By TPR Staff

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.

 

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  1. avatar Jennifer

    Wonderful!! Thanks for being one of the few reporters who are not kissing his butt. Just so you know, those speaking engagements were part of his probation. During those speeches he didn’t take responsibility for his actions. He continued to blame his friends, upbringing, culture, being poor, and not having a father around.

     
  2. avatar Lisa Pate

    Thank you for your article! I don’t believe for a second that Vick is sorry for his actions. He speeches were court ordered. I would never in my life support any of his money making ventures!

     
    • avatar BucsFTW

      Lisa… I can only ask you, and ALL others commenting on the article, just one thing:

      Do you still watch NFL games? Ever?

       
  3. avatar Tammy Gordon

    Great article! Thank you!!

     
    • avatar BucsFTW

      Do you still watch any NFL games? Any…? Ever…?

      There’s a point to asking – trust me.

       
  4. avatar Tyler

    Yes thanks you for having the guts to speak out about what is right. I will never support anything he does and any company that does business with him in any capacity if I can possibly help it. I may have to put up with him playing for the nfl but I do NOT have to help make him richer.

     
    • avatar BucsFTW

      So… Tyler,

      Do you still watch any NFL games? Any…? Ever…?

      There’s a point to asking – trust me.

       
  5. avatar Lisa Longo

    Excellent article. It is nice to know not all the sports reporters are blind to his lack of remorse and and greed.

     
  6. avatar Robin Esau Grosshans

    Thank you, thank you for this article. I believe he is only doing what his agent tells him t
    o do to restore his reputation. The question that I have is: why doesn’t Michael Vick have to struggle like every other felon who walks out of prison. It is nearly impossible for a felon to find a job. Vick walked out if prison and right into a 100 million contract.

     
  7. avatar TERRY

    You speak the truth , I wish him nothing but bad .

     
    • avatar BucsFTW

      Amazing how most forget Karma’s a two-way street.

       
  8. avatar BucsFTW

    Not trying to offend anyone here, but… Have you all lost your freakin’ minds? I hate Vick. I would never buy M7 gear. Can’t stand the man, but whether you, I, or anyone else likes it – the man completely screwed the pooch (pun intended), but get this…
    He did the crime, and…
    He did the time. He paid his debt to society. I suppose some of you may walk on water, but for those of you who have made mistakes (like me) – I’m glad you were forgiven. But hey, your glass house looks sweet.

     
    • avatar Tammy Gordon

      First, the time he did was for the financial crimes committed in connection with the dog fighting, not any animal abuse crimes.

      Also, there are literally thousands of athletes that remain good citizens, perform charity work, and give back to their communities. Yet, companies continue to hold someone like him up as a role model and a celebrity. This is a player that had a terrible, injury-ridden season. He spread herpes virus to unsuspecting women, used an alias when seeking treatment, and was sued for not divulging his disease. He owned and operated one of the most publicized dog fighting rings in history and spent time in prison on interstate gambling charges. Surely these companies can find an athlete to book at events that deserves respect and admiration?

       
      • avatar Lisa Landry

        Amen Tammy. Unbelievable how many people still believe that his did his time. He absolutely did not. He did not do one second of time for the extreme brutality, torture, mutilation and murder of these dogs. Hanging, drowning, electrocuting, hammers, nails, 2x4s, guns, knives, beaten with chains, slammed to ground over and over. Bloody claw marks in the pool where the dogs tried to save themselves, dogs bodies twisted tied to trees hanging, bloody chains, bodies found with broken bones, dogs buried while still gasping for air. What the he** kind of monster would be too much for the NFL to put back into the role of idol for our children? Or Nike to sign as a rep for their company? Because he can play football? Seriously? I have boycotted the NFL and Nike since. Horrific what this says about our priorities. I see people say ‘it’s just dogs’…. are you serious? Any human that can torture any living creature in this manner is a complete psychopath. And a psychopath is always a psychopath. Period.

         
  9. avatar christina

    Thank you for your article and for inviting open discussion on this subject. I continue to be amazed at the number of people, many of them seriously uniformed about the horrible atrocities committed by Vick, who continue to be duped by Vick and his PR team into believing that he is a reformed man. He has publically stated that his only regret is that his prison sentence wasn’t shorter. In my opinion, it is a serious mistake to reward someone like Vick with admiration and million dollar endorsements. Respect and the rewards that come with it must be earned. Vick got off easy and he has learned nothing about real consequences and accountability.

