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No Nike Deal for Vick

7/28/2007 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Vick is in deep doggy doo-doo with his endorsement partners for his alleged role in a dogfighting ring. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback has been suspended from big money contracts with Nike, Reebok and a trading card company, thanks to a federal dogfighting indictment against him.

This week, Nike suspended Vick without pay, and released a statement that "Nike is concerned by the serious and highly disturbing allegations made against Michael Vick, and we consider any cruelty to animals inhumane and abhorrent." The company vowed to stop selling Vick-related products but chose not to terminate his contact until his case was filed. Due process of puppy law!

Reebok opted to stop selling Vick's Falcons jersey, as has the NFL, which has suspended sales of Vick's number 7 jersey on nflshop.com. And the Donruss trading card company has pulled Vick's card from new packs.

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judy    

Vick needs to go to jail and sit ther and ponder on what he has done...........maybe they can put a few pitbulls in ther with him hummmmmmmmmmmmmm

judy

2558 days ago
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ANIMAL ABUSE!!!!Vick desreves everything comming to him    

ANIMAL ABUSE;Vick deserves everything comming to him.I hate people who treat animals as if they dont have any feelings.

2558 days ago
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Mary T.    

I hope he gets the same he gave the dogs.............ACLU we'll say what we want.......you don't tell us we shouldn't judge Vick.....

2558 days ago
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Mary T.    

Maybe he'll get a 'little' prison love........All dogs deserve the same....

2558 days ago
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Brat2u    

As usual, the holier then thou crowd is estatic at someone's public court based on bias information. However, when the Ken Lays steal billions leaving real people pensionless.....no such outburst?? Or when Polygamists enjoy incest on Government Welfare checks.....no outburst??
Or even when The President and his Administration have innocwent troops slaughtered or sacrificed, based on a lie.....no revolution???

You people need to get a life, because obviously your concern for animals is absurd, when you don't do as much for humans starving in the streets, let a whole City disappear in the USA....but you are worried about dogs that are euthanized daily, because no one will adopt them.
I don't watch football so no idea who Vick is.....what I do know after reading the indictment is it appears he was charged because he owns the property where it took place. No mention of his being a ringleader, or killing any dogs himself, and no dates to match his being there or not. So try not judging peoplen before you have the facts. And TMZ does not have the facts...it is a tabloid.

2557 days ago
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Brat2u    

319. this is good news . .. the guy who questions whether we should wait until he's proven guilty? This is pretty clear cut case. It was happening ON his property. It's just a matter of time until it's official that he's guilty.

Yeah....owning property does not make you Guilty. It might make you libel, as if you slipped and fell outside, the sidewalk store would be libel..that is a civil matter not criminal. The Indictment reads that some of his roommates or caretakers, killed the dog and names that person explicitly. And he is the one trying to cut a deal...Like Sammy Gravano who killed 19 humans, but cut a deal and got protection. Just because you Plea deal, does not mean you are truthful. As fart as dogs go, they are abused daily, that is evident on Animal Planet. I prefer to worry about abused People....NOT DOGS. But not to worry, I haven't bought NIKE since finding out how their shoes are made, and the slave labor used to make them....So if Nike goes out of business....np here. They supported Vick, because he brought money in.....all about profit. No conscience about any dogs and why they took so long to suspend. They got tired of the KKK calling their offices. As if Caucasions in the deep south don't do far worst to most animals. I suppose Vick invented dogfighting?? not to mention the dogs were purchased and bred from various breeders....no arrests there??? American Racism at it's best...HAng Him High....No wonder the World hates this country and wants to eliminate it. The country of HYPOCRITES.

2557 days ago
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doclutz    

Hall of Famer Jim Otto recovering after having right leg amputated

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer
August 1, 2007

NAPA, Calif. (AP) -- Hall of Fame center Jim Otto recently had his right leg amputated and is recovering in a hospital in Utah.

Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis made the announcement Wednesday as part of a wide-ranging news conference touching on the state of the team, the recent death of Bill Walsh and pensions for former NFL players.


Otto, 69, has had a litany of health problems. He has had prostate cancer, two major infections that nearly killed him and approximately 40 operations -- mostly on his banged-up knees from playing football.

