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Should we buy Michael Vick’s (clothing) line?

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Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick has announced a clothing line, called V7. But some people are calling “foul” due to his history of legal troubles involving dog fights. Others say “safe.”

Those on the anti-Vick team have become so angry a petition on change.org is calling for customers and businesses to “pull your stock of Michael Vick inventory (because) Michael Vick admitted he hung, beat, and killed (dogs) for not meeting his expectations to fight.” The entire petition can be found HERE.

Vick spent 18 months in a federal prison after being convicted of bankrolling a dog fighting ring. He paid fines and restitution. The stint did not affect his career, it appears, as he is currently one of the highest paid players in the NFL. He has also made public announcements, speaking out against animal cruelty. Anti-Vick teams say this is not harsh enough treatment for a person who not only ran a dog fighting ring, but tortured the animals involved.

According to the USDA Office of Inspector General’s report, Vick and accomplices killed dogs by drowning, electrocution, slamming them to the ground, and hanging. One of the accomplices suggested a dog be saved, but Vick said the dog “got to go” meaning killed because it was not a good fighter. Live rabbits, chickens, and family pets were used to “bait” the dogs to fight. Many of the dogs were rehabilitated and are now in new homes. To learn about these dogs, click HERE.

Vick is now reporting he has learned his lesson, and he is married with a child and working towards a career with positive people around him. Pro-Vick folks such as Eagles fans, and Vick supporters, will be happy to purchase the sporting goods clothing. After all, it is said, everyone makes mistakes. No one can change the past. Vick is trying to make up for what he did. And still others argue, time to let it go and move forward.

One of the items in V7 is a T-shirt that reads “It’s not how you start. It’s how you finish.” Another features Vick’s face, helmet perched on his head, that reads “Redemption.” Are these personal requests from Vick himself, or are they logos made to sell sports clothing?

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