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Frank Thomas sues Reebok after 'Big Hurt' shoes re-released without his OK

Mike Oz
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Frank Thomas sues Reebok

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The Big Hurt shoes were released by Reebok in the mid-'90s. Frank Thomas says he didn't approve their re-release. (Getty Images)

Frank Thomas is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year, but he might be headed to court too.

The slugger has filed a lawsuit against Reebok, according to TMZ Sports. The Big Hurt is at odds with the sneaker company over a pair of shoes he endorsed back in the '90s that Reebok recently re-released.

Problem is, they didn't get his permission and, according to Thomas' camp, aren't paying him a dime. 

You can read the entire lawsuit (thanks to the Crain's Chicago Business), but here's the meat of it:

Since 1998, Thomas has never given Reebok permission to use his identity, the Big Hurt Mark or his endorsement in connection with the sale of shoes or the Reebok Classic Retro Campaign, and Reebok had no authority to do so.
Thomas has been damaged by Reebok’s unauthorized commercial use of his identity and the Big Hurt Mark which, among other things, violates Thomas’ right of publicity and falsely implies Thomas’ endorsement of Reebok

The kicks were originally released in the mid-'90s. Thomas says he had an endorsement deal with Reebok from 1995 to 1998. Retro shoes are a moneymaker these days, and Reebok has been doing putting out new versions of their other classics in addition to The Big Hurt shoes.

You can bet we'll hear soon enough if Reebok didn't pay the likes of Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson.

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