Steelers Star Sues Ex-Sponsor For Nixing Endorsement

Law360, New York (July 25, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT) -- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall slapped Hanesbrands Inc. with a lawsuit in North Carolina earlier this month over the company's decision to terminate his contract to endorse the Champion athletic gear brand because of controversial statements he made on Twitter.

“This case involves the core question of whether an athlete employed as a celebrity endorser loses the right to express opinions simply because the company whose products he endorses might disagree with some (but not all) of those opinions,” Mendenhall said in a complaint filed...
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