Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Nike Re-signs Michael Vick

According to the Associated Press (AP), Nike re-signed Michael Vick to an endorsement deal. 

When I think of the abuse Michael Vick’s dogs endured—at his hand—for entertainment and profit—I have a physical reaction. Images of the methods he used to make the dogs ‘mean’ and ‘good fighters’ still haunt me. 

While many people have similar reactions, it’s possible that my disgust runs a little deeper. Our sweet girl started life as a bait dog. She was rescued from a dog-fighting operation when she was 10 months old and, even though her physical scars have healed, she carries the emotional scars of her upbringing. I’m thankful we can offer her a warm and loving home. I ache for dogs that don’t get their happy ending.

In an effort not to be hypocritical, I try to believe in second chances. There are people who say Vick paid his debt and has realigned his moral compass. I just can’t get there.

I think he is not sorry for what he did to the dogs, he is only sorry that he got caught. If you think otherwise, I respect your opinion and would like to hear from you in the comment section below. In fact, I hope I am wrong. I'm not Michael Vick's judge, for sure. But I can’t erase the images of those dogs from my mind. I can’t forget what he did to those innocent animals. I can't shake the feeling that only a stone-cold heart can look into the eyes of a dog and willfully hurt him.   

At one time Nike thought Michael Vick’s behavior was inhumane and abhorrent enough to cancel their endorsement contract with him. But now, somehow, it's okay to use Vick to sell productbecause he can and does sell product. It's strictly about money. From a business standpoint, I get it. But I have choices. I don't respect what re-signing Michael Vick says about Nike. 

Sorry Nike, I just can’t do it.

I’m going to boycott Nike and their affiliate brands including:
Cole Haan, Umbro, Hurley, Roxy, Converse, Jack Purcell, Chuck Taylor, One Star, Air Jordan, Billabong, Quicksilver, and the Bauer brand of ice skates & hockey skates.

Will you join me?

21 comments:

Nancycarol said...

You bet I'll join you! As you said above, the only thing he's sorry for, is that he got caught. I will refuse to buy any of these products. I plan on carrying a list of the product names in my purse, so when I am shopping I can make sure nothing I buy benefits the company that thinks money is more important than compassion.

Pam said...

I'm in!

Julia Williams said...

I'm boycotting Nike also. If the things I read about him are true, things he supposedly said, I do not think he is the least bit sorry about what he did to the dogs. Moreover, I am positive he just doesn't "get it."

I am so sorry for what your dog endured, but thankful that she now has a wonderful home.

Julie said...

I agree with you 1000%. I get disgusted every time I see the words "Michael Vick." I've always been a big football fan, but his return to the NFL spoiled it for me in some ways. I'll definitely join you in the Nike boycott.

On a brighter note, how wonderful that your dog has found such a happy home with you. It breaks my heart to think of what she endured, but I'm glad she found her guardian angels now. :)

Langley said...

If you are so inclined, you can give your opinion to Nike about re-signing Vick. Call Nike World Headquarters @ (503) 671-6453.

AJ Tyne said...

Well, I have been feeling that he is sincerely changing. I believe that people fall into things because that's all they know, but when they are taught/exposed to facts, they can change. I've heard him talk on this topic and some of what he said sounded very sincere. And the HSUS blog -- I forgot his name -- works with Vick and thinks he has really changed. I'm willing to give him that much, since he did go to jail. I don't believe it would be right to refuse letting him play football again. However, I didn't know he was endorsing products again. I draw the line there. I do think when someone does criminal activities there are some things they lose permanently. And endorsing products -- in my mind -- has always supposed to be about the cream of the crop as well as being a good role model. Look what happened to the swimmer who smoked pot -- sorry every name is escaping me tonight. He lost his endorsements and everything over that, and that is nothing compared to what Vick did, yet Vick has endorsements now? Let him endorse beer, maybe. But NOTHING that kids buy, for sure. I'm interested in hearing what some of the commenters are writing that they've heard him say that doesn't sound like he's changed? What I've heard him say sounded quite sincere. And the work he is doing to fight against dog fighting is well beyond what he is required to do -- and it can help. Someone like him can be a big influence on kids, esp the kids that are high risk for fighting dogs. So I totally support him in that.

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