"It's been, as you know with him, a tremendous fight," Davis said. "He's lived through it now for three years, day in and day out. But it finally came. He fought the amputation. He didn't want it. He fought it. But there was no other thing to do but to amputate."

Otto played with the Raiders from 1960-74 and is currently the team's director of special projects. He organizes reunions for former players and events for fans in the luxury boxes, and makes public appearances for the team.

Otto was a member of the original Raiders of 1960. He played in nine AFL All-Star games and the first three AFC-NFC Pro Bowls.

Davis talked about his relationship with Walsh, who got his start in professional football as an assistant with the Raiders in 1966. That one season Walsh spent in Oakland helped forge a friendship with Davis that endured decades of rivalry while Walsh coached with Cincinnati, San Diego and eventually San Francisco. Davis spent time at Walsh's house last Saturday, just two days before his death following a long battle with leukemia.

Davis said he'd like to start an award in Walsh's honor to be given to quarterbacks in a ceremony held in the Bay Area.

"What he represented to professional football, and what stands out there today, is just unparalleled, whether it be George Halas or Paul Brown, whoever it may be," Davis said. "He did a magnificent job, and we here on the West Coast have to wake up and realize that not everything happens at the Heisman, the Maxwell Award, and all these awards, that are given back East to great contemporaries and great people."

Davis also backed the fight by former players to have increased pensions and disability payments. In June, a group of former players testified in Congress about their bouts with multiple surgeries, dementia and homelessness, all while trying to fight through the red tape of the National Football League and the NFL Players Association's disability system.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and players' union head Gene Upshaw met with nearly a dozen former players last month to discuss a new joint effort to look into disability pay and health care for retirees.

"It's not fair to have the National Football League as someone who didn't take care of theirs when we should take care of our own," Davis said. "I strongly believe that."



Updated on Wednesday, Aug 1, 2007 7:57 pm, EDT

DOGS OR HUMANS WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT?????


2557 days ago
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AUG    

Here comes the worn out what's more important DOGS or HUMANS JUST BECAUSE YOU CARE ABOUT ONE MEANS YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT THE OTHER argument. Some of us care about both. And what about Iraq?? Why aren't those overpaid athlete clowns over there fighting for the country that's making them rich??

2557 days ago
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Suzanne    


I don't watch football so no idea who Vick is.....what I do know after reading the indictment is it appears he was charged because he owns the property where it took place. No mention of his being a ringleader, or killing any dogs himself, and no dates to match his being there or not. So try not judging peoplen before you have the facts. And TMZ does not have the facts...it is a tabloid. Posted at 5:34AM on Aug 2nd 2007 by Brat2u
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Brat, you are comparing apples and oranges. Animal fighting is a felony conviction. In other words, it is criminal activity. But what most people with hearts, compassion and good character are concerned with is that Vick made a choice, when he was already making millions, to breed dogs and force them to kill each other, even if they didn't want to, and female dogs were cruelly locked into a sex apparatus and forced to be bred. Dogs who didn't appear to be good fighters, or who didn't want to tear another dog to pieces and kill it, were slammed into the ground until they were dead, or buried alive, or wet down with water and electricuted, or hung. If a poor dog fought for HOURS and lost the fight, he was tortured and killed in front of the crowd. It has been testified that Vick gave permission for this, that he was present, and that he fought dogs. That barbaric behavior and cruelty to defenseless, helpless animals is NOT acceptable to people with compassion. TMZ does have the facts, and so does law enforcement. You are the one who doesn't have the facts. Try to watch the news so you will be better informed before you accuse people who are aware of what Vick has done of judging. By the way, dogs like Golden Retrievers were thrown in a pit to be killed to train the dogs. Do you even have a dog? People who break the law should serve time. People who torture and kill helpless dogs, and who make them fight to the death, should fry in hell.

