Joakim Noah has sued former shoe sponsor Le Coq Sportif for making shoes that may have damaged his feet and for screwing him out of more than $1.65 million.
According to a report by TMZ Sports, Noah filed a lawsuit against the French company in a Washington D.C. court in November, alleging that Le Coq Sportif inked him to a 6-year, $6 million deal in 2007, but failed to completely compensate him for the full $6 million.
Here's more on the story from TMZ:
In the suit, Noah says he was pumped about the deal at first -- but shortly after he signed, LCS shut down its U.S. offices, fired the guy who signed Noah, and started looking for ways to back out of the deal. Noah claims things came to a head in 2013 when they suddenly stopped paying him money he believed they were obligated to pay.
Noah says despite the negative energy, he held up his end of the bargain -- and wore Le Coq shoes in every NBA game he played even though he claims they were "not well designed and likely contributed to [my] development of plantar fasciitis."
You may remember that Noah was forced to miss several games during the 2012-13 season because of the medical condition. This included some key games in the postseason.
A counterclaim was filed against Noah by Le Coq Sportif shortly after November. However, the two sides have seemingly worked out a settlement because both suddenly dropped their cases against each other in March.
For the record, Noah has since moved on to Adidas for his new shoe sponsor.
Via TMZ Sports