It was not a good day for David Ortiz. Slapped with a lawsuit over his failure to deliver a boatload of autographs for Steiner Sports, the bad kharma filtered over to the playing field where he injured a shoulder.
Some time ago, David Ortiz signed what was apparently a multi-million dollar deal to sign autographs for Steiner Sports out of New Rochelle, New York. The sports memorabilia company says it’s still waiting for him to deliver and Friday, the company came in high and tight on Big Papi.
Steiner filed in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court and is asking for $1 million, claiming the Boston Red Sox slugger breached his contract by failing to autograph a required number of items and appear at "meet-and-greet” events.
Steiner claims it signed Ortiz to an exclusive contract that called for him to autograph 13,000 items and appear at public events until Jan. 31, 2008.
The lawsuit says "Ortiz has constantly remained substantially below the amount of memorabilia items required to be signed under the agreement.” Steiner claims that Ortiz skipped several scheduled public appearances, and when he did show up, he didn’t autograph the minimum amount of memorabilia required by the contract.
The suit claims Ortiz also violated the exclusivity clause of the agreement with Steiner by providing at least four other memorabilia companies with autographed and game-used memorabilia, diluting the value of what was provided to Steiner.
The Associated Press reports the lawsuit asks for the $1 million plus interest as well as an accounting of Ortiz’ dealings with memorabilia companies in which he received money for autographs and game-used equipment.
Later in the day, Ortiz strained his shoulder while sliding head-first into second base in a 10-3 victory over the White Sox. The injury wasn’t believed to be serious.