Odell Beckham Jr. Files $20 Million Lawsuit Against Nike. To sue Nike, Odell Beckham Jr. has filed a lawsuit. The wide receiver, a free agent, tweeted on Monday that he was suing the sportswear company for $20 million. In a tweet, Odell claimed that Nike had broken the terms of his sponsorship deal. Being a Nike Athlete and Brand Icon was a dream, he said to start.
I want to join the Nike Family as the next Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, LeBron James, or Kobe Bryant. Odell claims that despite realizing his aspirations, Nike failed to uphold their half of the bargain. “Nike didn’t keep its promises. I have maintained my word and performed my commitments to the brand during our cooperation. I’m really unhappy that I had to do this to make sure Nike kept their commitments and duties.
According to Odell, the company “willfully withheld millions of dollars and made up reasons not to pay him.” Beckham’s first contract with Nike reportedly ran out in 2017. Odell nearly went to Adidas as the contract was nearing to an end. Given the overwhelming desire for Beckham, Nike matched Adidas’ $47 million offer to retain him.
Odell claims that in March, he was owed a payout of around $2.6 million. Of that payment, Nike allegedly withheld more than $2 million. Odell resumed his declaration, pledging to hold Nike responsible. “I’m standing up not only for myself, but to set an example for other athletes who have given their lives to the sport they love,” the athlete declared. “Especially those who don’t have the resources to stand out for themselves,” Odell said in reference to sportsmen who lack the platform he does.
“I’m eager to find a solution to this problem. And I hope we can have a meaningful discussion about defending athletes’ rights. It’s time for reform since this occurs in the sports sector much too frequently. After suffering a left ACL injury late in the previous season, the former Browns standout is presently making a full recovery.