Popular NFL star drags Nike to court in $20 Million lawsuit

Odell Beckham Jr.

Popular NFL star drags Nike to court in $20 Million lawsuit

David Ben 14:14 - 01.12.2022

Super Bowl champion Odell Beckham Jr. is suing sneaker giant, Nike, after claiming that the sportswear company owes him over $20 million.

The free agent wide receiver states that Nike jerked him out at a deal that was supposed to be similar to an Adidas arrangement that was offered to him, according to TMZ Sports.

Daniel Davillier, who is Beckham’s attorney, filed the lawsuit for the former New York Giants player. 

The 30-year-old NFL star insists that when the original Nike deal expired five years ago in 2017, he contemplated leaving the swoosh brand to go to one of their competitors, adidas. 

The rival sportswear company offered him a large contract that Nike decided to match so they wouldn’t lose him.

However, OBJ now claims that the fine print on that extension contract didn’t match adidas offer to sign with them. 

OBJ's relationship with Nike began to deteriorate earlier this year in March when he was supposed to receive a payment amount of approximately $2.6 million. 

Odell Beckham Jr.

However, without telling him anything, Nike reportedly withheld more than $2 million of the payment. 

He later found out that Nike didn’t give him the money because they claim he committed violations that were detrimental to his agreement. 

The company stated that he had footwear and glove violations when he changed them towards the end of the football season.

But Beckham denied that was the case, saying he was essentially forced to personally customize his cleats due to Nike not giving him cleats that matched the colors of his new team.

Odell Beckham Jr.

“Being a Nike Athlete and Brand Icon was a dream I’ve had since being a young boy. 

"I wanted to be the next Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, LeBron James or Kobe Bryant in the Nike Family. 

"When Nike exercised its right of first refusal to match the Adidas offer and not only kept me as a Nike Athlete, but also made me one of their Brand Icons – my dream had been fulfilled.

“Unfortunately, Nike did not honor its commitments. Throughout our partnership, I have kept my promise and fulfilled my obligations to the brand. 

"I am extremely disappointed that I’ve had to take these measures to ensure Nike fulfills their obligations and promises.” Beckham said in a statement as per Black Enterprise.

 OBJ's latest issue with Nike comes after the sportswear giants cut ties with NBA and Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving over an antisemitic scandal.