Michael Vick is launching a new clothing line called V7 that will be sold exclusively at East Coast sporting goods shop Modell’s. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback has had little trouble getting back into the endorsement game, even after being jailed for participating in illegal dog fighting a few years back.
But while his sentence cost him a couple of years in the National Football League and plenty of money during that time, Vick has cashed in on a $100 million deal with the Eagles and now has basically picked up exactly where he left off with endorsement deals.
So is all of that a way of saying that dog fighting is alright, as long as you promise not to do it again?
Vick spent 18 months in federal prison after being convicted of bankrolling a dogfighting ring. Yes, he served his time, but look at him now. I know that people should be given second chances, but does that mean we have to support them?
Especially, to this extent with this much money and wealth?
I will say that Vick has worked at restoring his public image. He now goes on the road and speaks out against animal cruelty. But does he even care about what he did to all of those poor, helpless, defenseless animals? Or is Vick just doing what his agent tells him in order to continue to be able to secure these huge endorsement deals from companies such as Nike and Muscle Pharm?
Admittedly, I do own some Nike apparel. In a way, I am embarrassed to say that, because of athletes who Nike continues to enlist to endorse them, including Vick and Tiger Woods, who is another athlete who I have absolutely no respect for as a human being. But by giving them these huge contracts and endorsement deals, is that just like saying what they did is alright, as long as they paid for it somehow?
What about the dogs? They were either killed by Vick and his cronies in the fights or later destroyed after being deemed too dangerous because of their training. They will never have the chance to be alright or supported. But creeps such as Vick continue to live their life with independent wealth, and we all make it happen.
So, the question remains, is supporting the new Vick clothing line the same as supporting dog fighting?
It may not exactly be the same, but I can guarantee you all that you will never see me sporting any V7 gear whatsoever.