Twenty-six-year-old Portland, Ore., pimp Sirgiorgiro Clardy says Nike should have placed a label in his Jordan shoes warning consumers that they could be used as a dangerous weapon, the Oregonian reports.
That is why he filed a $100 million lawsuit this week against the athletic brand, charging that the shoe manufacturer is partially responsible for a brutal beating that helped net him a 100-year prison sentence, the report says.
He reportedly was sporting a pair in June 2012 when he repeatedly stomped on the face of a john who was trying to leave a Portland hotel without paying one of his prostitutes, the report says.
A jury early last year found him guilty of second-degree assault for using his Jordans as a dangerous weapon to beat the man’s face to a pulp, the report says. He was also found guilty of robbing the man and beating the 18-year-old woman he forced to work as a prostitute. She was so badly beaten that she bled from her ears, the story says.
In the suit, handwritten from the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton, Ore., Clardy charges that Nike chairman Phil Knight and other executives failed to warn consumers that the shoes could potentially serve as dangerous weapons.
“Under product liability there is a certain standard of care that is required to be up-held by potentially dangerous product …” wrote Clardy, who is representing himself. “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.”
Besides the monetary award, he is asking a Multnomah County judge to order Nike to affix warning labels to all their “potentially dangerous Nike and Jordan merchandise.”
Read more at the Oregonian.