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Victory: Nike Suspends Vick Contract

Written by PETA | July 27, 2007

PETA_Nike_demonstration_NYC.jpgFollowing PETA protests outside Niketown stores and countless calls and emails to the company asking that they cut ties with Michael Vick in light of horrific allegations of his involvement with dogfighting rings, Nike has released the following statement:

“Nike has suspended Michael Vick’s contract without pay, and will not sell any more Michael Vick product at Nike-owned retail at this time.”

As a result, we have called off our planned protests outside Nike stores around the country. Thanks to everyone who wrote to the company about this issue or attended the demonstrations, and thanks to Nike for doing the right thing by ending its association with someone accused of torture.

Reebok has also made the decision to stop sales of Michael Vick apparel, stating:

“While we respect the legal process we find the allegations against Mr. Vick too disturbing to ignore, therefore, we have decided to immediately suspend selling Vick NFL product, both at retail and online through the Reebok website.”

This is great news for anyone who is concerned about cruelty to animals, and we hope that it sends a strong message to the NFL that they need to do the same thing and suspend Michael Vick immediately, pending the outcome of this case. To send a message to the NFL asking them to get on with that, please click here.

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  • CC says:

    2014 – Nike has resigned Mike Vick. He needs to be NOT signed by anyone. Poor behavior/animal abuse does not deserve encouragement.

  • mike n says:

    to b really honest with u yes its true cruelty to animals is wrong in every sence but for peta to petition and go against nike or any companys cuz of something vick did is dum u honestly think nike knew about wat he was doing the man is already going to jail for as bad as it is u think he needs any more problems?? he will get out and maybe play for some 1 like the dolphins but 4 now hes done so leave it the crime is finished stop trying to make a mans life worse

  • zesty says:

    I agree with the statement about color in this issue i am a white male and normally dont let talk 9of racism get me riled but in this case I have to agree do you think if peyton manning got caught the same thing would have happened Dont think so!!! Also peta needs get a grip an reality I agree that dogfighting is cruel and should not be allowed but it has been around for years and years and it is never going to go away in fact the more peta Bitches about the faster the sport grows if you want to go see a dog fight in texas they are not hard to find on any given weekend So Stop bitching about poor little chickens that are mistreated in processing plants they ae food who gives a shit what happens to them as long as thy end on a plat with gravy and potatoes!!!!!! PETA is Full of crap!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bruce says:

    Thanks for going after M.Vick. He deserves a maximun jail sentence. And put in an arena with the dogs he tortured. Thanks PETA

  • David Harris says:

    My problem with this whole ordeal with Michael Vick is the fact that we are dealing with a bunch of DOGS. I am a pet owner and I love my dog but why is dog fighting such a fucking crime when you can walk into any sporting good store a by a hunting license. Now how humane is that? And I would not be surprised if the majority of you so called animal lovers had a hunting license so you can go out and kill animals. Put that shit on the front page. All of us have some stank shit we don’t want exposed and wouldn’t share with our closest friends so why ya’ll cheating ass mutha fuckas want to condemn Mike for doing what he did. It sounds like a bunch of untalented white boys and girls don’t want to see another young brother make that paper. So this should be a warning to all young black upcoming potential superstars BE CAREFUL WHITEY IS OUT TO GET YOU. Ya’ll some sorry bitches and don’t have shit else better to do but sit around and wait on some story to bitch about. I can’t stand you!

  • reggis says:

    me and my family and all of our friends support mike vick and contiue to buy his products. he’s the falcons franchise and right now they need him. mr.goddell we see nothing major was done to the patriots cheating ass coach oh we forgot he is the same color you is.

  • MC says:

    peopl should not juge a man without knowing him vick is a good man an a good football player one of the best to me so leave my boy alone

  • Anonymous says:

    ifit was paris hilton would they complain?

  • Mehgan says:

    What have we done in this society to create animalhating dogfighters? Some of the proVick comments on here make me want to vomit. I don’t care what color he is. He is a disgusting human being. Believe me if I could find every single dogfighter in this world I would want to do to them exactly what they have done to all the dogs they have bred and tortured. Thank you PETA!!!!

