Nike dragged to court in $20 million lawsuit

Odell Beckham Jr., a free agent wide receiver in the NFL, is suing Nike, claiming that they defrauded him of more than $20 million, according to TMZ Sports.

Beckham, 30, alleges that when his Nike contract expired in 2017, he briefly pondered signing with Adidas.

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He claims that although Nike and Adidas had agreed to match each other’s contracts, the details were different, making it practically impossible for Beckham to obtain a beneficial contract extension in the future.

In March 2022, Nike allegedly withheld more than $2 million of Beckam’s $2.6 million payment without giving him prior notice, complicating his relationship with the corporation, according to Beckam.

According to reports, Nike withheld the money because OBJ broke equipment rules by changing his cleats and gloves near the end of the previous season.

Beckham claims that the business had never objected to his doing it previously and that he was compelled to do it because Nike failed to give him cleats that matched the Los Angeles Rams’ colors.

In a statement Monday, OBJ stated his justifications for suing Nike.

It has always been a dream of mine to be a Nike Athlete and Brand Icon. In the Nike Family, I wanted to be the following Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, LeBron James, or Kobe Bryant,” Beckham stated.

“My goal had come true when Nike used its right of first refusal to match the Adidas offer, keeping me as a Nike Athlete while also making me one of their Brand Icons.

“Unfortunately, Nike failed to keep its promises. I have maintained my word and performed my commitments to the brand during our cooperation. I’m really disappointed that I had to do this to make sure Nike kept their promises and obligations.

Beckham’s lawyer, Daniel Davillier, filed the complaint, claiming that his client wants to be compensated $20 million.

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