Nike Holds Back New Vick Shoes, QB May Face More Dog Fighting Charges

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.

Source: SI and AP

17 Responses to “Nike Holds Back New Vick Shoes, QB May Face More Dog Fighting Charges”

  1. Katie says:

    Nike will never get a penny from me. I guess it proves greed is more important than morals and ethics. Cruelty in this country just keeps getting worse for both animals and humans. Not sure why we have laws anymore, they barely get enforced. And, as usual money speaks.

    Katie

  2. Stefani says:

    Wow. This article really underscores the fact that dog fighting is a popular activity among pro “football” players.

    I think I am not going to watch this sport any more.

    What is wrong with these men? Testosterone overload?

  3. Moonbeam says:

    So disgusting. Nike should can that shoe forever. Ugh. I’m gonna puke!

  4. kristy says:

    nike will never get another penn from my family and me.

  5. kristy says:

    nike will never get another penny from my family and me.

  6. Moonbeam says:

    I hope they Jail Vick for what he did to those poor dogs. All those dogs wanted and needed was a good home and to be treated right and Vick ruined that for them forever and ever and ever and nothing will or can make it up to those poor poor dogs and their miserable beaten and exhausted bodies and sad sad souls.

    I hope someone big and strong will show Vick what it feels like to be beaten up and trashed about like the worthless piece of junk that man is.

  7. Moonbeam says:

    I hope they Jail Vick for what he did to those poor dogs. All those dogs wanted and needed was a good home and to be treated right and Vick ruined that for them forever and ever and ever and nothing will or can make it up to those poor poor dogs and their miserable beaten and exhausted bodies and sad sad souls.

    I hope someone big and strong will show Vick what it feels like to be beaten up and trashed about like the worthless piece of junk that man has become - may he learn the errors of his ways.

  8. Sue says:

    Just a story from my Youth.
    When I was in college many years ago, an aquaintance invited me to her house (semi-rural, but definately not out in the boonies). After eating, she took me out back to see “Daddy’s chickens”. They were absolutely beautiful–all 30 of them– with multicolored, glossy and elaborate plumage. Each one was in a separate well-constructed cage, each cage was mounted on four 4X4 wooden posts (to prevent predators), and each cage was separated from the others by several feet. When asked, my aquaintance explained that raising fancy roosters was daddy’s hobby, and they had to be kept in separate cages or they would kill each other. Then she pointed out the padlocked building that she called the chicken hospital, where injured birds were cared for–padlocked to keep people from stealing the vet drugs and equipment inside. I suppose I knew what I was seeing at the time, but really understood better later in life. What struck me about it was how proud the family was, and how permanent, established and not hidden it all was. Daddy’s job was interesting, too, but it wasn’t football.

  9. FiverCat says:

    Come on everyone. Go to www.nike.com and tell them what they can do with their shoes if that scum bag Michael Vick endorses any of their products. Money talks. It’s too bad nothing else does.

  10. Lynn says:

    Hey, FiverCat: Just WHERE on the Nike website do we give them a piece of our minds?

    Just to put things in perspective, Nike in all likelihood would leave itself wide open for being sued if it terminated Vick’s contract before he has been convicted. If they are indeed delaying the scheduled release of the Vick Zoom V, pending Vick’s innocence, then more power to Nike. [Realistically, they’d have to be pretty stupid to launch the shoes now - too much negative publicity.] Business as usual, I guess.

    Nonetheless, if we could get a REAL address to send protests then at least we ought to make a dent in any contract renewal with Nike.

  11. Sky Eyes Woman says:

    I am left wondering why we idolize these people at all. Yes, they are famous and rich, and yes, they are good at playing football, baseball or basketball or whatever.

    So what? They prove themselves time and again to be just as stupid and heartless as the common street thug you can find in any city right now, out there selling drugs to kids and committing all sorts of horrible crimes. They are no better than that and they deserve the same treatment under the law, but they won’t get it because they’re FAMOUS! HEROES!

    Lots of hardworking regular folks such as myself would dearly LOVE to be paid as much as these sports players are for playing a game instead of doing real work. We would not throw it all away with criminal behavior and getting ourselves in deep legal troubles. We would appreciate the security of the NFL player’s wealth and the adoration of our fans. We would not use or sell drugs, rape women or torture and kill animals for fun and profit.

    Too bad people like Michael Vick and others can’t grasp the concept of humility, gratitude, love and respect. They only crave self-gratification and who cares about the cost to others, if it feels good do it!

    I know I should pity those that can’t be good people and can’t learn what it means to be human, but it’s so hard when I see them inflicting unimaginable suffering to other living things without a care.

    Michael Vick, you might get away with all that you’ve done and you might have a good laugh about beating the charges made against you and you might feel like you’re so smart and slick, but there is one you will never fool. There is one you will not be able to lie about your sins to.

    You know of whom I speak, He that will make you pay for your crimes no matter what you do. I’d like to hope you’ll spend the rest of your life begging for forgiveness from Him, but I know better.

  12. Rose says:

    to tell Nike how you feel use the customer service feature on the website.

  13. KarlaSanDiego says:

    NIKE: Wow. Shame on you

  14. FiverCat says:

    Email Nike at https://nike-store.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/nike_store.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php Copy and past the link as is. Do not use www. Nike may or may not do anything about the Scum Vick Shoes. Perhaps they are concerned about a lawsuit, but don’t let that stop you from telling them what you think of their association with Dirt Bag Vick. Maybe next time they will be a little more careful before they fork out a zillion dollars to some ignorant, uneducated, good for nothing piece of dirt.

  15. Jenny Bark says:

    Sky Eyes Woman & FiverCat well said. From what I understand Nike makes their shoes in China so it wouldn’t cost them that much money to burn them.

  16. richard h miller says:

    Nike, I hope you enjoy your friendship and alliegence with Mr Vick. I have purchased my last Nike shoe and shall discard all those I have.

  17. louisa says:

    Nike, Incorporated
    One Bowerman Drive Beaverton OR 97005-6453
    Phone: (503) 671-6453
    Fax: (503) 671-6300
    Website: www.nike.com


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