Pet Realty Network Blog Holds Nike's Michael Vick Shoes to the Fire Over Dog Fighting
Kudos to the Pet Realty Network Blog for pointing out another way we can boycott those who support accused dog fighter and Atlanta Falcon Michael Vick! Nike makes a big show of being globally and socially minded. Well, if that's the case then they can show that they don't want to represent dog fighting and drop ANY endorsers who support dog fighting.
Would You Want Michael Vick Wearing Your Shoes?
Nike prides itself on its squeaky clean image it promotes and with its slogan, Just Do It" aspires to be one of the top brands of the world. The slogan should really be Just Did Not Do It" after Nike refuses to get rid of Vick after Wayne Pacelle of The Humane Society of the United States writes to Nike asking them to terminate their relationship with Michael Vick. Why then will they not rid themselves of Vick after all the publicity surrounding his alleged dog fighting crimes and find a better person to hawk Nike products? One can only assume it is about the money but this association may come back to bite Nike.
Philip Knight, the co-founder of Nike, appointed Mark Parker to the CEO position and described him as an experienced, talented executive and has played an instrumental role in building our business and making the Nike brand as strong as it is today." I hope Mr Parker will care more for the dog fighting allegations surrounding Michael Vick than selling more Nike Zoom Vick. (Whatever they call these shoes that cost over $100 they do not make Michael Vick a better football player or a better friend to animals).
Here's part of an article from Chron.com about Nike deciding to keep Michael Vick as one of their celebrities.
Nike to keep Vick for now
Chronicle News Services
FLOWERY BRANCH, GA. Nike has no plans to dump Michael Vick from its roster of celebrity athletes, turning aside a request from the national Humane Society to cut ties with the Atlanta Falcons quarterback over alleged ties to dogfighting.
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, on Tuesday released a letter that he sent to the apparel giant.
"We trust that Nike does not want to be associated with any celebrity who is linked to this odious form of animal cruelty," Pacelle wrote.
Nike spokesman Dean Stoyer said the company planned to honor its lucrative deal with Vick, who worked with the company to design a line of athletic shoes and has been used in advertising campaigns.
"There is no change in the status of the agreement between Nike and football player Michael Vick," Stoyer said. "He is rightfully presumed innocent and afforded the same due process as any citizen, rather than be tried in the court of public opinion. Nike will continue to monitor the situation, but has nothing further to say at this time."