(Story courtesy of Chicago Sun-Times)
Within days of a season-ending wrist injury, Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher says he was written off by an autograph and sports memorabilia company.
Now Urlacher, injured Sept. 13 in a game against the Green Bay Packers, is suing Dreams, Inc. for terminating a four-year, $1.2 million contract that had him traveling the country, earning money for special appearances and signing autographs and sports memorabilia.
“Just days after having wrist surgery following a playing injury, Dreams has purported to ‘terminate’ the contract for ‘cause,’ apparently under the misguided claim that Urlacher's injury is ‘career ending,’ ’’ states the suit, which was filed in Cook County Circuit Court today.
It goes on: “Dreams’ interpretation of the terms of the contract, as well as its medical prognostications, are without merit.”
The contract was executed in 2007 and it was to end in 2011.
“I don’t think you send a lawyer letter telling Brian his career is over,” said attorney David Rammelt, referring to the termination letter sent to Urlacher, his client, on Sept. 16.
In this breach-of-contract suit, Urlacher is asking for a judge to uphold the contract and a jury to award roughly $600,000 left in his contract and any related damages.
The Florida-based Dreams, Inc., a sports memorabilia and licensed products firm, could not be reached for comment. It is the parent company to stores including Mounted Memories, Field of Dreams, and FansEdge.