Nike sued by Odell Beckham Jr, who claims sneaker company tricked him out of ‘millions’



FL free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is suing Nike, claiming that the sneaker company tricked him out of more than $20 million, according to TMZ Sports.  Beckham, 30, claims that he considered signing with Adidas in 2017 when his Nike deal expired.

He states that Nike agreed to match the Adidas deal, but that the fine print was different, making it nearly impossible for OBJ to get a valuable contract extension in the future.  Beckam claims his relationship with Nike became complicated when the company withheld over $2 million of his $2.6 million payment without notice in March 2022.

Nike reportedly withheld the money because OBJ violated equipment regulations by altering his cleats and gloves towards the end of last season.  Beckham says the company had never had any issues with him doing that before and that he was forced to do so because Nike didn’t provide him with cleats that matched the colors of the Los Angeles Rams.

Odell Beckham Jr. releases statement on Nike lawsuit

OBJ released a statement Monday explaining why he is suing Nike.  “Being a Nike Athlete and Brand Icon was a dream I’ve had since being a young boy. I wanted to be the next Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, LeBron James or Kobe Bryant in the Nike Family,” Beckham wrote. “When Nike exercised its right of first refusal to match the Adidas offer and not only kept me as a Nike Athlete, but also made me one of their Brand Icons – my dream had been fulfilled.

“Unfortunately, Nike did not honor its commitments. Throughout our partnership, I have kept my promise and fulfilled my obligations to the brand. I am extremely disappointed that I’ve had to take these measures to ensure Nike fulfills their obligations and promises.”

The lawsuit, filed by Beckham’s attorney, Daniel Davillier, states that the NFL star wants to collect $20 million.  “Today, I’m taking a stand not just for me, but to set a precedent for all athletes who have dedicated their life to the sport they love – especially those who don’t have the means to stand up for themselves. We are held responsible for fulfilling our obligations under our contracts, but we also have to hold powerful companies like Nike accountable for honoring their commitments too,” Beckham said. “I look forward to resolving this issue and hope we can start a real conversation about protecting athletes and their rights. This happens too often in the sports industry and it’s time for change.  “As this is now a legal matter, please refer any questions to my attorney, Daniel Davillier.”


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