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Rawlings drops Vick as sponsor

ATLANTA -- Michael Vick lost another sponsor -- Rawlings.

The sporting goods company said Tuesday it was ending its
relationship with the Atlanta Falcons quarterback because of
dogfighting conspiracy charges.

"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."

Rawlings used Vick's image in promotional displays in stores,
and its decision 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. "Dogfighting is illegal and entirely
unacceptable to Rawlings."