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Vick sued for allegedly violating endorsement deal

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Eagles quarterback Mike Vick gradually has rebuilt his portfolio of off-field business interests.  Though it isn’t, and surely never will be, as robust as it was before 2007, Vick has plenty of opportunities.

But not all are panning out.  According to Tim McManus of PhillyMag.com, Vick has been sued by J.O. Sports Company for $100,000.

The company claims that Vick failed to “provide game-worn equipment and didn’t attend private signings,” as required by the contract.  Vick contends that the deal was terminated in October 2011, after the owner of the company was indicted for fraud, including allegations that the company doctored jerseys to make them appear to be game-worn.

“My primary concern is for my fans,” Vick said, in a statement provided to McManus by Vick’s P.R. firm.  “If my fans want to buy game-used memorabilia, it is important that the merchandise is 100 percent authentic. . . .  I will not support a company that is accused of misleading fans.  It is an easy decision to make.”

Jarrod Oldridge has pleaded guilty to mail fraud, which gives Vick another reason to end the deal.  He’s still on probation, and thus he can’t associate with known felons.

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31 Responses to “Vick sued for allegedly violating endorsement deal”
  1. eagleswin says: May 30, 2012 1:59 PM

    Not to give the company a free pass but shouldn’t Vick have returned the $100,000 if he wasn’t going to follow through with his end?

    It’s one thing to terminate the contract on principles (doubtful) but you can not keep the money they advanced you for services you did not render.

  2. drewbreeswants says: May 30, 2012 2:00 PM

    Drew Brees wants an explanation

  3. morgan420 says: May 30, 2012 2:00 PM

    sounds shady, and looks like vick has good leverage on them though.

  4. christopher525 says: May 30, 2012 2:08 PM

    Rare instance here, I’m actually on Vick’s side. Very odd feeling.

  5. catquick says: May 30, 2012 2:12 PM

    Vick wins this

  6. tommyf15 says: May 30, 2012 2:12 PM

    You know how the NFLPA is being villified for suing the NFL for collusion, and people here are calling them crybabies over it?

    Or how Jonathan Vilma is a terrible person for suing Roger Goodell?

    Somehow I don’t think those charges will be leveled against J.O. Sports Company on this thread. It’ll be OK to sue a player, but not the other way around.

  7. skolvikesskol says: May 30, 2012 2:26 PM

    Is anybody looking out for this guy? Do any of these athletes have any ability to make good judgements regarding someone else’s character? Is there anybody who can sniff these guys out for them? They should know by now, when someone is a great salesman, who talks a good game, promises riches and kisses their bootys that they are up to no good!!!! They need to to start listening to the boring, nerdy, business minded guy, that can talk facts and figures, holds meetings in an office and not the bars and doesn’t have their lips locked on their posteriors.

  8. bdawk20 says: May 30, 2012 2:27 PM

    I am pretty sure Vick is the right here…

  9. eagleswin says: May 30, 2012 2:39 PM

    bdawk20 says:
    May 30, 2012 2:27 PM
    I am pretty sure Vick is the right here…

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    You do know that they paid Vick in advance and that all they want is the money they paid him (for services he did not render) back?

    They are not looking for punitive damages, they just want their money returned.

  10. irishnativeson says: May 30, 2012 2:49 PM

    The league has it’s own investigative arm, NFL security. If they are in fact there to protect “the integrity of the game” why aren’t they vetting business deals that involve NFL memorabilia?

  11. pftbillsfan says: May 30, 2012 3:06 PM

    what a joke this guy is. i dont care about his past, look at since hr hot out of prison. one shooting, 3 lawsuits, 5 skipped pre paid appearances, 1 mistakenly, and now another suing. Emulating???????

  12. oldschoolomen says: May 30, 2012 3:16 PM

    what a joke this comment is. i dont care about english, look at mn cold he posts. one missing apostrophe, 3 capitalization errors, 5 other grammatical errors, 1 completely butchered, and now a random word followed by punctuation. Baracuda!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. CKL says: May 30, 2012 3:23 PM

    eagleswin, I agree with you.
    Vick is right to sever his relationship with the company but just from the information in the article, it sounds like he should pay them back any amount, perhaps prorated, for the amount of time after he severed the agreement.

  14. tommyf15 says: May 30, 2012 3:25 PM

    irishnativeson says: The league has it’s own investigative arm, NFL security. If they are in fact there to protect “the integrity of the game” why aren’t they vetting business deals that involve NFL memorabilia?

    My guess is that they understand that players selling their own personal items does not harm “the integrity of the game” in any way, shape, or form.

  15. kingcarlbanks says: May 30, 2012 3:37 PM

    He should be sued for impersonating a Quarterback. Eagles 8-8, fat Andy gets tossed and back in the cellar for iggles fans. Go Big Blue!

  16. OchentaYcinco says: May 30, 2012 3:50 PM

    It’s been a while since I sat through first-year contracts, so maybe Florio or one of the other attorneys floating around here could straighten me out, but I’m not sure that Oldridge is entitled to any sort of reimbursement here. It’s a perfectly reasonable position for Vick to take that Oldridge, by virtue of his criminal acts related to this business, forfeits any right to or expectation of performance by Vick. If I’m Vick’s counsel, I’m definitely arguing that requiring Vick to fulfill his portion of the contract would essentially require him to act in concert with Oldridge’s crimes, and of course no contract can compel the commission of a crime. It’s case of “idiot beware” if your business model depends on you not getting caught.

  17. rcali says: May 30, 2012 4:02 PM

    I still don’t understand companies that want felons to endorse their stuff.

