Exploiting the Bejesus out of Mike Vick

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Everybody wants to suckle on the teat of Mike Vick. Including those who don't even know him- shocking, I know.

John Gonzalez has a tremendous piece in today's Inquirer, which talks about the latest attempt to use Vick's name for profitable gain.

The feminine itch relief product sounding SEVAA (which we told you about yesterday) is using Vick- and comparing him to Jesus- to promote an event they are having on March 26th. The event will help SEVAA get out of $33k worth of debt.

Gonzo called Michael Muhammad, Chairman of SEVAA, to ask if Vick planned to attend. Muhammad confirmed. Vick's people, however, denied that claim:

Vick's PR handler said that Vick was "aware of the organization's intention to honor him" but that the SEVAA event "isn't on his calendar at this time, and he has not confirmed with the organization whether he will attend."

The Eagles said the same thing.

Vick has been associated with all sorts of institutions and events since being propped up as the Eagles' chief agent for social change. Some of those organizations are legitimate; others have shamelessly attempted to exploit and profit from Vick's name. You can decide for yourself which category the SEVAA falls into, though I'm betting on the latter.

 

Good bet.

As Gonzo pointed out, this wouldn't be the first time Vick has been exploited. His party last summer in Virginia and the Mayor Pro Tem of Dallas giving him a key to the city are but just two examples of Vick, who scores fairly well with brothas, being used to promote events. Even ones that he doesn't plan to attend.

Last month, I called the Ellis Dean, promoter for Vick's second scheduled Super Bowl Party, which was to take place at Mr. Bigs in Dallas. Dean said the party's logistics were run by both the Eagles and the NFL. Later that day, when Jeff McLane of the Inquirer reported that Vick had no plans to attend the party, I called Dean back and asked him if Vick was really scheduled to attend. He stated, rather clearly, that Vick was supposed to be there. Someone was lying, and I'm beginning to think it wasn't Vick.

Apparently, you can suckle from afar.

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6 Comments

  • Chris March 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

    i think the real news here is that john gonzalez wrote a “tremendous piece.” i didn’t know he was capable of such a thing.

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  • ThePhillyFlash March 3, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Aww, stop hatin’ on Gonzo! I enjoy his work!
    Amazing what a little limelight will do for a fellow. Vick was radioactive as Chernobyl in the PR department even after the Eagles took a chance on him. He was very much persona non grata until he became the starter and returned the nebulous realm of being an NFL celebrity. If Kevin Kolb had put a stranglehold on the starter’s job while Vick remained the second string and full time Andy gadget, he’d still be avoided like the plague.

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  • Ryan March 3, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Gonzo is an ass hole, I know he wrote no such thing

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  • Chris March 4, 2011 at 9:29 am

    The only thing worse than a Gonzo newspaper column is a Gonzo radio show. As if “you talkin to me?” wasn’t a complete abortion in newspaper print, that awful show with vai sikahema on 97.5 was an even worse abortion on fm airwaves.

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  • LORRIE STEVENS March 13, 2011 at 10:08 am

    VICK IS THE CONSUMMATE POS. NO NEED TO EXPLOIT SH*T WHEN YOU CAN GET IT OUT OF THE TOILET WITH MINIMAL EFFORT. NO MENTION OF THE CANCELLED OPRAH INTERVIEW……

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  • Paul Woolerton March 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    The bastard should still be in jail for his crimes. Not making millions.
    The whole thing stinks and shows the US sports scene for what it is, a corrupt, money driven, sycophantic pile of crap.

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