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 W

    So what, he killed a bunch of dogs. It doesn't change the fact he has apologized and tried to move on. We can forgive murderers and rapists, why not a dog killer. Let it go PETA. Animals aren't humans.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Dan,
      Last I checked convicted rapists and murderers have a hard time getting jobs that don't involve mopping floors or flipping burgers. This guy has had everything handed to him solely because of his athletic ability. It's sickening.

      July 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Something is seriously wrong with you!

      July 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      No, they are not human but they are created by the same God who created you. They are defenseless, therefore, we must stand up for them. Vick isn't sorry he ran a dog-fighting business, he's sorry he got caught. He is such a coward he would not take questions from the current dog owners who rescued his dogs, at least the ones that could be rescued. The rest were so damaged and tortured, they had to be put down HUMANELY!! We do forgive rapist, child molesters, etc. but they will always carry the label and deal with consequences.

      July 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam W.

      This is a reply to Kyle's response. Kyle, you're comparing apples and oranges here. Murders and rapists fall into a completely different category. If you were to look at them, most of these murderers and rapists were flipping burgers before they got charged! Love seeing Vick with this endorsement because he was one of the most exciting athletes in the NFL to watch last season!

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

      Lisa, Rachel... Have either of you seen his interviews or read any articles on Michael since he has made his comeback? For people who are so God-fearing and religious, you sure do not believe in redemption and forgiveness. Michael has truly shown himself to be worthy of a second chance. It seems many who comment on this issue base their opinions on their love of their family dog Fifi and whatever PETA says. I love Nike stuff and I think Michael is a phenomenal athlete and a worthy role model. and I will continue to support Michael so long as he continues on his more mature and respectful path. Now if only the lockout would end and the owners would see the light so that I can see more Michael and wear more Nike.

      July 1, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Todd

    So they exploit foreigners to produce their products, now they utilize a dirtbag felon who happens to be a good athlete to sell their wears to the ghetto youth of our dying nation..

    hot, son.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ecstasy

      Everyone deserves a second chance.

      July 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • fly ba

      and nike wont hurt losing the people that's so called not going to buy anymore. You probably are buying something that's nike right now. It's no one job to judge except for one so guess what hop off

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

      Actually not everyone deserves a second chance. If somebody murders me I want him executed. Hope there are no "Everyone deserves a second chance" crowd on the jury for my killer.

      July 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • A smart person

      The fact that you guys are comparing murdering a dog to murdering a person proves that you guys, are idiots

      July 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Badger

    Of course Nike signed Vick...who is their market for $200 "athletic shoes"? People who live or wish to portray the Gansta Thug jailhouse culture life style. Ghetto Cotier.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lisa

    I only bought Nike Celso flip flops for my husband. No more. No more Nike golf apparel, no sneakers, no flip flops, no sweats..........NO NIKE anything!!!!

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

    Have not bought a pair of Nikon shoes since they said they would stand behind this criminal.

    Why it probably won't matter to Nikon and most people have forgotten – I haven't. Ill shop elsewhere for my shoes and apparel. Gotta speak with your wallets.

    Peace.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seamus Callan

      Do "Nikon" shoes take pictures while you wear them?

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

      Nikon shoes, really?

      July 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kenneth

    Praying for Vick & all those who refuse to forgive him in attempts to hold him to his past. Everyone has one. But God loving arms can reach anyone, even those we feel are undeserving.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • kls817

      He's gotten plenty of forgiveness; he's out of prison, isn't he? But he shouldn't be portrayed as a respectable spokesman of a company.

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

      He wouldn't face the current dog owners who rescued his dogs. He's a coward who preyed on the defenseless. He's not a role model in any way. Had he been a bus driver, the story would be totally different story. Stop with your "everone deserves a second chance", just like an alcoholic who doesn't drink will always be an alcoholic, Vic will always be a murderer of innocent animals.

      July 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ladi williams

    For those of u who think nike shouldn't vick a 2nd chance, just put it in back of ur mind that, one day u might need a 2nd chance too. Wen that day comes, I'll see what u going to do. Peace.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      If I ever mess up, it won't involve enjoying torturing defenseless animals!

      July 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'one day u might need a 2nd chance too.'
      i dont plan on committing any crimes? how about you?

      July 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      I may need a second chance at my job, relationship...normal matters. I don't believe I'll ever need a second chance commiting a horrendous crime. An alcoholic who has stopped drinking is still an alcoholic – Vic is still a dog killer, he just isn't killing/fighting them right now.

      July 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kp

    Only in the US A can such a vile person sign a huge advertising deal with a company like Nike. What a shame. I will not buy Nike anymore. Anone who can harm innocent animals (who have no voice and no way to defend themselves) is truly sick in the head and not capable of rehabilitation He is a spokesman against dogfighting ONLY for appearances and to get his career back on track (I guess Nike was stupid enough to buy it!) . Vick cannot honestly say he feels sorry for the dogs abused in dogfighting....if he did, he never would have electrocuted and drowned innocent dogs. One word: YUCK.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Don't forget he hung them, too. Way to go Nike.

      July 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. stjohnvardoger

    i don't forgive murderers or rapists, either.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mac

    I do not think that killing and/or harming animals is a mistake! it takes a really sick person to be involved in dog fighting in the first place and 20 months in prison just wont fix this serious human deficiency. sorry, but no more Nike for me.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cedar Rapids

    'it just makes me wonder what would be the result of your sins being broadcasts live for millions of viewers to critique...'

    Sins? you mean 'crimes.'

    July 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jomm

      Crimes, Sins, etc it all is the same when it comes to JUDGEMENTAL folks. NO ONE Is perfect.

