Posted January 20, 2014

Pimp Sues Nike for $100 Million after Beating a Man with His Air Jordans

'Murica, Sign Of The Apocalypse

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We all know that Michael Jordan’s line of shoes, the Air Jordans, have been the objects around which violence occurs, what with all brawls breaking out and gunshots being fired every time there’s a new release. (Really, Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing is even more influential than we all thought, depicting two men getting involved in a heated confrontation over, basically, Air Jordans).

But did you know that the Air Jordan itself is a deadly weapon? That’s what a pimp (and a team of prosecutors) from Oregon is saying. Seriously:

A 26-year-old Portland pimp has filed a $100 million lawsuit against Nike, claiming the shoe manufacturer is partially responsible for a brutal beating that helped net him a 100-year prison sentence.

Sirgiorgiro Clardy claims Nike should have placed a label in his Jordan shoes warning consumers that they could be used as a dangerous weapon. He was wearing a pair when he repeatedly stomped the face of a john who was trying to leave a Portland hotel without paying Clardy’s prostitute in June 2012

Jurors early in 2013 found him guilty of second-degree assault for using his Jordans — a dangerous weapon — to beat the john’s face to a pulp. The man required stitches and plastic surgery on his nose.

So, yeah. When sportswriters and commentators used to always call Michael Jordan “a killer on the court”, maybe they were talking about the shoes after all.

[Oregon Live]

4 comments
Guest2013
Guest2013

You've GOT to be kidding!!!!!  What about football, baseball, soccer, golf shoes that all have cleats???? Should they be labeled as "dangerous weapons" too?????  I can't believe that this guy's "attorney" is STUPID enough to even file a lawsuit suing Nike for $100M because his client was wearing Air Jordan's and used them as "dangerous weapons".  I hope the Judge laughs hysterically when he throws this case out. 

NotLebronJames
NotLebronJames

A guy sued Mcdonalds for getting fat, a lady sued Mcdonalds for spilling coffee on herself, a robber sued a homeowner for landing on his own knife after falling from a skylight.. This is America. It's full of morons. This was bound to happen lmfaoo

pdiamond
pdiamond

@NotLebronJamesyou're an idiot...the McDonald's cases bear zero resemblance to this ridiculous story.  the woman who was burned by coffee suffered miserably requiring extensive surgery and McDonald's admitted to making their coffee far too hot to drink.  the only way to send a signal to a corporation making billions is to sue it for millions, which she did.  and they got the message.