Saturday, July 28, 2007

Nike suspends Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick's contract
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Nike suspended its lucrative contract with Michael Vick on Friday, while Reebok took the unprecedented step of stopping sales of his No. 7 jersey.

In another dose of bad news for the indicted quarterback, a top trading card company announced it was pulling Vick's likeness from any new packs.

Facing protests from animal-rights groups, Nike announced it was suspending Vick's endorsement deal without pay, as well as halting sales of Vick-related shoes and other products at its retail stores.

"Nike is concerned by the serious and highly disturbing allegations made against Michael Vick, and we consider any cruelty to animals inhumane and abhorrent," Nike spokesman Dean Stoyer said in a statement.

Reebok, the official uniform supplier of the NFL, said it would stop selling Vick's replica jersey at retail stores and through its Web site.

The news isn't all bad for Falcons fans. Assuming that Vick doesn't play this season, and he has been banned from the Falcons training camp, they might be able to make it back to the playoffs.

The news from Nike, Reebok and little old Donruss is heartening, indicative of at least a shred of scruples in the sports industry.

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