      July 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monica

      I might have sinned at times, but I did not torture defenseless animals, either. It is bad enough that he did the dogfighting thing, but if you have read anything about it, it went way beyond that, to intentional and horrific cruelty. That means I will never buy a Nike product, either.

      July 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      have u ever heard of forgiving or is that a foreign word to you?

      July 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      You MIGHT have sinned SOMETIMES? Get real, everyone sins; nobody is perfect.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      You're correct no one is perfect, however; his CRIMES should not be so easily forgotten nor easily forgiven by polite society. It is the responsibilty of people with morals to continue to take a stand against persons who commit crimes againt living things. How can you possibly support such a person or the products that they endorse when you know they have commited such horrendous crimes. Would you leave your animal or small children with him? I wouldn't trust him as far as I could pick him up and throw him. I won't even watch his football team play. Vick and people like him are evil and make me ill. If he had any morals at all the money he makes from this should all go ASPCA.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Siara Delyn

      No one is perfect but most of us aren't into animal torture

      July 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • throttlechop

      You are right. No one is perfect. However MOST of us don't torture and kill. Those that DO should not be hailed as role models.

      July 3, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troy Herkert

      What a load of malarky. He's cruel, no money to Humane Society, someone pleaseeeee crucify him. I guess paybacks have started, heard he got a concussion, broken hand.....now all he needs is some electric shock, tiny bit of hanging and a room full of rabid dogs to comfort him! Never touching Nike product, Subway, etc. A person who is cruel to animals is just cruel, served time cannot correct that~

      September 25, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zebula

      I think they meant sins....

      July 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • chrisdurant2000

      When I electrocute dogs, shoot dogs, bludgeon dogs with a shovel, drown dogs, and beat them to death, I am sure my sins will be aired out to the world.

      Unfortunately too few people know that is what Vick did. They think it was "only" dog fighting as if that is not horrific enough. Read this, it will give you a little insight into the true crimes and actions of Vick...

      http://chrisdurant2000.wordpress.com/2011/01/02/michael-vick-was-wrongly-convicted/

      July 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      The Humane Society of the United States and CEO Wayne Pacelle will have a hard time saying they are against dogfighting and animal abuse when they have made it possible for the most high profile dogfighter and animal brutalizer in the entire world to be glorified.

      There is terrible shame in this, shame so deep it revolts and disgusts every decent, moral person involved in the dog world. They will have to remain silent while those who don't already have their number see the undisputable truth.

      HSUS has betrayed everyone who donates to them believing they are doing so to protect and defend animals. There is no excuse and no defense for this. They have insulted the public's intelligence and the dignity of animals.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lanfear

      A shame to this? A shame to what, forgiveness?

      You are out to lunch.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary ann

      Hello??????????? A shame to all the dogs we know about and the ones we don't who were drowned, tortured, fought, electrocuted and hung. That's the betrayl. If that isn't enough for you or don't quite get it then you are part of the problem.

      July 2, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert Palestini

      Sir, you are speaking God's words on Earth.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • karen

      You are so, so right about HSUS and Vick too.

      July 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray in Vegas

      Wow! I followed that link. ... Very, very powerful. I agree with you 100%. He did not serve nearly enough time. His crimes were horrific. He didn't even come close to serving what the law requires. This is all about money. Everyone should follow that link and read the whole thing. Look at that picture of the mangled pit bull at the bottom of the page, know that he was responsible for not only doing this but much much worse to many dogs, not just one ... and ask yourself if he deserves all the pats on the back he's getting, including this ridiculous major endorsement from Nike. I will never purchase another pair of Nike shoes in my life, and will discourage anyone else from doing so as well.

      July 2, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray in Vegas

      I posted this as a reply to Chris Durant's post .. but apparently if you take more than a couple of minutes to formulate a response it get's posted as a separate comment and not a reply. How lame. Now I know why my responses don' t always show up where they're supposed to. The following is my reply:

      Wow! I followed that link. ... Very, very powerful. I agree with you 100%. He did not serve nearly enough time. His crimes were horrific. He didn't even come close to serving what the law requires. This is all about money. Everyone should follow that link and read the whole thing. Look at that picture of the mangled pit bull at the bottom of the page, know that he was responsible for not only doing this but much much worse to many dogs, not just one ... and ask yourself if he deserves all the pats on the back he's getting, including this ridiculous major endorsement from Nike. I will never purchase another pair of Nike shoes in my life, and will discourage anyone else from doing so as well.

      July 3, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Ray in Vegas

      Ok ... sometimes these comments don't get posted where intended. How difficult can it be to have a comment section that works?

      July 3, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Erol

      http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_132989970112160&notif_t=group_activity

      July 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Strong23

      Sin is sin. God doesn't see your lying any differently than Vick's dog fighting. It all stinks in God's nostrils. So whatever excuse your willing to make for your hangups.... Go right ahead and make them for Vick.

      July 8, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Roc

      Sin is a crime is a sin. Oh no!

      July 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kls817

    Now I don't like Nike.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hypocrite Nation

    Nobody cares if some of you stop buying Nike. In fact nobody cares if you sat in a corner cried for a year. Wish some of you would get OUTRAGED about some real problems in this world.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • kls817

      You seem to be outraged about people who disagree with you. And you DO seem to care, otherwise you wouldn't be so angry.

      July 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • JQ

      Thank you!

      July 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. roger g

    To all the people that will criticize Nike and Michael Vick, Get over it. That especially goes for PETA. The man has paid his debt. Let's move on and deal with important issues such as unemployment.

    July 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MikeN

    Boycotting NIke. Going with UA or Reebok.

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