Today Nike has announced that the company is suspending Michael Vick’s contract without pay and not sell any more products bearing his name at this time. They have not ended their relationship with Vick as of yet. Nike has left the possibility of resuming its business relationship with Vick if he’s acquitted on dog fighting charges.
Reebok also suspended sales of Vick’s jerseys, even though the company doesn’t have an individual endorsement or sponsorship agreement with Vick, according to a statement from the company. The unit of Adidas AG, the world’s second-biggest maker of sporting goods, is the official supplier of apparel and equipment to all 32 NFL teams.
Statements from both companies cited “disturbing” allegations against Vick as a reason for the freeze.
“Nike is concerned by the serious and highly disturbing allegations made against Michael Vick and we consider any cruelty to animals inhumane and abhorrent,” the company said. “However, we do believe that Michael Vick should be afforded the same due process as any citizen in the United States, therefore, we have not terminated our relationship.”
Reebok said in a statement that “while we respect the legal process, we find the allegations against Mr. Vick too disturbing to ignore. Therefore, we have decided to immediately suspend selling Vick NFL product, both at retail and online.”
No Vick products were listed on the companies’ Web sites this afternoon. Reebok said it is also honoring retail cancellations of Vick merchandise.