July 20, 2007, - 12:24 pm

Nike, NFL Must Dump Michael Vick

By Debbie Schlussel
Despite a federal indictment alleging that NFL star Michael Vick of the Atlanta Falcons a/k/a “Ookie”

executed approximately eight dogs . . . by various methods, including hanging, drowning, and slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground.

Other allegations are that Vick and his friends filed down dogs’ teeth to make them more sharp and kept them on a short leash to make them more violent against other dogs, once they were released to attack with the razor-sharp teeth.

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The Company They Keep . . .

Oh, and BTW, where is PETA? (UPDATE: PETA now calling for Vick’s ouster from NFL.) Time for them to protest “water-boarding” of innocent dogs, the same way their comrades on the left are upset it’s rightfully being done against Islamic terrorists who want to murder us.
Given all this, you’d think the NFL would release Vick, or at least, suspend him until the case is decided. With any other employer, that’s what would happen–he’d have been sent packing and escorted out by security guards, long ago. But not with the NFL, home of triple-murderer Ray Lewis. Even with newer, ostensibly tougher Commissioner Roger Goodell, the league is taking a wait-and-see, we-don’t-want-to-lose-a-barbaric-star attitude. If he can suspend Pacman Jones and Tank Johnson, he can dump Vick, too.
This is not the first time the NFL has looked the other way on Vick. As you’ll recall, in January, I wrote about Vick being caught at the Miami International Airport, with a water bottle containing a hidden compartment containing dark particulate matter that looks and smells like marijuana. The Miami-Dade Police conveniently lost the videotape and charges were dropped against Vick. Still, we know what he was up to. And so does the NFL, which is not bound by rules of evidence governing a court.
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Sick: Official Hobby of Michael Vick

Shame on Nike, too. While the company is pulling Vick’s latest show, the Air Zoom Vick V, it refuses to pull his contract (which presumably has a morals clause) or his three jerseys (bearing his name) and four previous shoe models from stores.
Nike and the NFL must take a stand against barbarism. What Vick did is disgusting. Barbarism like that against animals demonstrates a capacity to do the same with humans.
Time for NIKE and the NFL to get off the fence and quit enabling money-making barbarians. Cut Michael Vick loose.
What’s next, Nike-sponsored dog fights? I challenge someone to produce the parody t-shirts. Maybe that will be enough to embarrass the unethical swoosh-mongers.

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17 Responses

I saw in the WSJ today about Nike pulling his shoes. I think it’s only a matter of time before they completely release him from his contract. They’re probably waiting for the case to evolve a bit more, because right now it’s simply allegations. I haven’t read anything that suggests that these charges aren’t legitimate thus far, so for Nike, it’s only a matter of time.
As for the NFL, I’m not so optimistic.

AlternativeThought on July 20, 2007 at 12:42 pm

Thugs are us!
When will America quit making heroes out of thugs?

AlturaCt on July 20, 2007 at 12:58 pm

If poor performance justified electrocuting a dog, Michael Vick should have done the same to himself. He’s a crappy quarterback.

J-Lin on July 20, 2007 at 1:21 pm

Does Vick wet his bed and/or set fires? We are dealing with a psychopath here.

lexi on July 20, 2007 at 1:46 pm

A very sick man, as well as having tendency to kill humans.
We’re looking at a possible homocide.
Definitely, a psychopath.

allat on July 20, 2007 at 2:26 pm

The NFL needs an enema.

Stealthkix on July 20, 2007 at 2:53 pm

If allegations/evidence & trial find him guilty then the judge should give him maximum fine & loooong jail term.After that he needs to be institutionalized.This sub-human scum is sick,sick,sick & extremely cruel & not worthy to be amoung civilized people.

billybob on July 20, 2007 at 3:57 pm

There are Other Indictments that MUST follow, if we still have the rule of law in America. There is zero possibility that a considerable number of influential people surrounding Vick did not know. Agents, Managers, Nike’s people (whom I presume do something akin to background checks in order to be able to construct a Contract that includes a Morals Clause). There are any number of people who Had To Know, or at the very least, Suspect. Crime and Money Changing Hands of this magnitude do not happen in a vacuum, and failure to report a crime is as serious a charge as the crime itself … as in Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice.
Vick is not human. This is as barabaric as Muslims. But amidst the smoke and heat we must remember there are many others who must be held accountable for failure to bring this matter to light early enough. This did not happen without knowledge.

