So I called the NFL and asked them why they had made this decision. "We have suspended sales of Vick-related merchandise on our official league e-commerce site, NFLShop.com," said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy. "This includes Vick jerseys and collectible items such as autographed balls and other memorabilia." McCarthy said the decision was made because it was "not appropriate under the circumstances." The suspension will take place for the immediate future.
I'm surprised the league moved so fast on this. Judging from yesterday's court appearance--in which Vick pleaded not guilty--the Atlanta Falcons quarterback apparently still has fans.
UPDATE: This is not just an NFLShop thing. We just got a news release from Reebok, the league's jersey supplier. They're saying that they are not even distributing Vick jerseys at retail. This is the statement:
"Although Reebok does not have an individual endorsement or marketing relationship with Michael Vick, we are the official supplier of apparel and equipment to all 32 NFL teams and the league’s 1,800 active players. While we respect the legal process we find the allegations against Mr. Vick too disturbing to ignore, therefore, we have decided to immediately suspend selling Vick NFL product, both at retail and on-line through the Reebok website. In addition, Reebok has honored retail cancellations of Vick NFL jerseys."
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