Thanks to Bear’s furmom, Holly, for this update from USA Today.
Rawlings ends relationship with Michael Vick
ATLANTA (AP) Rawlings Sports Goods Company said Tuesday that it was ending its relationship with Michael Vick because of the federal dogfighting conspiracy allegations against the Atlanta Falcons quarterback.
“Rawlings recognizes that Mr. Vick has not been convicted of the charges stemming from his recent indictment,” the St. Louis company said. “However, we have determined that ending our relationship with Mr. Vick at this time is necessary.”
The action by Rawlings, which used Vick’s image in point-of-sale promotions in stores, is the latest commercial setback for the NFL star.
Last week, Nike suspended a lucrative contract with Vick and Reebok stopped sales of his No. 7 jersey. Upper Deck removed all Vick autographed memorabilia from its online store and said it was removing Vick trading cards from NFL sets to be released in October.