A Portland man is suing Nike for $100 million after he claims the shoe manufacturer played a role beating that led to his lengthy prison sentence.
The Oregonian reports that Sirgiorgiro Clardy received a 100-year prison sentence in July 2013 for a series of crimes, including the vicious beating of a 18-year-old woman he forced to work as a prostitute. Jurors also found him guilty of second-degree assault for stomping the face of a man who attempted to leave a Portland hotel without paying Clardy's prostitute in June 2012 -- requiring the man to receive stiches and plastic surgery on his nose.
Clardy is now suing Nike for failing to place a warning label inside the Jordans he was wearing when he severely beat the man's face. The criminal says the company should have made consumers aware that the sneakers could be used as a dangerous weapon says his three-page complaint.
The handwritten document from Clardy -- who is representing himself -- claims that Nike and its executives did not properly warn consumers that the shoes could cause serious injury or death.
"Under product liability there is a certain standard of care that is required to be up-held by potentially dangerous product ..." wrote Clardy. "Do (sic) to the fact that these defendants named in this Tort claim failed to warn of risk or to provide an adequate warning or instruction it has caused personal injury in the likes of mental suffering."
He also asks a Multnomah County judge to order Nike to attach warning labels to all their "potentially dangerous Nike and Jordan merchandise." Clardy filed the suit this week and it will be served to Nike in the next few days. The company will then have a chance to respond.
Treye Green is a reporter for The International Business Times and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Green has shot, edited and...