Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 3/21/15
An Oregon pimp is suing Nike for $100 million — claiming that its Air Jordan shoes failed to include a warning that said they could be used as dangerous weapons after he used his own pair to beat a man. Sirgiorgiro Clardy alleges Nike is partially responsible for Clardy's 100-year prison sentence for beating a man in 2012, reports The Oregonian.  Clardy, a 26-year-old  Portland-based pimp, was wearing a pair of Jordans when he stomped on the face of a man who was attempting to leave a hotel without paying Clardy's prostitute.Clardy was found guilty of second-degree assault by a jury in early 2013. The victim received stitches and plastic surgery — and Clardy's defense: It's gotta be the shoes.This adds a new twist to the Air Jordan legacy — because Nike usually leaves all the violence up to customers waiting for their new kicks at your local mall.Clardy, lifelong criminal who is representing himself, hand wrote his three-page complaint from the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton, where he is incarcerated."Under product liability there is a certain standard of care that is required to be up-held by potential dangerous product," he said. "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."On top of seeking payment, Clardy's complaint asks that Nike be required to include warning labels for all 'potentially dangerous Nike and Jordan merchandise.' Clardy's 2013 conviction was his 20th, and he was also arrested in June 2012, as part of a sex trafficking sting operation, KATU reports, where three teenagers were rescued. Clardy's suit will be served to Nike's Beaverton headquarters early next week for a response.Someone should alert the Trailblazers. They've been beating on opponents all season.
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