Fanatics Files Lawsuit Against Former Ohio State Wide Receiver Marvin Harrison Jr.

By May 21, 2024 (11:22 am)Football

Fanatics filed a lawsuit against former Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. in the New York Supreme Court for breaching a contract he signed with the company in May 2023.

According to an ESPN report, Fanatics said that Harrison refused to fulfill his obligations to the deal while he also “publicly asserted” that the contract doesn’t exist.

The report stated that the suit cites “The Official Harrison Collection LLC” as a defendant, where Harrison sells signed memorabilia through. The website states on its home page that it is “the only website to purchase signed Harrison memorabilia.”

The lawsuit claims that Harrison’s relationship with Fanatics began in 2023 when he was still with the Buckeyes, but they approached him wanting to sign a long-term deal in April 2023, which it claims was agreed upon by Harrison and his father, Hall of Fame wide receiver Marvin Harrison Sr. Fanatics claims to have paid Harrison Jr. in August and October of 2023 and that he hasn’t fulfilled his obligations despite “several requests” from Fanatics and that he has “rejected or ignored every request.

On April 23, 2024, Fanatics claims in the suit that Harrison Sr. requested a copy of Harrison Jr.’s binding term sheet and when he received it he told the company that they don’t have a deal with Fanatics.

Harrison Jr. has also yet to sign the NFL Players Association’s group licensing agreement which would allow the union to market his name, image and likeness to 85 companies.

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