The Rick Pitino saga continues. A judge has dismissed the former Louiville Cardinals coach’s lawsuit against famed sneaker company Adidas. This information comes to light thanks to an ESPN newser on the matter.
It is important to note that this doesn’t mean Pitino is out of options when attempting to take Adidas to court. The judge, operating in Western Kentucky, said the claim must be arbitrated in Oregon, as Adidas’ North American headquarters are in Portland.
For those missing the wonderful context, when Rick Pitino was fired by Louisville in October during the entire FBI-Brian Bowen scandal, he filed the suit that same month in U.S. District Court against the North American subsidiary of Adidas, claiming the apparel company had damaged his reputation thanks to the FBI fraud investigation.
As an important note, despite being fired and evidence mounted against him, Pitino has remained steadfast in claiming his innocence since the moment the scandal rocked the college basketball community.
Pitino, who did have a lucrative deal with the shoe company, is now without that contract, as Adidas terminated its personal services agreement with him shortly after Louisville fired the legendary coach.
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