Diontae Johnson, who signed a two-year extension worth $36.71 million last week, is being sued for some of that money now.
A sports management company based in Connecticut has filed a federal lawsuit against the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver after it claims Johnson violated a contract by not appearing at a youth football camp in May.
According to the lawsuit, Johnson signed an agreement with FlexWork Sports Management in November of 2021 to host a youth football camp in Pittsburgh called “FlexWork Sports Youth Camp presented by Diontae Johnson.” The camp was held on Mayy 22nd and had 230 campers who purchased tickets for the event starting at $125 each.
The company claims to have lost more than $36,000 in refunds alone.
The lawsuit added that Johnson’s representatives notified the company of Johnson’s absence 13 minutes before the scheduled start of the camp. Johnson’s representatives said the wide receiver’s flight from Florida was canceled and “Johnson was rebooked on another flight shortly thereafter, but that Johnson did not want to wait for his new flight time so he left the airport.”
According to a personal service agreement the suit references, Johnson was to pay a cancellation fee of $2,250 if he canceled his appearance after April 5th.
“As a result of Johnson’s breach,” the report reads, “FlexWork has suffered and continues to suffer damages in an amount to be determined at trial, plus interest, costs, disbursements and attorneys’ fees.”
The lawsuit asks Johnson repay the money FlexWork spent putting on the camp, plus a to-be-determined amount when it comes to damage to their brand, along with legal fees associated with the case (and interest).