Nike Drop Kicks Vick!!!

 |  Jul 27th 2007  |   6 Contributions


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Way to go Nike!!!!

Notice that Nike made a point of saying they would not penalize stores that were trying to back out on their Vick orders? I wonder how many there were of those? Maybe corporations will think twice before they sign athletes if they worry that misbehavior in their personal lives could cost those same corporations in their financial lives.

Thanks to CNBC for this article.

CNBC's Rovell: Nike Yanks Vick From Endorsement Roster

Nike suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick from its endorsement roster, CNBC's Darren Rovell reported after markets closed Friday.


"Nike has suspended Michael Vicks contract without pay, and will not sell any more Michael Vick product at Nike-owned retail at this time," the company said in a statement. "As weve said before, Nike is concerned by the serious and highly disturbing allegations made against Michael Vick, and we consider any cruelty to animals inhumane and abhorrent. However, we do believe that Michael Vick should be afforded the same due process as any citizen in the United States, therefore, we have not terminated our relationship."

Vick, who pled not guilty yesterday for his part in a dogfighting ring, has been a Nike endorser since he was picked first overall by the Falcons in the 2001 NFL Draft.

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For four years, Nike released Vick's signature shoes -- including cleated and cross-training shoes -- but following his indictment, the company announced that it was suspending the release of the planned "Vick V" shoe. The shoe was scheduled to hit stores on Aug. 23. Sources told CNBC that Nike made about 30,000 of the Vick V shoes and shelving the shoe forever would cost the company approximately $1.5 million.

Although Nike said it would keep other Vick gear at stores, some stores, including Dick's Sporting Goods, elected to take everything "Vick" off their shelves.

Despite pleading innocent to the charges, Friday was an active day for Vick's business interests. CNBC discovered that the NFL stopped selling Vick jerseys and memorabilia on its Web site NFLShop.com. League spokesman Brian McCarthy said the decision was made because it was "not appropriate" for the league to sell Vick items.

Only a few hours later, Reebok announced that its official found the "allegations against Mr. Vick too disturbing to ignore." Reebok, which makes the NFL jersey, said it would would suspend selling Vick's jerseys and would honor retailers who chose to cancel orders they had already placed.

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