Vick’s Endorsement of Auction Website Sparks Outrage

Vick continues to receive public criticism over five years since serving a 19-month stint in federal prison for running a dog fighting operation

By David Chang and Dan Stamm
|  Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014  |  Updated 10:44 PM EDT
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Vick’s Endorsement of Auction Website Sparks Outrage

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An online auction website apologetically cut ties with Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick after his tweet of the site sparked outrage among some people.

On Monday, Vick posted a tweet on his Twitter account endorsing QuiBids, a popular auction website.

Anyone use QuiBids? Just saw a brand new iPad end for $24…tweet at me what you win for a RT!! Start bidding here: http://t.co/Up9wqslHTN

The Tweet drew anger from numerous QuiBids users who were against the website working with Vick due to the Eagles quarterback's conviction for running a dogfighting ring several years ago. After receiving feedback on their Facebook page, officials with Quibids responded:

We would like to sincerely apologize for the endorsements posted on Michael Vick's Facebook and Twitter accounts yesterday.

As most employees here at QuiBids are dog owners, we want you to know we would never, ever condone animal abuse, and we're sorry that our recent actions did not reflect our values.

Please know that we've had Michael delete his post and have stopped all future campaigns with him. Additionally, we'll be making a contribution to the ASPCA to help the fight against animal cruelty.

We very much care about you and what you think and will take measures to ensure this doesn't happen again.

Blake Brown, the social media manager for QuiBids also contacted NBC10 and wrote the following:

We believe everyone deserves a second chance, but our customers were clearly dissatisfied with the choice to be sponsored by Vick, so we pulled the endorsement.  Our customers will always be number one for us.

Vick's spokesman Chris Shigas reached out to NBC10 on Wednesday and responded to the company's message.

"Mike Vick has never had an endorsement contract with QuiBids," Shigas wrote. "The company paid a third party to get Vick to post its sponsored message to his millions of Twitter and Facebook fans. It is unfortunate and unprofessional for QuiBids to "cancel" an agreement that never existed with Vick."

Vick continues to receive public criticism over five years since serving a 19-month stint in federal prison for running a dog fighting operation. Since joining the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009, Vick has partnered with the Humane Society and has given numerous public speeches -- especially at schools -- condemning animal abuse.

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