There are some people that will never forgive Michael Vick for the things he did, and no question they were cruel and inhumane. Not cruel like when I lied about my family to my current girlfriend; but more cruel like when I left my family for her. My ex-wife is her high school math teacher too, so it was a little touch-and-go for awhile. Especially at the junior prom.
Regardless of my fond memories of infidelity, sports, are a business. Vick may not be a saint, but neither are you and something about stones…or the cast of the Rolling Stones…what am I a book of life lessons!? At least he went to prison, and I don’t think they would release somebody convicted of a crime if they ever thought they would commit another crime again, now would they?
Anyway, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and one-time convicted felon Michael Vick linked up with Nike four years after they dropped him, terrific news for Vick’s family and creditors, not-so-terrific news for whiny overzealous animal lovers that think this guy should just leave the earth in a pod towards the sun.
“Michael acknowledges his past mistakes,” Nike said in a statement. “We do not condone those actions, but we support the positive changes he has made to better himself off the field.”
Vick was voted The Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year after missing two seasons and playing sparingly in 2009.
“Michael is committed to working with Nike and wants to utilize his platform as a professional athlete to have a positive impact on our youth,” said Andrew Stroth, the Chicago-based attorney who negotiated the deal for Vick.
Nike and Vick initially renewed their relationship in 2009, when the company announced it had “agreed to supply product” to the quarterback, who was not under contract. Nike has similar agreements with several athletes with whom it doesn’t have endorsement deals.
Vick was nasty last season, and I hope he does well again this season. The UFL needs the support.
Also, I want to apologize for what I wrote up there, earlier. I am sure the NFL will have a season and that the UFL will remain the haven for has-beens and never-will-bes that we have envisioned for it.