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Dick’s holding off on selling Vick jerseys

vickjersey2-300x300You won’t find Michael Vick’s Philadelphia Eagles jersey at Dick’s Sporting Goods — at least not yet.

A spokesman for Dick’s Sporting Goods said  the chain will not stock Michael Vick’s Eagles jersey until they “evaluate the reaction of Eagles fans,” according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The jerseys, which sell for $79.99 and up were placed on the website of the NFLShop, the league’s merchandizing arm, the same day Vick’s signing was announced.

Dick’s, while showing some backbone, hasn’t stocked them yet, but will likely cave in if they see demand is strong, the spokesman indicated.

“Right now we don’t know how much of a demand there is for [the jersey],” Dick’s chief marketing officer, Jeff Hennion, said in a prepared statement. “If there is a demand for it, we’ll sell it.”

Mitchell Modell, owner and CEO of Modell’s Sporting Goods, said he had reservations about selling Vick jerseys — but apparently he didn’t have much trouble overcoming them once he saw a “pretty high demand” for No. 7′s replica sports apparel – especially at his Philadelphia-area stores.

“We weren’t planning on selling it until the customers started coming into the stores demanding it,” Modell said. “As long as the customers are coming in, we’ll sell it. We’re in the business to serve our customers.”

Vick, the former star quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, signed with the Eagles last week, three months after completing his 18-month federal prison sentence for dogfighting. The signing has triggered debate and led to a call for boycotts.

The day after Vick’s arrest on dogfighting charges in July 2007, the NFLShop.com removed Vick’s Falcons jerseys and other collectibles from its website. Reebok, the manufacturer of Vick-emblazoned apparel, suspended sales soon after.

Comments

Comment from nancy
Time August 20, 2009 at 8:48 am

Money from sale of the shirts should go to shelters,
prevention af abuse!

Comment from Oh Really
Time August 20, 2009 at 1:43 pm

This is a slippery slope Dick’s Sporting Goods has embarked upon. I am sure there are a handful of its overseas suppliers or parts of its supply chain that have human rights violations and issues that are more systemic than the few DOGs Vick may have abused and/or killed. And we are talking about HUMANS not DOGs.

So don’t stop with Vick. Now lets deal with them while we are “cleaning” up the store.

Self-righteousness is a dangerous thing…

Pingback from Dick’s to Vick: We say ‘nix’ to your jersey, sort of | Mark Bradley
Time August 20, 2009 at 3:00 pm

[...] Sam Wood of the Philadelphia Inquirer comes this predictable news: Dick’s Sporting Goods will not stock Michael Vick’s new No. 7 Eagles jersey until the chain, according to a spokesman, “evaluate(s) the reaction of Eagles [...]

Comment from jill
Time August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Anyone that would wear a Michael Vick shirt is someone to avoid…with the same lack of ethics as Vick and Goodell….shame on the NFL. I live in Philly and am ashamed that vile piece of human garbage is on the team.

Comment from dicksrep
Time September 4, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Thank you to all our customers for calling in supporting us for not selling the Michael Vick Jerseys. Although we do appreciate hearing from you it would be better if you sent us an email through the contact us section of the dickssportinggoods.com website. The emails will get to our corporate headquarters much faster and will help keep phone lines open. Thank you again for your support.

Comment from angela M.
Time September 7, 2009 at 10:07 am

Way to Go Dicks!!!! AT least someone has the BALLS to stand up for those that have no voice…. our animals….

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