Culpepper Expected Lawsuit

In the wake of the lawsuit filed by Nike, Inc., VU has learned the suit has come as no suprise to Daunte Culpepper.

It was a little surprising when business websites were mentioning Daunte Culpepper's name. As reported earlier this week, Nike, Inc., filed suit in Oregon against Culpepper, claiming that he signed an agreement with rival Reebok without giving Nike it's contracted right to match any offer from a competitor.

However, Culpepper's business team isn't worried about the lawsuit. In fact, they were expecting it.

In a statement released Thursday, attorneys for Culpepper said that "the appropriate measures" were taken to protect Culpepper's interests and that the lawsuit, while expected, has been prepared for and addressed before Culpepper had any dealing with Reebok.

Culpepper was unavailable for comment, since he is in Florida preparing for his wedding tomorrow.

FRIDAY NOTES
* The Kansas City Chiefs have signed all but one of their draft picks already. What difference does that make to the Vikings? Their only unsigned pick is first-rounder Ryan Sims, taken one pick before the Vikings took Bryant McKinnie. Often times, players and agents will wait until the players drafted before and after their client are signed. In the case of McKinnie, that is Sims and Dallas safety Roy Williams.
* Jack Brewer of the Vikings is putting together a celebrity fishing contest for July 20 at Lake Waconia. Already agreeing to appear are current Vikings Matt Birk, Michael Bennett and Tyrone Carter.

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