June 14, 2024

Former Florida Recruit Jaden Rashada Sues Over Failed $14 Million NIL Deal

Jaden Rashada, now a quarterback at Georgia, has filed a lawsuit against Florida Gators coach Billy Napier and the program’s top booster due to a failed name, image, and likeness (NIL) deal worth nearly $14 million.

The lawsuit, submitted Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Pensacola, accuses Napier and booster Hugh Hathcock, an automotive technology businessman, of fraudulent misrepresentation and inducement, aiding and abetting fraud, civil conspiracy to commit fraud, negligent misrepresentation, tortious interference with a business relationship or contract, aiding and abetting tortious interference, and vicarious liability. Rashada is seeking a jury trial and at least $10 million in damages.

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“Sadly, this type of fraud is becoming more commonplace in the Wild West that is today’s college NIL landscape,” said Rashada’s attorney, Rusty Hardin. “Wealthy alumni, consumed by their schools’ athletic programs, are taking advantage of young people by offering them life-changing sums of money, only to renege on their commitments.”

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