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Reebok and Nike Lay Down the Law on Vick


Michael Vick’s products took two huge blows on Friday, as both Nike and Reebok both took steps to no longer do business with the already tarnished quarterback. First Nike suspended its contract with Vick, just about one week after the company announced they would not be releasing his latest line of shoes. Then later on Friday, Vick’s #7 jersey was pulled from the shelves by the company that made them – Reebok.

“Nike is concerned by the serious and highly disturbing allegations made against Michael Vick, and we consider any cruelty to animals inhumane and abhorrent,” Nike spokesman Dean Stoyer said in a statement. Nike was well aware of the protests that surrounded the charges of dog fighting that face Vick. In the end, having Vick as a client is simply not worth it. In the meantime, they didn’t totally scrap the relationship just in case he does end up innocent in the case. “We do believe that Michael Vick should be afforded the same due process as any citizen in the United States,” the Nike statement said. “Therefore, we have not terminated our relationship.”

Reebok, which is the official uniform supplier of the National Football League, stated on Friday they would stop selling Vick’s jersey in stores, and also pulled them from the chance of being ordered on their website. “We just find the allegations very upsetting and very disturbing,” Reebok spokeswoman Denise Kaigler said. “While this is just the beginning of the legal process and we know that it has to have time to run its course, we felt that making this decision now was important and the right things to do.” And as if Nike and Reebok isn’t enough, Donruss, one of the biggest trading card companies, has decided to pull Vick’s card from any future 2007 releases.

Right now Vick has nowhere to run and nowhere to hide from the many that want him to face the punishment that comes along with the allegations of what he did. He will have his day in court, but until then, Vick is going to find it somewhat hard to escape the wrath that all the companies that he does business with already passing judgment on him.

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One Response to “Reebok and Nike Lay Down the Law on Vick”

  1. Ada says:

    I have a Pit Bull named Tex who is the love of my life. He sleeps in bed with me, is happy and goofy, and has proven to possess an unshakable loyalty to me.

    Yes, he is a Pit. No, he is not a monster. He is a wonderful, affectionate animal who is clearly capable of love and devotion in the highest degree.

    When I think of those poor dogs who suffered so cruelly at the hands of that monster I feel sick inside. Not only did Vick so shockingly abuse those innocent animals in the most vile and sick ways, he has done just as wrong in perpetuating the inherently WRONG and badly-won reputation of Pit Bulls as violent killing machines. Anyone who disagrees is invited to meet my dog. After he quits licking you, maybe you’ll agree.

    Michael Vick’s actions are so vile and horrific that I can’t even stand to think of them. Torturing those animals who could not save themselves for his own sick entertainment is unforgivable.

    As for Emmitt Smith as well as those people who say we shouldn’t be as shocked by the indictment since “they’re only dogs,” I remain stunned by such callous and disgusting attitudes from you. If you cannot see the evil in these acts, and can look at images of those poor dogs after such viciousness without being sickened and angered, then you deserve a hero like Michael. You also have no soul.

    Rot in hell, Vick.

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