  • SATINKA says:

    anyone who is trying to make MV heinous killing a racial issue “THE ANIMALS OF THE WORLD EXIST FOR THEIR OWN REASONS. THEY WERE NOT MADE FOR HUMANS ANY MORE THAN BLACK PEOPLE WERE MADE FOR WHITES OR WOMEN FOR MEN”ALICE WALKER black woman novelist and author of The Color Purple AGAIN MV IS A SICK PERSON PEOPLE NORMALLY DO NOT ACT OUT LIKE THAT UNLESS THERE IS SOME DEEP PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEM WITH THEM. TYRING TO DEFEND THEM UNDER THE GUISE OF RACISM IS A PRETTY PATHETIC ARGUMENT INFACT IT ISN’T EVEN AN ARGUMENT SO MUCH AS AN IGNORANT OPINION. HOLDING MV ACCOUNTABLE FOR HIS ACTIONS IS THE RIGHT THING NOT A RACIAL THING. WE ALL SHOULD PUT THE PRESSURE ON ANY SORT OF “ANIMAL SPORT” AND YES ABSOLUTELY THAT INCLUDES HUNTING. PARTICIPATING IN THESE DESPICABLE KILLING OF ANIMALS IN THE NAME OF “TRADITION” AND “CULTURE” AND ANY OTHER EXCUSE TO SHOOT HANG KILL OR MAIM SHOULD NO LONGER BE TOLERATED PERIOD. NO EXCUSES 0 TOLERANCE. oh and I’m not white GO VEGAN!

  • Carla says:

    The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation 3223 Howell Mill Road NW Atlanta GA 30327 Dear Mr. Blank I am writing you here as I dont know where else to write you. I am writing you with regards to the deplorable behavior of Michael Vick. It is absolutely necessary for Vick I dare not use Mr. for such individual who engages in such reprehensible behavior to be held accountable for his actions. He must be dismissed from your team surely you have a clause in your contract for your players that illegal behavior is unacceptable and breach of contract. As for losing your investment in him I would say it is he that needs to reimburse you he has put you in a very awkward position if you dont dismiss him you will be loathed by many individuals. He has besmirched your team every time someone hears Atlanta Falcons it will be equated with didnt they have the guy who participated in unspeakable acts to dog? ….I cant repeat the loathsome details but it will be in the minds of many individuals. If you dont dismiss him it will be worse because it will look like you didnt care about what he did. It is not like he didnt know what he did was wrong because he lied about it when first accused no doubt to save his lucrative career. To use the name Bad Newz Kennels is just more evidence that he knew what he was doing and not only did he not care but he bragged about it. Let me ask you do you have animals? Have you ever had an animal? If you have ever had one you may understand this sentiment. Do you appreciate the role animals play in our lives and on the earth? Unfortunately not enough people do. It is my hope you are one of those who do appreciate animals. It is a privilege to have any animal especially a dog. cc Humane Society peta U.S. prosecutor NFL

  • michelle rua says:

    D Gracias a todos los que trabajan por los demas. Mucha fuerza! No hagan caso de los comentarios absurdos y sigan adelante. Muchos saludos.

  • Pitbull owner says:

    To the idiot that waves the flag of America in favor of dogfighting check your facts before you blab at the mouth. Pitbull fighting did not start in America. It has been around for centuries. Except in the begining it was done with a flavor of class and honor. Most dogs that fought didn’t die even if they lost once it seemed a dog had be defeated or it had no chance of winning the owners would seperate the dogs bofore one was killed. A dog wouldn’t even be allowed to fight unless the opposing dog’s owner was abe to handle it. In fact owners would hold eachothers dogs and were the ones to release them at the begining of the fight. somewhere along the line sick idiots like yourselves decided that the dogs where only good fighters if they were absolutely crazy mindless killers and were trainded as such. I DARE you dog fight lovers to get in the ring with one of your products. And besides Vick sucks he always has one of the lowest passer ratings in the league crappy touchdown numbers and high inteceptions. If the man couldn’t run he would be totally useless and NOBODY would care if he didn’t play football again not even the NAACP.

  • Karen says:

    Any person who supports this “Vick” moron is just as big of a moron. Once you get your fat butts off the couch and stop being “starstruck” you may actually start producing brain cells.

  • too many haters says:

    Everyone deserves a second chance. Some people just want to crucify this guy. You are not God. The bible says that as long as he repents of his sin’s. Who do some people think that they are. If Jesus can say father forgive them for they know not what they do when he was getting crucified on the Cross then who are we. We are not God. He deserves a second chance afterall he has apologized. Some people are just taking this to the extremethere is not 1 that is perfect but God. I have found out that These people will never forgive him but I can guarantee you that most of them will be in church singing come Sunday morning. I do not profess to be a religious man but I would guess that most if not all religions have forgiveness and love at their core. What Mike Vick did was illegal and immoral and he will pay for that crime in accordance with our legal system and if you believe he will answer to a higher authority. I have no problem with that what I do have a problem with is how people most of them white insist on piling on and dragging this thing out and punishing him more than the courts and the NFL. It’s the mob mentality of dragging someone out of jail in the middle of the night because you are not happy with the punishment.

