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Nike Denies Vick Deal

UPDATED (2:22 p.m.)...

Nike indicated Thursday that it has no contractual arrangement with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.

The shoe and apparel company issued a written statement through a spokesman that said: "Nike does not have a contractual relationship with Michael Vick. We have agreed to supply product to Michael Vick as we do a number of athletes who are not under contract with Nike."

The statement was released by Nike a day after media reports quoted Vick representatives as saying that Vick had struck an endorsement deal with the company. Those representatives had refused to reveal financial terms.

Nike reportedly had terminated its endorsement contract with Vick in August 2007.

Vick missed the previous two NFL seasons while serving a federal sentence for his role in a dogfighting operation in Virginia.

He's back in the league after signing with the Eagles during the preseason.

Vick played in his first regular season game for the Eagles last Sunday and has made a series of public appearances, including one this week in Washington, in connection with an anti-dogfighting campaign by the Humane Society.

By Mark Maske  |  October 1, 2009; 10:18 AM ET  | Category:  Eagles Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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NIKE changed their mind in mid stream, especially when their website crashed due to people writing in. They fell back to the position that they are only supplying equipment to Vick. Vick is a violent and sadistic man and will be shunned by corporations for the rest of his career because folks like me won't forget.

Don't forget to send a "thanks" to Dick's Sporting Goods for refusing to carry Vick products.

Posted by: westcan | October 4, 2009 7:51 AM


He's a sociopath. It's just a matter of time before he does something else too vile and contemptible for most humans to grasp. Then these "fans" will look like the bloodthirsty ghouls they are.

Posted by: Rubiconski | October 2, 2009 7:09 PM

I hope you're joking, chowpitnrot. You do know that the onion.com is a satirical (that means it makes things up to be funny) site, don't you?????

Posted by: CrackerBoy1 | October 2, 2009 2:15 PM

Well all of you who think Vick is the greatest and has paid his debt should go to the onion.com and read about his pep talk to the Eagle team. Sure sounded like he was proud of his little operation and I would bet everything he still has a little side action going on. Thank you Nike this scumbag doesn't deserve anything.

Posted by: chowpitnrot | October 2, 2009 10:14 AM

"We have agreed to supply product to Michael Vick as we do a number of athletes who are not under contract with Nike."

Really?
What exactly is the number, Nike?
And what makes an athlete product worthy?

Surely there's a high school somewhere with plenty of athletes that have never been involved in illegal dog fighting.
Or a college with athletes that haven't plead guilty to federal felony charges.
In fact - there's probably a whole slew of athletes playing in recreational leagues all across the Country that have never irresponsibly filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

It's just confusing with all these athletes...how any one of them could be outdone by Michael Vick.

Posted by: KMac3000 | October 2, 2009 12:15 AM

Is NIKE going to give Polanski product too?
It seems that this company thinks giving product is different than endorsement of said product. Guess what NIKE? If you want that dog killer to represent NIKE give him product. If not let that maniac buy his shoes at the retail stores like everyone else! He has a multi-million dollar contract, surely Vick can afford to buy a pair of shoes.

Posted by: -PBL- | October 2, 2009 12:03 AM

I think that everybodys mad that he got a second chance i think everybody just wants him to die and burn in hell. i dont think thats fair because if it where someone of monority we wouldn't be having this disscusion

Posted by: joyceford57 | October 1, 2009 11:05 PM

God be my Witness: if Nike hooks up with Vick, I will not buy another Nike anything. This guy tortured dogs. Don't talk to me about the player who killed a guy with his car and got away with a slap (Stallworth). Vick tortured dogs, killed dogs, hurt dogs. He should get drilled by a lot of hard hits this year. Even then, his abuse and disregard of the dogs will still be here. I don't think a leopard can change his stripes, by the way. He probably just thinks he got over. Shame on him.

Posted by: ciarrai | October 1, 2009 9:42 PM

I'd have Vick endorse my product before Ray Lewis, who was directly involved in the murder of a person, not dogs....yet, Ray Lewis makes a larger living with endorsements than his playing contract....go figure...

I guess foolish people are more concerned with dogs than they are about fellow humans...

Posted by: ptandcarol | October 1, 2009 8:03 PM

last time I checked a sports sponsorship deal works like this:
A company supplies an athlete with equipment and apparel. The athlete wears the gear, effectively advertising for the company. So nike is supplying Vick... sounds like a sponsorship to me.

Posted by: ZeroHero0 | October 1, 2009 5:34 PM

you people are dumber for having this conversation between eachother. Vick needs to be hit by a train, bus, tow-truck, recreational vehicle, anything big that would at the very least end his football career. he deserves worse but im tired of hearing about vick and favre every minute of every day. if we all pray hard enough maybe we will have the priveledge of watching a linebacker knock vick out of his nikes when he least expects it. go skins!

Posted by: STEVE4710 | October 1, 2009 4:37 PM

hey rickbob Vick is a man who made a mistake yeah it was a pretty decent sized one but now hes just trying to put his life together. give him a break

Posted by: Bjcoop007 | October 1, 2009 4:16 PM

New rules, If you are a felon in the USA you have a restriction on how much money you are allowed to make. Especially if you are a NFL black player. Why? Because us working stiffs hate it when a guy gets paid millions for doing something they love, a game, and we working stiffs have to do what we can only to make less. Its called envy. So we feel better when we see these guys get denied.

Posted by: ged0386 | October 1, 2009 3:57 PM

Thank God there's some common sense to Nike for not signing Vick. He's a felon and doesn't deserve the income from a deal such as this. Thank you Nike.
Posted by: rickrob | October 1, 2009 2:48

Rick,

You know how that translates. I dont care what Vick has done, I care more about how much money he can make after doing it. That sounds to me like its Ok for vick to dogfight so as long as he does not get a good job after doing it. People are soo envious of athletes whom they have decided are not worthy of all the money they make that they equate their own objectivity towards a person based on it. This argument lacks consistancy. Its ok to be a felon and make money if you are a boxer (Mike Tyson), or a politician, (scooter libby) but you have a problem with a football player in the same situation? I find that amusing. Who are we to tell Michael Vick how much money he is allowed to make based on his criminal record. Did you tell Mike Tyson he could not make millions?

Posted by: ged0386 | October 1, 2009 3:51 PM

Thank God there's some common sense to Nike for not signing Vick. He's a felon and doesn't deserve the income from a deal such as this. Thank you Nike.

Posted by: rickrob | October 1, 2009 2:48 PM

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