Last night I read that Nike has resigned Michael Vick to an endorsement deal. Immediately when I heard this I got enraged and have decided to boycott Nike.
I believe that the guy did his time and deserves a second chance so playing in the NFL is fine. But getting an endorsement deal is just one step too far in my book. You see while I think what he did with the whole dog-killing thing is morally wrong and disgusting it isn’t the reason I want to boycott Nike. (Really when anything called a “rape stand” comes into play that is a pretty bad sign.) Personally I am pissed because he is a guy that plays seven plays a game and is nothing more than a decoy and a backup quarterback. Why is mediocrity getting rewarded?
If he became a superstar again I wouldn’t give a shit, more power to him. But he isn’t and frankly he isn’t going to be. (I have a more accurate completion percentage than Vick.) Basically he is getting an endorsement deal because he is getting a lot of press and is controversial. If being controversial and being an active or former athlete is the basis for an endorsement deal what athlete is next?
Charles Barkley- Sir Charles arrested for driving drunk and when he was pulled over said he was headed around the corner to get a blowjob. Maybe Nike should sign him… wait he is already under contract. (But that is totally awesome and he should be celebrated. So I guess we can cross him off the list.)
Kenny Powers- Racist, steroid user, drug abuser, and responsible for knocking Reg Mackworthy’s eye out of his head, Powers is still less reprehensible than Michael Vick.
Leonard Little- Killed a lady while driving drunk with a .19 BAC, he still plays for the Rams and received a whopping 90 days in jail. Nike could do a special line of shoes for him and Donte Stallworth with a Breathalyzer built right into the heel.
That Dude at the Beginning of The Last Boy Scout- The wide receiver at the beginning of the movie that took a gun out of his pants and started shooting other players… Oh I forgot he shot himself…. Forget it.
On a side note, I was going to off myself in front of a stadium of 75,000 people I would have come up with a better line than, “Ain’t Life a Bitch.”
I know you can all sense my extreme outrage and perhaps I should have felt like this earlier. Sure there are plenty of other reasons to boycott Nike. But frankly I have been a Nike guy for a long time so I just ignore those.
This was my reaction in the past.
Friend: Hey Bobby, you know a seven year old in a cage that gets one meal a day and make .13 an hour made those shoes?
Me: Well tell him he did a good job if you ever meet him.
This is my reaction now.
Friend: Hey did you hear Nike signed Mike Vick to an endorsement deal?
Me: That is fucking outrageous, insulting, horrible for humanity, and just makes me feel dirty every time I put a pair of shoes on. I am so boycotting them.
So uh… who is jumping on this train?