reagan

    "...despite Vick's claims that he accepted responsibility for his actions, his failure to cooperate fully with federal officials, coupled with a FAILED DRUG TESTS and a failed polygraph, showed that Vick HAD NOT accepted full responsibility for "promoting, funding and facilitating this cruel and inhumane sporting activity".
    Vick doesn't regret a d-n thing and for NIKE it seems like It's okay with Failed drug tests and it's also okay with promoting INHUMANE Sporting activities.

    don't buy Nike. JUST DON't DO IT!

    July 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Paula Chambers

    NIKE...you lost me as a believer that companies like yours would do what is RIGHT an dHONORABLE versus what is best for your bottom dollar. You lost my dollars as a consumer, my respect in your products and programs, and worst, you lost an opportunity to show young atheletes that HONOR matters. Suporting Vick slaps at the face of the very what we honor about sports, about Americana and the value of honoring our laws and justice. It's a sad day indeed! NIKE's new slogan.... "Just DIDN'T CARE to DO IT"

    July 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cheap Tennis Rackets

    I agree with you,but please
    Cheap Tennis Rackets.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kathleen Evans

    Stevie boy – you say all should be forgiven for this nappy-headed dog-abusing, selfish, uncaring N because of what he is doing with PETA, et al. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??????????? This nappy-headed dog killing N is ONLY interested in how much money he can put in his pockets and how many irresponsible companies (Nike) he can con. To the people who have written showing their absolute lack of compassion, get a life – it should only be YOU on this killer's rope. I rescue dogs, and have seen what damage these "celebrities" can do. Vicks will no more change his behavior than most of you idiots. I hope this killer breaks his neck and suffers forever for what he has done.

    July 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • scorcher7

      you rescue dogs and you are a racist? Ha ha ha...you worthless nasty W trash. Vick will still make his money and you and your stinking dogs still have to bow to NIKE because they will never go out of business. Knowing you i am sure you are ugly and have a flabby hanging bacon spotted chest and a filthy C with AIDS...GET LOST!

      July 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steven Billing

    I am done with Nike! What a poor choice! I just threw out my sneaker and tank with the logos on it. JUST DO WITH OUT!!! I am done as a customer unless they drop the dog killer!!

    July 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
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