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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
 
Rashard Mendenhall's Morals Clause Lawsuit against Champion

Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, who was recently dropped by Champion as a product endorser after he criticized the public's reaction to Osama bin Laden's death and questioned what happened on 9/11, is now suing Champion for breach of contract.   Mendenhall alleges that the morals clause in his endorsement deal with Champion did not empower Champion to sever ties.  Porcher Taylor, Jeffrey Standen, and I talk to the AP about how unlikely Mendenhall's claim is to prevail. The morals clause at issue is very inclusive and probably gave Champion authority to terminate the deal.





4 Comments:

Let me guess....is he a genius that thinks the federal government planned 911?

Anonymous bail bonds las vegas -- 7/20/2011 1:32 AM  


The article mentions that a social media clause should be included in all endorsement deals. What bargaining power do players have to make language of a social media clause any less vague than a morals clause is now?

Blogger Andy Eason -- 7/20/2011 2:46 AM  


Mike, have you seen the actual contract between Mendenhall and Champion? If so, can you please post either the contract, or the morals clause? I am curious about the exact wording.

Anonymous Marc Edelman -- 7/20/2011 9:57 AM  


Oh boy. As a Pittsburgh native and casual Steelers fan, I have to say this looks bad for Mendenhall and the city. I don't think you need to be a lawyer to realize the guy has no case. What's unfortunate is that the crux of Mendenhall's statement is that we should think twice about celebrating someone's death. I suppose it's all about the delivery.

Anonymous Book Editing -- 7/22/2011 8:03 PM  


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