Cardinals' Marvin Harrison Jr. Involved in Fanatics Lawsuit After Breaching Contract

Apr 25, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. poses after being selected No. 4 by the Arizona Cardinals.
Apr 25, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. poses after being selected No. 4 by the Arizona Cardinals. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Arizona Cardinals rookie wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. is now involved in a lawsuit filed by Fanatics on Saturday in which the brand states that he breached his contract that was agreed upon in May 2023.

Harrison signed an NIL deal with Fanatics while playing college football at Ohio State, but the two sides negotiated a further deal last May, which outlined various obligations for the wide receiver to fulfill. In the suit, detailed by ESPN, Harrison has reportedly "rejected or ignored every request" sent by Fanatics.

The lawsuit states that Harrison's father, former NFL receiver Marvin Harrison Sr., asked for Fanatics' contract right before the 2024 NFL draft. Right after that, Harrison Sr., who acts as his son's agent, told the retailer they no longer had a deal.

The lawsuit lists "The Official Harrison Collection LLC" as a defendant, which is a website that Harrison is selling signed gear from, including photos, jerseys and helmets.

Fanatics also states that Harrison claimed other companies made better offers to him, and he wanted Fanatics to meet or surpass those offers, but he never shared specific details of the other companies.

Since Harrison was drafted fourth overall by the Cardinals in April, his jersey has not hit the market because he has yet to sign the NFLPA licensing agreement. The hold-up on him signing was because of the battle with Fanatics, which seemingly has brought on this lawsuit.


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