Johnny Yuma on July 20, 2007 at 4:49 pm

That person who did this is subhuman. A walking piece of trash, I can’t stand this scumbag and and that photo is unreal.

CarpeDiem on July 20, 2007 at 5:24 pm

I used to work for NIKE, for four years, many years ago.
That was the main reason that I left as I could not stomach working for people like that.
ALL they care about is $$$$$$$. They have NO conscience about the serf labor that they use and they are not going to about this either. I would imagine the NFL is the same.
BTW, some might be VERY surprised as to what extremely small fraction of what they sell shoes for that they actually pay the serfs who make them.
ALL they care about is $$$$$$$$$.
That’s it.

feralcat9 on July 20, 2007 at 5:34 pm

I was doing some research on dog fighting, and I found this:
http://kabul-diary.blogspot.com/2007/02/masculine-friday-with-dog-fighting.html
What a surprise? The Religion of Peace promotes dog fighting, too. Who would have guessed?
Listen, I’m no PETA member. However, my dog is more human than all the thug dog-fight promoters & Islamo-Nazi degenerates COMBINED!
For those of you who think I might be stretching the point & forcing a connection, here are some more links to the Islamo-Nazi world of dog fighting (just a few of the hundreds of Google hits):
http://www.dogforce.com/cannine_pastime.htm
http://www.onasia.com/content/story.aspx?storyID=314&page=1
FYI – Islam officially declares all “blood sports,” including dog fighting, as forbidden.
HOWEVER, most Muslims consider dogs as haraam (unclean), and with that in mind it’s easy to rationalize dog fighting in the name of Allah.

Tailfin on July 21, 2007 at 7:46 am

This subhuman criminal thug needs to die and if there were any justice in this world, he and every other thug ballplayer just like him would be dead or in prison instead of pulling down millions of dollars. I am disgusted by Americans who turn a blind eye to this sort of thing and keep on laying the money down like empty headed whores.

AmericanJewess on July 21, 2007 at 2:23 pm

Um, okay, so that was a mangled metaphor. Please forgive me. I’m just a little upset.

AmericanJewess on July 21, 2007 at 2:24 pm

Isn’t there something about serial killers begin by torturing animals? Talk about a sicko – I hope they wet him down and throw a live wire on him!

redtop on July 22, 2007 at 2:37 pm

Indignant we can be, but not surprised. NIKE wants to continue to appeal to a sector of the market that takes a lot of money out of their pockets(and often the pockets of others) to put it into NIKE’s pockets…a segment of the population that lusts after life in the fast lane, idolizes professional athletes and glamorizes thug culture. So, Vick’s shameful(to the rational & civil)behaviour just impressed a few more NIKE-wearing punks, who – disgustingly enough – celebrate and indentify with Vick’s behaviour. To NIKE that just means: “KA-CHING!”
KeepWatch!

ShomerShomer on July 22, 2007 at 6:36 pm

You can count on my contacting Nike and saying I WILL NOT ANY NIKE PRODUCT UNTIL NIKE GIVES BOTH MICHAEL VICK AND SERENA WILLIAMS THE HEAVE-HO!!! All I need is the toll-free number.

Peter M. Arel on October 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Sorry-I should have said “I WILL NOT BUY ANY NIKE PRODUCT UNTIL NIKE GIVES BOTH MICHAEL VICK AND SERENA WILLIAMS THE HEAVE-HO!” VICK’S SIN is Dogfighting;SERENA should be given the Heave-ho for threatening a lineswoman at the U.S. Open. I wonder how people who play tennis for the enjoyment of the game will react.

Peter M. Arel on October 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm

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