2557 days ago
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Suzanne    


DOGS OR HUMANS WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT?????
Posted at 5:33PM on Aug 2nd 2007 by doclutz

Civilized people know that human beings are the caretakers of the helpless animals of the world. People are the custodians of the helpless. To abuse that responsibility is to be less than human. People have jurisdiction over helpless children and helpless animals. The decency and ethics of each person is determined by how they protect the innocent, and that they not abuse, harm or kill those who are helpless. Countries are judged by the way they treat animals. So are people. It is ridiculous to excuse brutal and uncivilized treatment of helpless dogs by saying people are more important.
Also, illegal activities are not admirable. Abusing and murdering helpless animals is inexcusable. What kind of people condone illegal activities that involve the brutal and inhumane treatment, and the torturous killing of the helpless? People who either have a hidden agenda or people who are involved in similar activities.

2557 days ago
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doclutz    

so everyone avoids the questions...God made humans...God did not make PITTBULL...Go on the internet and learn of their origin...would you buy a pitbull as a pet for your kids.

Stop hating us rich people... athletes or whoever...we set our goals higher and we become
sucessful...join us, lift yourself...so many of you are glad that vick will lose money.

Charge vic for gambling...all other sports that uses animals abuse them and then get rid of them. Horse Racing, Greyhound Racing, Animal skin for clothing, then the humans boxing...look at ALI...Football concusions that have let to suicide...wrestling...murder and suicide...again which is more mportant.

2557 days ago
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AUG    

The real question is it right to torture animals IN AND OF ITSELF without comparison to anything else. Judging from what I've been hearing most people would say absolutely not. Athletes as having a higher goal. Now that's funny. Trying to improve things in society is a higher goal throwing around a ball is not. Now if those athletes that became rich on the public's money did some *good* that would be a higher goal. Using that money to abuse animals is pitiful. Some people will always try to turn love and respect for animals (God's creatures) into an either /or issue, if/then issue.

2556 days ago
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oo kay    

Well I wont point the finger at him cause Im guilty of wearing animal skins for shoes belts and everything else Nike has sweatshops that make these shoes for less than 11 cents then they mark it up to a 100 dollars and we americans dont care. The NFL makes foot balls out of pig skin and we dont care they sell hot dogs hamburgers and every other type of dead animals and we dont care to boycott them at all! but let a BLACK man do something that Hasnt been proven then all of a sudden we care? Im going to tell you the truth dogs are put to sleep every day in this country animals are hunted for sport we snatch fish out of the ocean we kill thousnads of tress we watch barbaric sports such as foot ball boxing etc and we dont care the only reason we care about this issue is becasue of who he is..If he were Tom brady this story wouldnt have made the light of day all this is a fourm to show how racist you can be and I truley feel sorry fo the people who want him hanged and etc because big corporations and the medai have controll of your mind.

2556 days ago
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Suzanne    


we watch barbaric sports such as foot ball boxing etc and we dont care the only reason we care about this issue is becasue of who he is..If he were Tom brady this story wouldnt have made the light of day all this is a fourm to show how racist you can be and I truley feel sorry fo the people who want him hanged and etc because big corporations and the medai have controll of your mind.Posted at 10:44AM on Aug 3rd 2007 by oo kay

oo Kay, there is nothing you can say about what people wear that will justify breaking the law, commiting a felony offense in fighting dogs in a pit, or in barbaric behavior in torturing and killing dogs. You just make yourself look stupid when you say things like that.

And, please spare us the "race card", which everybody in the USA is tired of hearing. That no longer has any validity, however you want to use it, and why can't you move on and accept responsibility for your own actions instead of always whining that when a black person commits crilme they are only charged because they are black. Are you crazy? Any person who commits a crime did what they did, and they don't get a free ride no matter what their race nor nationality. It sounds idiotic when people say somebody was arrested because they were black. If they broke the law, they are guilty.
People sound like lunatics when they want murderers to walk because they are black.

People of any race, of any culture, are responsible for their own actions, and they will answer to God for abuse of children or animals, who are the most innocent and the most helpless.

2556 days ago
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Jeezlouise    

Through Vick, I was exposed to something I had no clue was going on. I still can't believe people do that sort of thing. What a horrible, dark and cruel subculture. Why on earth would you want to create bloodshed and death of innocent animals when you have all the money in the world to create the most beautiful and spectacular life? So strange.

2555 days ago
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