By  on July 30, 2007

The day after Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick pleaded not guilty to federal dogfighting charges, Nike and Reebok decided to pull merchandise associated with Vick off shelves.

Nike said Friday it will no longer sell the four styles of footwear and three styles of graphic T-shirts sold under Vick's name — a more firm move than the company's decision over a week ago to postpone the release of his fifth-generation sneaker Zoom Vick V, while it kept his other products in stores.

Nike also suspended Vick's contract without pay Friday.

"As we've said before, Nike is concerned by the serious and highly disturbing allegations made against Michael Vick and we consider any cruelty to animals inhumane and abhorrent," Nike said in a statement Friday. "However, we do believe that Michael Vick should be afforded the same due process as any citizen in the United States; therefore, we have not terminated our relationship."

Meanwhile, Reebok, the NFL's official uniform supplier, is halting sales of Vick's No. 7 Falcons replica jersey at retail stores and through its Web site. Reebok, which unlike Nike does not have a sponsorship deal with Vick, also said it will take back any unsold Vick jerseys from retail outlets.

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