Russell Wilson is being sued over his bread-balls.
According to two former employees, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback gave them the stiff arm when their pay period rolled around, TMZ reports.
Now, the 28-year-old is being sued, along with a food company called Eat the Ball, which makes bread in the shapes of footballs, baseballs, basketballs and soccer balls.
The Super Bowl 2014 champion has been a spokesperson for the brand since it launched in 2012. “”I’m supporting the work of Eat the Ball®, which with its long-lasting all-natural bread is making an important contribution to minimizing bread waste and to develop sustainable food technologies,” Wilson says in a statement on the company’s website, vouching for their innovative products.
Per the lawsuit, the new dad — who recently welcomed a baby girl, Sienna Princess Wilson, with wife Ciara — is also a minority owner. Other stars repping the brand include the New York Rangers’ Michael Grabner and FC Bayern Munich’s David Alaba.
As for the two people suing Wilson and friends, Joseph Carter, who claims he was hired as managing director with an annual starting salary of $170K; and Bridget Botting, who says she was hired in marketing with an $85K salary, have been listed as petitioners. According to Botting and Carter, paychecks have been sporadic and they haven’t received a dime since July.
The disgruntled parties are suing for an undisclosed amount of cash in addition to damages. As for where Wilson comes into play, well it appears that he’s responsible by default, considering his role as a spokesperson and superstar status. He’s been named as a defendant in the suit.
Still, the famous football star has yet to respond to the motion. What are your thoughts on the suit? Sound off in the comment section below.