  18. packerfanfordecades says: May 30, 2012 4:03 PM

    The subject rests entirely on the details written in xteen pages of legal agreement.

    I’m going to guess that Mike Vick is just following the advice of a competent attorney who probably knows the terms of the agreement backwards and forwards.

    Who keeps the $100K is explained in that agreement. A piece of that $100K is going to be needed by Mike to pay his attorney to defend against what could well be a meritless lawsuit.
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  19. jam11163 says: May 30, 2012 4:09 PM

    first of all. i agree with vick. 2nd. where in this story does it say vick recieved a dime in advance. maby thier sueing for money they thought they would make on the items. i dont see mike giveing them a dime back.

  20. o0omorriso0o says: May 30, 2012 5:27 PM

    kingcarlbanks says: May 30, 2012 3:37 PM

    He should be sued for impersonating a Quarterback. Eagles 8-8, fat Andy gets tossed and back in the cellar for iggles fans. Go Big Blue!

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    So your only going off last year? Vick took the Eagles to a 10-6 record and a division championship the year before as a quarterback. And tbh New York (either team) is yet to beat Vick when he starts and finishes a game so I wouldn’t be talking bad on Vick till you prove you can beat him.

  21. choice1329 says: May 30, 2012 7:04 PM

    pftbillsfan says:
    May 30, 2012 3:06 PM
    what a joke this guy is. i dont care about his past, look at since hr hot out of prison. one shooting, 3 lawsuits, 5 skipped pre paid appearances, 1 mistakenly, and now another suing. Emulating??????

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    Thw real joke is mf’s like you who follow him around on the internet making stupid comments, without knowing what the hell they are talking about. I’m sure you don’t care about his past, your real concern is the future and the million dollar contracts.

  22. choice1329 says: May 30, 2012 7:07 PM

    rcali says:
    May 30, 2012 4:02 PM
    I still don’t understand companies that want felons to endorse their stuff

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    Its not hard to understand they make money, and a lots of it, now do you understand.

  23. choice1329 says: May 30, 2012 7:10 PM

    eagleswin says:
    May 30, 2012 2:39 PM
    bdawk20 says:
    May 30, 2012 2:27 PM
    I am pretty sure Vick is the right here…

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    You do know that they paid Vick in advance and that all they want is the money they paid him (for services he did not render) back?

    They are not looking for punitive damages, they just want their money returned
    ______________________________________________________________________

    So I guess assuming from your comment, you sat in on contract negotiations, otherwise how do you know they paid Vick in advance, or how the contract was constructed.

  24. choice1329 says: May 30, 2012 7:16 PM

    Jarrod Oldridge has pleaded guilty to mail fraud, which gives Vick another reason to end the deal. He’s still on probation, and thus he can’t associate with known felons.

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    Do some research before you write articles he’s not on probation anymore.

  25. choice1329 says: May 30, 2012 7:21 PM

    I just wonder how some of you fools would feel had you actually purchased some of the fraudulent merchandise, more than likely you would have blamed that on Vick as well.

  26. tigrrrr says: May 30, 2012 10:26 PM

    vick is such a loser… cant wait till he is tossed

  27. ajpurp says: May 31, 2012 12:41 AM

    It depends on the contact but no matter what there needs to be consideration given, which from the facts here, it appears Vick did not fulfill his end. Therefore, yes you are right he absolutely has good cause to sever terminate the contract, that however, under standard contract law, does not mean he gets to keep the consideration given in return for nothing. That would be ridiculous and simply is not the law, unless the contract was constructed in a way not in conformity with standard contract language and Vick was given, by use of different language, something along the lines of consideration on return for signing with the company or a retainer instead of an advance on future performance on the contract. If it is the latter, Vick will certainly not win, and there is no justifiable argument he can make if this type of standard contract was used.

  28. kappy32 says: May 31, 2012 4:18 AM

    Ron Mexico is starting to come out again. This guy was always a scumbag & that media blitz he did, saying he was a new person, was nothing more than a charade. A charade just like him ever being a top NFL QB.

  29. dcbassguy says: May 31, 2012 12:22 PM

    If Vick was advanced the money, and has “legal cause” to not fulfill the contract, he’ll be able to keep the money. I’m gonna guess that not many of you guys have ever read a contract, or understand how they work.

  30. choice1329 says: May 31, 2012 8:06 PM

    tigrrrr says:
    May 30, 2012 10:26 PM
    vick is such a loser… cant wait till he is tossed

    No tgrrr, you are the loser, you make sure you are on top of every article that is written about Michael Vick. Not only are you the loser, you are also the poor loser, which is the reason for your dislike of Vick, your comments says it all. You fool no one, not to mention no one cares what you think or how you feel, by now you should know that. Find a job loser, being mad at Vick is not going to make your life any better, and it certainly not going to affect his.

  31. bigbwoy000 says: Jul 11, 2012 1:58 PM

    choice1329 says:
    May 31, 2012 8:06 PM
    tigrrrr says:
    May 30, 2012 10:26 PM
    vick is such a loser… cant wait till he is tossed
    No tgrrr, you are the loser, you make sure you are on top of every article that is written about Michael Vick
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    This from a guy that is on EVERY SITE on the internet where there is a Vick article giving people with a difference of opinion a hard time or calling them names.

    With the way you support Vick on any & every site you can find, you either have to be a close personal friend, family or a creepy man crushed stalker.

    What’s funny & even more creepy is how sticking up for Vick anywhere & everywhere on the internet apparently makes YOUR life better.

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