All over the world, sports fans set their heroes up on high pedestals. So when scandals hit, it’s a long way for professional athletes to fall, and they often lose lucrative endorsement deals on their way down.
After cutting ties with quarterback Michael Vick in 2007 following his involvement in a dogfighting ring, the shoe giant has apparently decided that Vick’s on-field performance has restored his good name enough to re-enlist him with an endorsement deal.
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?
Michael Vick, the allegedly herpetic former NFL quarterback and dog lover, has filed paperwork detailing the decent into financial ruin that lead to his bankruptcy filing in July of this year. Vick blew through $17.7 million dollars in two years preceding his Chapter 11 petition. If that sounds like a lot of money in a short amount of time, consider the fact that Vick has been imprisoned since November 2007. For those of you looking for some insight into Vick’s attitude towards money, the Smoking Gun points out that one of his check memos reads, “chump change.”
For those of you who are not aware, there is a certain incarcerated former NFL quarterback who was accused of using the name “Ron Mexico” when visiting medical clinics to get treatment for genital herpes. He’s since been sent to federal prison for his involvement in a dog fighting ring — but it seems that his alias is passing the time working at Chick-fil-a.