A 'rehabbed' Vick wins new Nike contract, calls for a boycott follow

No sooner had Nike re-signed convicted animal-abuser Michael Vick then animal rights protestors started firing up the social media circuits calling for a boycott of the athletic gear maker.

Here's the latest from the Inquirer's Eagles blog Bird's Eye View:

The Michael Vick comeback story has come full circle.

Nearly four years after he was dumped by Nike the Eagles quarterback was re-signed by the athletic gear company, according to CNBC.

"Michael acknowledges his past mistakes," said Nike spokesman Derek Kent, per the report. "We do not condone those actions, but we support the positive changes he has made to better himself off the field."

Vick's agent, Joel Segal, confirmed the signing to CNBC. Vick did not immediately respond to a text message seeking comment.

Nike dropped Vick in August 2007 just months after he was charged with operating and participating in a dogfighting ring. Nike, at the time, called his acts "inhumane, abhorrent and unacceptable."

When he returned to the NFL after serving an 18-month term in a federal prison, Vick received free products from Nike but was not under contract with the company.

Vick's return to product endorsing has been a slow one, but after a stellar 2010 season -- in which he was named the league's Comeback Player of the Year -- he signed with a few small companies. Unequal Technologies, which makes Vick's protective gear, inked him to a t wo-year deal in January. And two months later Core Synergy, the maker of titanium wristbands, also signed Vick to a deal.

Vick originally signed with Nike before his rookie season in 2001. His shoes were some of the company's biggest sellers. However, as his involvement with a Virginia Beach dogfighting operation became known, Nike and all of Vick's other endorsements eventually dropped the quarterback.