Fuse Science Announces Michael Vick As Partner, Spokesperson; Is It Too Early? UPDATED

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​Editor's Note: We originally reported Michael Vick was hired by Fuze, the beverage company. In actuality, Vick was hired by Fuse Science energy and nutrition. We regret the error.

Michael Vick is now an equity partner in Double Eagle Holdings, which owns the Fuze beverage company Fuse Science energy and nutrition. The company released a press release Wednesday announcing that Vick, "one of the most dynamic athletes in the National Football League," is its new spokesperson.

Is it just me or is this just too soon? I mean the guy was just released from prison in 2009 for taking part in a vicious and cruel dogfighting ring, which he financed, in his own home. This "all-star" was responsible for the severe mistreatment of dogs -- and by severe I mean torture and death. Does that sound like the kind of person you'd want as a spokesperson?

Apparently, the food and nutrition industries think Vick is exactly the kind of personality to represent them. The year Vick returned to the NFL, Subway named him the "Subway Sportsman of the Year."

I know he went to jail and I know he served his time, but with the taint of torture so fresh in our minds, it is a boner move to make Vick a spokesperson for anything, except maybe an anger management clinic.

Because the truth is, that no matter how talented he is and no matter how much money he makes, he is (was?) a scumbag. Only someone without scruples would intentionally inflict pain and snuff the life out of another living creature without reason. And by 'reason' I don't mean intent, explanation, or excuse, but rather rational purpose

But, Michael Vick isn't rational. The evidence of his irrationality lies in the fact that he financed a dog fighting ring when he had a $130 million NFL contract and had tens of thousands of fans and admirers. And it is further proven by the fact that he won't sit down and shut up until we can forget what he did.

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alicemichel23
alicemichel23

Looking for samples? I received the sample quickly. Thanks to "123 Samples" for the samples. I can't wait to get another in the mail!

WuChi7
WuChi7

"Subway named him the 'Subway Sportsman of the Year.'"You really should consider doing some research before you speak - it's hallmark of good journalism. Black Entertainment Television (BET) named Vick "Sportsman of the Year," an award sponsored by Subway.

Grammar
Grammar

Fuse? Did you mean Fuze? 

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

He was named the Subway Sportsman of the Year at the BET Awards. The award is named "Subway Sportsman of the Year." 

Dog Lover
Dog Lover

Editor calls it Fuse Science in the beginning of article, not Fuze, so reporter called it right.But spelling here is trivial compared to the article's point: A company is hiring a convicted dog torturer, to represent them when there are so many professional athletes out there who could be a spokesperson a million times better. I personally don't think anyone who let dogs suffer like that for his sheer pleasure, can be totally rehabilitated. Vick had a humongous money contract, but yet chose the "evil" route by torturing those dogs so viciously. This is such a mockery of justice. He should have been sentenced to 10 years working voluntarily in an animal shelter at least once a week, after his sentence in jail was completed.  Like the reporter says, he did do his time, but that shouldn't give him carte blanche to do as he pleases. He's already been lucky in playing pro football again for the NFL. It'd be good if he could stop being so greedy. Is Vick who we want as a role model for our children? As a football fan, I'd rather have a Tebow, a Marino, a Montana, just to name a few, as a spokesperson for any company(unless it's for  adult products) doing business in our country. 

Jose D. Duran
Jose D. Duran

Not really a "grammar" mistake, just a stupid spelling error. But thanks for the catch.

WuChi7
WuChi7

In doing my own research, I come to find there's inconsistency at BET regarding the name of their own award. At the BET website (http://www.bet.com/shows/bet-a... the award is simply called "Sportsman of the Year." At the BET Awards site (http://betawards.bet.com/nomin..., it is referred to with the sponsor's ID prepended to the name.

That being said, your implication that Subway awarded the honor to Michael Vick is still factually incorrect. While Subway is certainly complicit through their sponsorship of the award, they had nothing to do with determining the winner.who is selected by a committee at Black Entertainment Television.

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

@DogLover I agree. People who are chosen as corporate spokespersons should at least represent some sort of decency and integrity, instead of being people convicted of heinous crimes. The fact is that someone who does that kind of stuff, has a screw loose and there is no tightening it.

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

Regardless of the nuances of a corporate sponsored award, at the very least it is as you stated, "Subway is certainly complicit through their sponsorship..." 

But, there's more.If Subway gave BET cash money, you can bet your Sunday hat that the company had some say as to who the recipient would be. And even if it did not directly choose Vick as the recipient of the award, Subway would certainly have the right to retract its sponsorship of the award were it not happy with the choice of recipient. If not, they could also release a statement to that effect, which they apparently have not done. My statement (not implication) that Subway named Vick its Sportsman of the Year is correct. He was the Subway Sportsman of the Year in 2011. Period. Your statement, "they [Subway] had nothing to do with determining the winner.who is selected by a committee at Black Entertainment Television," is not based on fact, unless you spoke to representatives from both BET and Subway and verified your assumption. You have no idea who chose Vick and to what degree Subway was or was not involved in the decision-making process. And as I already stated, he was named the SUBWAY Sportsman of the Year. A company is responsible for anything it allows its name to be attached to. 

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