Retailer pulls Michael Vick jerseys in Ga. stores

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A retail chain quickly pulled replicas of Michael Vick's jersey from its Georgia stores after getting complaints from animal rights groups.

Florida-based Bealls Outlet Stores apologized in an e-mail to a Georgia Humane Society leader and said the jerseys were stocked by mistake.

Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, is serving a 23-month federal prison sentence in Leavenworth, Kan., after pleading guilty last year to participating in a dogfighting ring. He pleaded guilty last month to a state charge of promoting dogfighting at a home and kennel he owned in Virginia, where underperforming fighting dogs were killed.

Hannah Tostensen, director of the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia, and Lisa Norton, president of Citizens for Humane Animal Treatment in Brunswick, complained to Bealls' corporate office in Bradenton, Fla., earlier this month after finding replicas of Vick's No. 7 jersey being sold at stores in Darien and Waycross in southeast Georgia.

"It is unfathomable to me that any reputable store would market an item that symbolizes the heinous crime of dogfighting," Tostensen wrote in an e-mail to Bealls.

Norton, who found the Vick jerseys at a Bealls store in Waycross, said the retailer acted quickly and responsibly by pulling the jerseys from its stores.

Bealls, which has stores in 29 Georgia cities, apologized by e-mail to Tostensen, The Brunswick News reported Monday.

"We are very sorry that some of our stores were carrying Michael Vick jerseys," Bealls spokeswoman Barbara Tucker wrote. "As a company, we do not support Michael Vick in any way."

Tucker said the retailer had ordered an assortment of Atlanta Falcons jerseys with "specific instructions" to the vendor not to ship any Vick jerseys. She said the vendor shipped the Vick jerseys anyway and stores displayed them by mistake.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/16/08 - 05:48 am
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Well, there are a lot of dogs

Well, there are a lot of dogs that will sleep better tonight. Thank you Dogs R Us for protecting the world from those mean jerseys. Dogs all over Georgia could have been traumatized and children could have been led to lives of dog torture. Our world is a better place because of your timely defensive protest.

thereishope
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thereishope 12/16/08 - 08:40 am
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So right~

So right~

augusta9696
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augusta9696 12/16/08 - 04:51 pm
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I think the animal rights

I think the animal rights people are picking on this guy because he is black. Iam a animal lover and i hate that he was apart of that mess. Do anyone remember what happened in Akien county, when a judge,policemen,doctors, lawyers etc; were in the same mess? Where were these leather shoe wearers then. And what about the exicutioner at these animal shelter in cc and rc? Get a life and spade your pets,Vick got his punishment, now let him be.

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 12/16/08 - 05:48 pm
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Vick is a thug and does not

Vick is a thug and does not have a right to have his number on a Falcon's jersey anymore, reguardless of who caught it. That is part of his punishment. I am sure most Falcon fans and animal right people will be glad to move on and forget Vick.

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