Wednesday, July 18, 2007

When a Bad Newz Kennels dog was wounded in a losing fight, NFL star Michael Vick was consulted before the animal was doused with water and electrocuted.

That's just one of the gruesome details that emerged Tuesday when the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and three others were indicted by a federal grand jury.
Nevertheless, Nike CEO Phil Knight refuses to drop Vick as one of the athletes sponsored by Nike, claiming that he hasn't yet been convicted of any crime. I'm here to call bullshit. It's called the "appearance of impropriety", Mr. Knight. I guarantee that the conduct clause in Vick's multi-million dollar contract with Nike does not require proof beyond a reasonable doubt before they can void his contract, and there is more than sufficient evidence that Vick is seriously lacking in character. The NFL and many corporate sponsors have penalized players for their conduct, including driving under the influence, conduct that arguably could be explained as a temporary lapse in judgment. The systematic torture of animals cannot be so explained, and Vick should be banished from the NFL, and his sponsors should drop him now.
Click here to urge the NFL to suspend Vick.


Blogger LA said...


Thanks for the link, Diane.

12:28 PM  
Blogger sage said...

I couldn't believe it when I heard some of the details, this guy is sick and I can't understand him still having endorsements... I'm off to your link. Thanks.

3:15 PM  
Blogger NY KAT said...

First of all, I hate animal cruelty. Second of all, I hate athletes that think that just because they are a star that they are indestructible and can do anything that they please. It's a disgrace!!!

4:18 PM  
Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

I have to say that I had never heard of Michael Vick before these dog fighting stories came about. What a loser. I'd respect a company more for taking a stand and cutting this guy loose.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

I'm in.

The sad thing, this is seen as macho, cool behavior by so many American males. I bet that's why Nike wants to keep him inked. Yuck!

9:32 PM  
Blogger Prunella Jones said...

This is so gross!

7:45 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Doused with water and electrocuted?

I'm in on this suspension cause. Also fi there is a neutering cause sign me up for that too.

8:12 AM  
Blogger tdn said...

I am a huge Falcons fan, and I had high hopes for Vick when he came from VT (even though he had that maverick reputation then--and not in a good way).
Maybe I should look into golf after all. :)

9:10 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Sent the link on to various friends.
Michael Vick is a piece of shit.
It makes me ill just thinking about these dogs fighting each other. I just can't figure out why anyone would find this a source of entertainment.

12:02 AM  

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