  • Vincennes says:

    I hope the NFL takes a strong stand against animal cruelty of all kinds. What Vick did is unacceptable…he needs to be tested to see if he is a sociopath. Maybe we should put him on a raft drop him in the middle of the sea let him suffer try to meet his needs and of course survive the sharks and other predators. Punishment should fit the crime…if it is harsh and severe it might cure some of these sick individuals that think cruelty is entertainment.

  • Jasmine says:

    I dont think wat yall doing is right…people everday make mistakes..in if a black man with a lil money..make a mistake..yall take it to da extreme..!!Everbody n ever color..has regret on doing things..!!I dont agree with Dog fighting but it was just a big mistake..that i think he has payed for..so deeply..!! Taking football from him..can lead to him not having anything but bad..most black men already cant find jobs..n yea its hards both ways..But thats sumthing u cant example to many..!!Praying for you Vick in hope everthing will be ok… Jasmine psI FOREVER YOU 100

  • Patricia Gray says:

    he who’s without sin cast the first stone? everyone has done some dirt or wrong. Some of us get away while others are exposed! so micheal was exposed. FORGIVE HIM because you never know what you or your children will have to face in this life.

  • Jennifer says:

    Clearly there are two sides of the fence those that think animal rights are crutial and those that think animal rights are pointless that humans come first. Personally I think every living creature came from the makings of God and that respect for LIFE is cruitial. People express themselves in different ways cuss words attacks admiration urgency… THANK YOU PETA for purging forward and for ignoring the distant sounding laughter and critism in your dust. THANK YOU for always setting an example and being there and for not taking a back seat when an action can be completed. THANK YOU for supplying links to where I can make a difference. I’m not going to express how I’m glad he’s going down and how much I am disgusted by his alleged actions I’d rather say THANK YOU PETA. p.s. to everyone slandering others let’s not take away from the victory for LIFE that was demonstrated. It takes all kinds of people to make this world… LET US GO FORWARD AND MAKE ANOTHER VICTORY! THANK YOU PETA FOR LEADING THE WAY. YOU ARE AWESOME.

  • Morgan says:

    I am very pleased to hear that nike had enough pride in there work to decline micheal vike. sick bastard

  • Marie says:

    I read here someone was upset because these living things were not human? well they may not have the brain of a human but believe me these animals feel emotion! They love and feel love unconditionally. They deserve the same protection as us humans.

  • Nadia says:

    I was reading through these comments and I came accross the comment Posted by J.D. Power July 27 2007 0647 PM I think you are such a sick individual J.D Power. Slavery was around for years too so I guess Michael Vick would’ve been someone’s slave according to your way of thinking so he wouldn’t have a chance to treat dogs like slaves. You are a small simpleminded person that has a lot to learn…anyone that gets entertained by hurting another living creature should be electricuted!!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Aminals are not responsible for their behavior. It is asshole people who train them. I have a good ideawanna see someone fight to the end to make money? Send in 2 “morons” to fight. We live in age of “who gives a damn about the other person or anything else.I have seen it too often. I would pay to see the dogfighter get his or any other idiot who thinks this is cool. Maybe someday you’ll find yourself on the wrong end and get what you deserve. People are watching.

  • Kara D. says:

    It’s great that Nike suspended the contract. Hopefully they’ll suspend his pay too for now eventually. To all the Michael Vick fan out there how can you believe he is innocent? The dogs were found on HIS property. It’s pretty clear he’s guilty. He is a terrible person and deserves to go to jail for as long as his filthy self lives. He is a sick sick person. And to all you people who say ‘PETA sucks’ etc. You are a waste of a human being.

  • Lauren says:

    You are awful!!!! These are beautiful dogs and dont deserve to be made to fight for money or personal pleasure its sick and disgusting!!!!! ESP what happens afterwards! If anyone thinks its good needs to have it happen to them!!!!!!

  • Covington says:

    Man’s inhumanity to man is surpassed only by his cruelty to animals. Mercy to animals means mercy to mankind. There is no thinking compassionate person who could ever tolerate the cruelty in dog fighting if they could see if for themselves. The injustice of the innocent and voiceless…

  • DOG LOVER says:

    PETA!!! Congratulations!!!! YES!!! WE ARE DELIGHTED AND HAPPY TO SEE SOME JUSTICE!!! THANKS!!!

