Portland pimp sues Nike for $100 million for lack of warning label after beating victim with Jordans
Sirgiorgio Clardy sits strapped into a restraint chair in
July during his sentencing hearing. His legal adviser, sits in the
foreground -- a safe distance away from Clardy based on the advice of a
judge. Nine courthouse deputies attended the sentencing to maintain
(Aimee Green/The Oregonian)
A 26-year-old Portland pimp has filed a $100 million lawsuit against
Nike, claiming the shoe manufacturer is partially responsible for a
brutal beating that helped net him a 100-year prison sentence.
Sirgiorgiro Clardy claims Nike should have placed a label in his
Jordan shoes warning consumers that they could be used as a dangerous
weapon. He was wearing a pair when he repeatedly stomped the face of a
john who was trying to leave a Portland hotel without paying Clardy's
prostitute in June 2012.
Jurors early in 2013
found him guilty of second-degree assault for using his Jordans -- a
dangerous weapon -- to beat the john's face to a pulp. The man required
stitches and plastic surgery on his nose.
The jury also found him guilty of robbing the john and beating the
18-year-old woman he forced to work as his prostitute. She was injured
so badly that she bled from her ears.
In his three-page complaint handwritten from the Eastern Oregon
Correctional Institution in Pendleton, Clardy claims that Nike, Chairman
Phil Knight and other executives failed to warn consumers that the
shoes could be used as a weapon to cause serious injury or death.
product liability there is a certain standard of care that is required
to be up-held by potentially dangerous product ..." wrote Clardy, who is
representing himself. "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
Clardy wrote that he's tried to starve himself and kill himself multiple times.
He asks a Multnomah County judge to order Nike to affix warning
labels to all their "potentially dangerous Nike and Jordan merchandise."
In the past, Oregon defendants have been convicted of using a wide
array of items or substances as dangerous weapons. The list includes
boots, rope, a phone receiver, scalding hot water and HIV-infected
blood. The "dangerous weapon" classification can spur longer prison
Clardy filed his suit this week in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
During his two-week trial and his two-day sentencing hearing, Clardy
was known for his unusual courtroom antics. He shouted expletives at the
judge, prosecutors and jurors.
psychologist declared him an anti-social psychopath who was 100 percent
likely to commit violent crimes again. And Clardy disagreed so loudly --
making such a scene -- that he was removed from the courtroom.
In the coming days, the suit will be served to Nike, which will then have an opportunity to respond.
-- Aimee Green