UPDATE 10/1/09 – Nike Issues Statement Denying Signing Vick!
After losing a reported $1.5 million when they dumped Michael Vick after he pleaded guilty to his connection to his dogfighting ring in 2007, it’s been reported today that Nike signed an endorsement deal with Michael Vick… again by several news sources.
“Mike has had a great relationship with Nike and is excited to be part of the Nike team again,” Vick’s agent, Joel Segal, told Sports Business Journal.
The managing director of the agency that represents Vick announced the deal Wednesday while participating on a panel at the Sports Sponsorship Symposium.
After cutting ties in 2007, Nike said that they consider “any cruelty to animals inhumane and abhorrent,” and supposed dumped about 30,000 pair of Vick V shoes and dropped the line before distribution.
“Nike is concerned by the serious and highly disturbing allegations made against Michael Vick, and we consider any cruelty to animals inhumane and abhorrent,” Nike spokesman Dean Stoyer said in a statement in 2007.
Guess they don’t see a problem with signing on a dog killer, convicted felon after he gets out of prison, is picked up by a NFL team and practically backed by the HSUS. Guess cruelty to animals isn’t quite so “inhumane and abhorrent” when compared to the bucks they figure Vick’s endorsement can bring in.
Maybe they didn’t dump the shoes, just warehoused them, waiting… and now they see a way to recoup their losses. So much for any integrity, not that we actually expected any from corporations whose only concern is the bottom line, the almighty buck!
Looks like yet another company that I know I will be boycotting. Will be contacting them then searching the house for any Nike gear and tossing it, after giving it to Jezzie and Bruti for chew toys… LOL
Nike World Headquarters
One Bowerman Drive
Beaverton, OR 97005
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PST, Monday through Friday (except Holidays)
Email them via their contact page HERE
1-800-344-6453, opt. 9
And you know what so many impressionable kids are going to see? Sure, he was into dogfighting, can’t be that bad, he making millions, back into pro football, getting endorsements. Oh yeah, helluva lesson!
Fox Sports which is carrying the story also has a poll asking what people think about the endorsement deal… as I write this it’s an overwhelming 66+% for “Why not? He’s paid his debt to society.” We need to vote and show our support for “Outraged!!” HERE
Note: have heard from a couple of people who called Nike that at this point Nike reps are denying this. Guess we shall see. Still think we need to contact them and let them know what we think.
Nike has issued a statement that they DID NOT sign an endorsement deal with Michael Vick. They are supplying him with some free products like they do with numerous other pro players.
“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 company said in a statement.
If the agent’s objective was to rehabilitate Vick’s image, the attempt backfired, says marketing consultant Ernest Lupianacci, a former creative director for Nike advertising.
“This agent put his Air Vick in his mouth,” Lupinacci says. (USA Today)
This is good news to hear confirmed but there’s still a ton of reasons to stay away from Nike…. giving him free stuff is still an endorsement of sorts in my mind. Who’s to say they’re not testing the waters forthe future either? Can’t say I trust them to be quite honest with you.