Las Vegas sports memorabilia dealer J.O. Sports has filed a lawsuit against Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick for breach of contract after it claims Vick failed to deliver on a $100,000 deal to provide the company with exclusive game-worn gear and autographs.
In December of 2010, J.O. announced it had reached agreement with Vick, who was coming off a remarkable comeback from a 21-month incarceration on dog fighting charges. However, papers filed in Clark County, Nev. District Court claim Vick signed a three-year contract in August of last year to provide game worn equipment, make public appearances and complete private autograph sessions for the company. Despite making a $101,500 up front payment, J.O. Sports claims Vick hasn’t provided any gear, made any appearances or signed the required number of autographs as stated in the contract.
Another part of the suit claims Vick agreed to let J.O. set up social media sites for him and that while it received some money for starting the process, Vick still owes $4,000.
Vick says he purposely hasn’t followed through with the deal because J.O. Sports’ owner Jarrod Oldridge pleaded guilty last year to mail fraud charges in connection with a phony game jersey scheme uncovered by federal agents.
“I will not support a company that is accused of misleading fans,” Vick said in a statement through his PR Firm. “It is an easy decision to make.”
J.O. Sports, which has deals in place with several NFL teams to purchase and re-sell game-worn equipment and jerseys, is seeking reimbursement for the six-figure payment it says it sent to Vick after the deal was made, plus interest and court costs.