Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is urging sponsors of American football player MICHAEL VICK to stop supporting the sports star after he was arrested for operating an illegal dog-fighting operation. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Vick was indicted by a federal grand jury for "conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in animal fighting venture" on 17 July (07). Since Vick's controversy, Nike has announced it is dropping plans to release a special Nike Air Zoom Vick V football shoe. Animal-loving Simmons has teamed up with civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton and People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) President Ingrid E. Newkirk to write a letter to Vick's sponsors. The letter reads, "The recent media spotlight on dog-fighting reminds us of society's callous disregard for the suffering of animals and disrespect for sentient beings. "We hope that Mr. Vick is not a product of this insensitivity that runs through our society. It does us little good to prosecute just those who are famous and allow people across the country to continue to commit these hideous crimes."