View Full Version : Mendenhall moving forward with lawsuit against Champion

04-24-2012, 04:44 PM
Mendenhall's lawsuit is apparently moving forward now after a judge ruled that he's at least got a legitimate gripe against Champion for cancelling his endorsement contract.

After Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4652/rashard-mendenhall) wrote on Twitter that no one should celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden, and questioned whether the collapse of the World Trade Center towers was really caused by hijacked planes, the athletic apparel company Champion ended its sponsorship relationship with him (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/05/05/rashard-mendenhall-loses-endorsement-deal-with-champion/). Mendenhall responded by filing a lawsuit, and a judge has now decided to let that lawsuit move forward.

Whether Mendenhall’s lawsuit against Hanesbrands, the parent company of Champion, will ultimately be successful is a long way down the road. But the judge has ruled that Mendenhall has a plausible claim that Hanesbrands breached its contract with Mendenhall.

The Hollywood Reporter says Mendenhall’s lawsuit is being watched closely in the entertainment industry (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/rashard-mendenhall-hanes-lawsuit-315004), where many celebrities have endorsement deals that contain clauses stipulating that the celebrity can’t do anything that would make the company he endorses look bad. The result of Mendenhall’s lawsuit may make companies and celebrities re-think the wording of those contractual clauses.

And for Mendenhall, the judge’s ruling is a step toward making Champion pay him the rest of the money on his endorsement deal, even though it’s probably safe to say we won’t see him appearing in any Champion ads again.

From PFT (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/04/24/mendenhall-moves-forward-in-lawsuit-over-lost-endorsement/)

04-24-2012, 05:43 PM
Just becuase the judge allowed the suit to move foward doesn't mean he's gonna win. I'd say he's got an uphill battle in that one.

04-24-2012, 05:59 PM
It's a long shot at best.


04-24-2012, 06:05 PM
Freedom of Speech no matter how stupid?? But the business has its own contract rules so we dont know.. so good luck Mendy.

04-24-2012, 07:38 PM
Remember the 1992 Summer Games when Michael Jordan and a few other members of the USA basketball team covered the Reeboks logos on their outfits when they accepted their gold medals? They didn't want to violate their contracts with Nike.

If Mendy's contract had some sort of 'don't do anything causing negative publicity clause in it', he loses.

04-24-2012, 09:41 PM
Something about Mendenhall that just doesn't sit well with me.

Yeah, I just don't like him ... that's it.

04-24-2012, 10:29 PM
Doubt very much you will see him appear in Any endorsements from here on in.

04-25-2012, 06:17 AM
You have to wonder where his head is at times......first he makes the slavery comment......then the Bin Laden comments....one piece of advice i have for Mendy is.......STFU!!!!!

04-25-2012, 07:07 AM
I would like to see Mendy get one more shot with the Steelers with a healthy line and Haley in charge. Dude is still very young.


04-25-2012, 01:13 PM
Professional athletes have to learn somehow that they have to watch what they say. If it's by losing his endorsement deal with Champion, then so be it. If Mendenhall wins this case then there will be no lesson learned.