     
    • avatar BucsFTW

      Curious christina… Am I to be included in that group of the “seriously uniformed”? It is totally irrelevant to the debate, but I was an investigator of the initial investigation, so probably not as uninformed as you have assumed. He was, and is, only to ‘pay his debt to society’ as ruled by the court. If you had done anything requiring you to be imprisoned, wouldn’t we ALL wish it was shorter? Be honest with yourself. Also Christina, I’m curious if you, or any other family members watch the NFL? To say Vick ‘got off easy’, if true, would be an indictment of our judicial system. Hardly Vick’s fault for the severity of his punishment. Lastly, how could you possibly know whether or not he “learned” anything from it? That sounds ridiculous to me.

       
      • avatar Tammy Gordon

        Curious, BucsFTW…Is this someone that you want your children to emulate? Do you think he should be used as a role model? Can you not agree that there are many athletes that would be much more deserving?

         
        • avatar BucsFTW

          Well Tammy, to be quite honest with you… No. But then again, I don’t foster the ideaism of emmulating anybody. I want them to have an identity based on their own merit, not because they have M7 gear on, or a Coach handbag on their arm, or a certain tennis shoe on. I would use him as a role model, but only from the standpoint that success and happiness can be achieved after shameful, heinous, and evil acts have been commited.
          Who determines who is “more deserving”…? You…? Me…? No.
          From an endorsement standpoint, athletes are competeing for advertising dollars. They are at the mercy (or benefit from) of the buying public.
          Trust me on this; if Nike didn’t think bringing him back on board was the right move – they never would have. And don’t doubt for a moment that they haven’t considered us dog lovers in making that determination as well…

           
  10. avatar Maggie Corchnoy

    It’s refreshing to see a writer who isn’t turning a blind eye to Vick’s deeds simply because he has some athletic talent. While he did time for some of his crimes, he never did any time for the wortst of them – the actual torture & killing of the dogs. He hasn’t really shown anything that looks like true remorse, either. If he actually seemed to feel sorry for what he did instead of just sorry he got caught, perhaps I’d see it differently, but as things are I don’t want to put any money into the pockets of Vick or any company that does business with him.

     
  11. avatar Jennifer Norman

    Awesome article! I don’t understand these companies endorsing athletes with such obviously awful characters. There are literally TONS of athletes that do wonderful things in communities that don’t have questionable character or ethics. Bravo on a well written piece.

     
  12. avatar Todd Hilfigure

    This article is wrong on so many levels. for starters, Vick has done a little more than”promise not to do it again”. Starting with going to prison. Then community service and donations. He’s spent time, money, and effort to help spread awareness and stop dog fighting. Then lumping in a felon with a guy who cheated on his wife is a reach. But I think the fact that they “paid in some kind of way” does make it things better if not okay. Going to prison and paying 100 million dollars plus losing full custody of your kids isn’t some slap on the risk. Nike endorses 2 guys who has paid there debt to society. That doesn’t mean what they did was okay. If that was the case Nike wouldn’t have dropped them in the first place and they wouldnt have faced the penalties they faced legally.

     
    • avatar jennifer

      You are wrong, Vick hasn’t donated a penny to animal organizations. The Eagles did.

       
  13. avatar Cathy

    Hi Rob:
    Thank you so much for offering the public an article that is geared toward the truth rather than toward kissing Mike Vick’s butt:-( Like others have said, he was made to speak out against animal cruelty by the courts, so to me, whatever he has said is negated by the fact that he was forced to say it!!! As far as Nike is concerned, I, too, own Nike apparel and have, always, chosen their products over others because of their quality, but I can assure you that I will NEVER buy another Nike item while they use Vick as a spokesperson!!!

    If you really want a realistic viewpoint into Mikey’s horrific and violent acts against dogs, BucsFTW, then do me a favor and read The Lost Dogs: Michael vick’s Dogs And Their Tale Of Rescue And Redemption by Jim Gorant. Once you have taken the time to read this true account of what this P.O.S. really did to these innocent pooches, then let me know how you feel about him:-) I am all for forgiveness and redemption, but when an individual has committed so many heinous crimes with such an inconsequential sentence for his crimes, I have a really hard time forgiving and allowing him to go on making millions of dollars when he is only sorry that he was caught!!! Seriously, for anyone who is on the fence when it comes to this issue, do me, and yourself, the favor of reading this book since it will give you the reality of the situation.

    All I can say is that I hope that NO ONE is foolish enough to purchase this clothing line!!! Whenever you are tempted to overlook what he has done, always remember that the dogs that he hurt/killed NEVER got a second chance!!! This has NOTHING to do with football, so just because you are an Eagles fan does NOT mean that you are disloyal if you refuse to support a man who is just a bad person!!!