  • rigbit says:

    Alevtina I guess it was the only thing he could think of to attack with… I on the other hand loved your post!

  • Alevtina says:

    rigbit I think devin was reffering to my comment. I am very surprised and confused by his comment. Why is it hard to believe I am married to African American? I think he will probably won’t get it if I tell him that I am Russian and I met my Afr.Amer. husband in MoscowRussia and he speaks fluent RussianEnglish and French. What kind of ignorance does he mean? I’m clueless!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    First off Jewish People did not get taken from there home. Then fourced to work for FREE Rape Killed and I could Go on. So lets not talk about who got it worse. Secondly as I said before the man is in the lime light so of course Peta Is going to give it to him ten fold. Third to Maya and all the people who say a dogs life is as equal to human that is crap. I recently just seen a pit bull jump the fence of a rich persons home and attack a little girl for no reason. what did that little girl do to deserve that. Please don’t give me that crap that it was the owner’s fault cause this was a person just like you had peta stickers and all that. And do you know what his response was “there friendly dogs”. Yea right If I had a knife I would have slit that dogs throat that little girl did not deserve that. NO dogs life is equal to a young child or humans.

  • PETA Lover and Supporter to the Max says:

    Vick is the worst of his kind but by reading many of these posts it is clear there are many of the same out there. Very scary. First off stop the race ranting because it is getting really old. Everyone who was alive during the slave days is now dead or dying. Everyone else does not care and wishes it never happened either believe me. You should be lucky that it even happened to your relatives otherwise you would be starving in Africa like some posts have said. Have you thought about that? You live in the best country in the world and if you don’t like it then move to another or back to Africa. Just stop complaining about the past. The Jewish people had it a lot worse but you don’t hear them ranting on and on and on and you wonder why people don’t respect you. You’re blessed brothersister enjoy your life. Better yet get out there for a great cause and fight for it just like PETA is doing. Fight for Green World Gas Prices War Senior Abuse anything. Just Do It.

  • Karla says:

    THANK YOU PETA FOR ALL YOU DO FOR ANIMALS. I completely stand by all the protests for Animal Rights. I also have read with an open heart some of the other post regarding protesting for the war hunger or the like. I cannot explain why there is such a strong bond with people and their animals but there is. I think that if people are really sick of something then they do something about it so I guess there are not enough of us sick of the war or gas prices yet. If you are then PROTEST for Christ’s Sake. Don’t condemn a group that is actually doing something about something. I’ll tell you what I love my dogs better than I like most people white black or yellow. People are rude to one another not all but most are. That’s all I have to say about that.

  • rigbit says:

    Oh and Devin just wondering what the race issue you have is? You don’t even know me and commented to the wrong person anyways but the one thing you were sure to bring up was whether or not I was truly married to an African American? WTF?

  • rigbit says:

    devin I just looked back at my 2 entries and don’t see anywhere where I mentioned hanging Vick… but if you look at the entry under mine by another person there it is. Get straight who you’re accusing before you do it. I believe then you need to think about who is the ignorant one here. Maybe you should go be a witness for Vick you’re great getting your facts straight.

  • Cathy says:

    Does Vick need the revenue from NIKE? I think not. Is he due a fair legal process? Yes and he will get it. I read recently about a case of a man who locked his dog in a boiling hot car for several hours. He showed up and was handcuffed to his car door while the police rushed his dog to the vet. Onlookers expressed their distaste with his actions to him in no uncertain terms. He hadn’t been convicted yet either and although he was essentially caught red handed he could have had some lame reason for his abusive actions. The public isn’t stupid they could have waited and attended his trial to express their views but they knew injustice when they saw it and they chose to act immediately.

  • Babatunde says:

    I am African American originally from Haiti. I love animals own a pit bull mix and I must say I am ashamed of Michael Vick’s acts. I hope he will pay for the abuse. He is a disgrace to all African Americans.

  • Kimberly Andrzejewski says:

    PLEASE DO NOT BUY NIKE OR ANYTHING THAT WOULD ENDANGER ANY ANIMALS. ANYTHING THAT WOULD CAUSE ANY ANIMAL HARM ESPECIALLY A HUMAN BEING FOR PROFIT AND SPORT I THINK SHOULD GET THE SAME DONE TO THEM. OH YAH!! KARMA WHAT A “BITHCH” NO PUN INTENDED.