Nike denies endorsement deal with NFL player Vick

CHICAGO, (Reuters Life!) – Nike Inc denied it has an  endorsement deal with Michael Vick more than two years after  dumping the National Football League quarterback following his  arrest for bankrolling a dog-fighting ring. Nike said it was only supplying gear for Vick as it does  with many athletes. In such deals, Nike does not pay the  athlete.“Nike does not have a contractual relationship with Michael  Vick,” Nike spokesman KeJuan Wilkins said in a statement. “We  have agreed to supply product to Michael Vick as we do a number  of athletes who are not under contract with Nike.”Nike terminated its endorsement deal with Vick in 2007. On Wednesday, there were reports that Vick’s agent said his  client has an endorsement deal with Nike but would not reveal  terms of the contract. Vick was once one of the NFL’s most popular and exciting  players but he was jailed in 2007 for bankrolling a  dog-fighting ring after police raided his country property in  Virginia.

His fall from grace cost him an estimated $100 million in  lost salary and endorsements and his old club, the Atlanta  Falcons, relinquished their rights to his contract after he was  released from prison in May.Vick, who was sentenced to 23 months in prison, played his  first NFL game on Sept. 27 for the Philadelphia Eagles since  getting out of jail and being reinstated to the NFL.

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