In what we wish were an oversight by NFLSHOP.com, you can purchase a Philadelphia Eagles jersey for your dog…customized with Michael Vick‘s name and number. The New York Daily News ordered one yesterday, and the NFL has no intention to block customers from buying canine jerseys with VIck’s name. Should they?
“Like any other player, (customers) can obtain that name and that jersey if they wish,” league spokesman Greg Aiello said. “As far as putting it on the dog product, he’s working with humane societies, working to educate others on this issue, so we don’t see a problem.”
The NFL keeps a surreal list of more than 1,100 words and names that shoppers cannot use when customizing their jerseys, consisting mostly of swears, slurs and an avalanche of sexual references that would make Caligula blush. That same list applies to the pooch ponchos, and an attempt to order an Eagles No. 7 dog jersey with the banned name “MEXICO” – as in Ron Mexico, Vick’s alias in a 2005 lawsuit alleging that he knowingly infected a woman with herpes (the suit was settled out of court) – was denied.
Vick’s former dogs, now in the loving care of a rescue organization, had the following comment:
Want to buy a customized Michael Vick Eagles jersey for your dog? NFL says okay … for $39.99 [Daily News] (Thanks, Melinda!)
Hunter Philadelphia Eagles Custom Pet Jersey [NFLSHOP.COM]
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