Giants’ Kenny Golladay may be held in contempt of court
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Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay is at risk of being held in contempt of court later this month as a result of ignoring a subpoena and failing to appear at a virtual deposition last December.
Golladay is a non-party with no potential liability in a civil case in which his former NFL agent, Jason Bernstein, is suing memorabilia company Redland Sports and MVP Authentics for allegedly violating an exclusive rights contract by working with rival NFL agent Todd France to set up an autograph signing in 2019. Golladay played with the Lions at the time and later became a client of France’s at Creative Artists Agency.
Golladay has until July 22 — five days before the Giants are expected to open training camp — to explain in writing why he failed to comply with a subpoena in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, according to a petition filed by Bernstein’s Clarity Sports International and granted by a judge.
The document was first uncovered by Jason Morrin — a Hofstra law student and clerk at the firm Geragos & Geragos — and later obtained by The Post. Contempt is either considered direct or indirect in civil cases, and the sanctions vary by each case’s circumstances. Golladay has not replied to inquiries since a motion was filed on May 14, according to the court filing.
Bernstein is seeking damages of more than $1.7 million as he estimates he lost out on more than $10,000 in Golladay’s marketing deals plus his three percent commission from Golladay’s NFL contract, according to a report by The Detroit News. Golladay signed a four-year, $72 million free-agent contract, including $40 million guaranteed, with the Giants in March.
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