Rawlings cuts Vick

Atlanta
(Associated Press) Rawlings Sports
Goods Company said Tuesday that it was ending its relationship with Michael
Vick because of the federal dogfighting conspiracy allegations against the
Atlanta Falcons quarterback.

“Rawlings
recognizes that Mr. Vick has not been convicted of the charges stemming from
his recent indictment,” the

St.
Louis company said. “However, we have determined
that ending our relationship with Mr. Vick at this time is necessary.”

The action
by Rawlings, which used Vick’s image in point-of-sale promotions in stores, is
the latest commercial setback for the NFL star. Last week, Nike suspended a
lucrative contract with Vick and Reebok stopped sales of his No. 7 jersey.
Upper Deck removed all Vick autographed memorabilia from its online store and
said it was removing Vick trading cards from NFL sets to be released in
October.

“Rawlings
is disappointed about the charges brought against Mr. Vick for his alleged
participation in a dogfighting operation,” the company said in a
statement. “Dogfighting is illegal and entirely unacceptable to Rawlings.”