Vince Carter Nixes Puma Deal
TORONTO (AP) _ Raptors star Vince Carter has terminated his shoe endorsement deal with Puma International, citing a breach of contract.
Puma intends to fight the decision through arbitration, according to a statement released Tuesday by Carter’s representatives, PMI ProSports Marketing.
When Carter walked onto the court before Tuesday night’s 107-89 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, he wore a pair of Nike shoes. Carter would not comment on the matter before the game, but a Raptors official said Carter had not signed a deal with another manufacturer.
Puma was referring calls to Jay Piccola, general manager of Puma North America. Piccola could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
``I’m hopeful we can work this all out,″ said Stephen Sacks, Carter’s Washington-based lawyer. ``Nobody wants to litigate this. Vince would much rather play basketball. Nobody wants to get involved in this stuff. But we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do.″
Carter signed a five-year shoe deal with Puma a few months after he was drafted last year. He went on to become the NBA’s rookie of the year.