Nike today bowed to PETA pressures and hit the delete button on Micheal Vick. The company announced that Vick was suspended from its “endorsers” list (without pay) and that it would pull his No. 7 jersey from stores. This is the same company that stood by Kobe Bryant when he was charged with rape. RAPE.
A day later, Upper Deck, the trading card and momento giant, announced it would no longer sell any autographed MV memorabilia on its online store and that it would pull Vick’s card from sets that were scheduled to be released soon.
Look, the charges against Vick are heinous. If found guilty – and the feds reportedly have a 95 percent conviction rate – he deserves to be punished to the full extent of the law. He should be haunted by the ghosts of each dog killed at his kennel of horrors. But I’m growing aghast at our total disregard for one of the most prominent tenets of our society: innocent until proven guilty.
Vick should like face some suspension until his Nov. 26 trial. But are we all just piling on a bit too early?