Nike Inc. said Thursday that it is suspending the release of the latest product line named after Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who has been indicted on federal charges of sponsoring dogfighting.

The active company's decision to delay the Zoom Vick V athletic shoe came two days after the 27-year-old football star and three codefendants were indicted on charges of organizing a dogfighting ring in which the animals were often executed by hanging or electrocution. If convicted, Vick faces as much as six years in prison and fines of $350,000. He has been under contract with Nike since 2001.

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