Due to recent dog fighting allegations, Nike has decided to delay the release of Vick Zoom V, the latest lines of shoes bearing name of the indicted Atlanta Falcons’ star. However, Nike says existing shoes will remain in the stores and plans to continue to contract with Michael Vick since he has not been convicted of any crime. The shoes were originally slated to release during the summer.
Also, investigators may not have finished their investigation. More charges are still possible against Vick and the other defendants, according to Sports Illustrated. But, Vick may not see the inside of a courtroom until the end of the season and would likely be allowed to play this fall.
SI also speculated on the fate of Vick based on similar cases:
LeShon Johnson, a former running back for the Arizona Cardinals and other teams, was twice arrested for dogfighting and in both cases admitted involvement. After the first offense, in 2001, he simply agreed to no longer attend fights or own fighting dogs. He was arrested again three years later and in 2005 he pled to a deferred sentence of five years. Former Dallas Cowboy Nate Newton was arrested at a fight in Texas in 1991 but charges were later dropped. It is important to note that neither Johnson nor Newton faced federal charges.
And the involvement of federal officials:
Considering how the local prosecutor in Surrey County acted before the federal government took over, it seems possible Vick would never have been charged had this case stayed a local matter. And the feds only got involved because dogs were transported across state lines. Had Bad Newz Kennels merely fought local dogs in Virginia, it would not be a federal case, and it is certainly possible Vick would not be in the pickle he is in today.
This isn’t Vick’s first endorsement contact that’s been affected by the dog fighting scandal. Last month, the airline AirTran decided not to renew their deal with Vick after several unflattering incidents.