     
    • avatar BucsFTW

      I’ll get to this foolishness in the morning…

       
  14. avatar clodagh

    Great article Rob.

    I think any company that endorse Michael Vick is indeed supporting dog fighting. Vick is not one bit sorry for what he has done, he was only sorry he got caught. Any public speeches about animal cruelty he has to make, it’s not by his own choice. The NFL and these companies are basically saying that it’s alright to torture and murder dogs as long as you say sorry and make a few speeches. There are better role models out there than vick.

    Shame on them and anyone else that lets their kids look up to a twisted felon like vick.

     
  15. avatar Rob Kelley

    Refreshing to read such well put and intelligent comments! Means so much to me that well informed people are reading these articles! Help spread the word!

     
  16. avatar mike

    If you don’t like him don’t buy his clothes. He’s paid for his crimes end of story, get over it.

     
    • avatar Pamela Brumbaugh

      I would love to move on from this but he is not in any way sorry for what he did. He does not care AT ALL about what he did to those dogs or the example that sets for the youth. As far as him paying for his crimes, men with guns made him go to prison and the court required him to do some community service. He is a jerk. He deserve to be hounded for the rest of his life by people like me. That is my opinion – you get over it.

       
  17. avatar Kristy

    I wouldn’t buy anything from Michael Vick. He isn’t sorry, he’s doing exactly what you theorized..he’s doing and saying what he’s told to continue raking in the bucks.

    One thing I will correct in your article though, the majority of Vick dogs were NOT put down. A couple were due to aggression and/or injuries, but the vast majority lived on to either go to a sanctuary and live out their lives or were adopted to loving homes. Some even went on to become therapy dogs.

    He did not break their spirits. Nor has he broken the spirits of those who support those animals.

     
  18. avatar Jamie FitzGerald

    Saying that Vick “did his time” because he spent 18 months of a 24 month sentence in prison is like saying OJ “did his time” for double murder, or Casey Anthony “did her time” for her culpability in the death of her daughter. The feds pushed the federal gambling charges because it was evident that the state prosecutor wasn’t going to seek to prosecute on the dogfighting and animal cruelty charges. He was looking at upwards of 60 years in prison if convicted on all counts. Instead he took a plea deal for a 3 year SUSPENDED sentence for a guilty plea on a single dog fighting count.
    No, he hasn’t “done his time”, he hasn’t “paid his debt”, and I won’t go near any product by any company that willingly gets in bed with this animal.

     
    • avatar Lisa Landry

      Amen.

       
  19. avatar Lisa Landry

    Good read.

    Michael Vick gave $1mn toward the care of the dogs that were saved because he was ordered to do so.

    Michael Vick made public appearances against dog fighting because he was ordered to do so.

    Michael Vick did not do once ounce of jail time for the extreme brutality, torture, mutilation and murder of these dogs. Hanging, drowning, electrocuting, hammers, nails, 2x4s, guns, knives, beaten with chains, slammed to ground over and over. Bloody claw marks in the pool where the dogs tried to save themselves, dogs bodies twisted tied to trees, bodies hanging swinging from ropes, bloody chains, bodies found with broken bones, dogs buried while still gasping for air. What the he** kind of monster would be too much for the NFL to put back into the role of idol for our children? Or Nike to sign as a rep for their company? Because he can play football? Seriously? I have boycotted the NFL and Nike since. Horrific what this says about our priorities. I see people say ‘it’s just dogs’…. are you serious? Any human that can torture any living creature in this manner is a complete psychopath. And a psychopath is always a psychopath. Period.

     
  20. avatar Tammy Gordon

    For those saying that vick has “done his time”, please read this well-written article: https://www.facebook.com/notes/jamie-fitzgerald/he-served-his-time-or-did-he/10150302872605359

     
  21. avatar Lori

    BucsFTW
    Really?????? You stand among shit…yes shit..Because you ask if people are still watching games???..THIS I vow here and NOW..
    I WILL NO LONGER SUPPORT,WATCH,PURCHASE ANYTHING OR ANYONE ASSOCIATED and I MEAN NOTHING!!!WITH THIS SPORT.. I WAS a HUGE fan of football..NO LONGER!!!..Thank you for putting that into perspective for me..He’s right up there with Sandusky!!! Oh wait…what’s that??? You say there is a big difference ???..Not really Sandusky..They both left broken souls in the wake of their path Sandusky just didn’t finish the job by not murdering HIS VICTIMS..and HIS victims COULD TALK.

     

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