The Philadelphia Eagles definitely don’t need any distractions during the offseason following an extremely disappointing 8-8 season that put quarterback Michael Vick’s career in Philadelphia in jeopardy.
So let’s hope that this doesn’t become one of them.
According to Tim McManus of PhillyMag.com, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has been sued by J.O. Sports Company for $101,500.
J.O. Sports Company claims that Vick failed to provide game-worn equipment and attend private signings.
In defense, Vick says that his contract with the organization had been terminated in October of 2011, after the owner of the company was indicted for fraud, which included allegations that the company doctored jerseys to make them appear to be official game worn jerseys.
The owner of the company, Jarrod Oldridge, pleaded guilty to mail fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to a quarter million dollars. This makes him a convicted felon and as a former convicted felon himself, Vick is not allowed to associated with other convicted felons, per his probation.
“My primary concern is for my fans,” Vick said, in a statement provided to McManus by Vick’s P.R. firm. “If my fans want to buy game-used memorabilia, it is important that the merchandise is 100 percent authentic. . . . I will not support a company that is accused of misleading fans. It is an easy decision to make.”
Vick and the Eagles look to take advantage of a full offseason in hopes that they can rebound from a nightmarish 2011 season and contend for a Super Bowl title in 2012.