Nike: `No Deal with Michael Vick`

Nike is not signing a new endorsement deal with former spokesman Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles, spokesman KeJuan Wilkins said on Thursday.

Nike dumped Vick as an endorser and pulled his products from retail stores in 2007 after the ex-Atlanta Falcons quarterback was charged with bankrolling and running a dogfighting ring.

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One of Vick’s agents, Mike Principe, announced during the SBJ/SBD Relay Worldwide Sports Sponsorship Symposium here Wednesday that the newly-signed Eagles QB had signed a new deal with the Swoosh. But Nike’s Wilkins said that wasn’t so. Read full story here

Nike denies signing Michael Vick to sponsorship pact – ESPN


July 30, 2007

Nike Suspend Michael Vick Contract and Reebok Stop Selling Vick Shirts

Its all going horribly wrong for Atlanta Falcons Quarter Back Michael Vick.

Michael Vick Sacked By Nike, Reebok – CBS News

As a result of the NFL star being charged with dog fighting, Nike and Reebok have suspending their business operations surrounding Vick.

Nike have reportedly suspended Michael Vick’s contract, whilst Reebok have stopped selling his number 7 NFL Jersey.

Nike have also stopped selling Vick shoes and sneakers as well as other products after protests from animal rights groups.

“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.  Read more here

ESPN Reported:

Michael Vick is back with Nike two years after the company severed ties over the quarterback’s involvement in a dogfighting ring.

“Mike has a long-standing, great relationship with Nike, and he looks forward to continuing that relationship,” his agent, Joel Segal, said Wednesday.

Segal would not reveal terms of the agreement. Nike, however, denied it had signed Vick to a sponsorship contract in a statement released to CNBC.

“Nike does not have a contractual relationship with Michael Vick,” Nike spokesman Kejuan Wilkins said in the statement to CNBC. “We have agreed to supply product to Michael Vick as we do a number of athletes who are not under contract with Nike.”. Read more here



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