On Tuesday, news surfaced that Adidas is apparently set to offer basketball superstar Andrew Wiggins $180 million when he decides to return pro, more than likely following the one season he’s expected to spend with the Kansas Jayhawaks. The hype that has surrounded the Canada native’s talents certainly didn’t make the story seem far-fetched by any means.
But, according to Adidas themselves, it actually is.
The company recently reached out to Pro Basketball Talk and noted that there is a fraudulent letter making its rounds which claims that the company is prepared to make Wiggins the offer, which they’re now denying.
Another outlet, SoleCollector.com, was also contacted by a spokesperson from Adidas and had this to offer up regarding the situation:
It all apparently stems from this alleged memo from adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer, addressed blankly to a Wiggins representative, which Sole Collector has exclusively obtained below and has also confirmed to be entirely fake.
“There is a fraudulent letter that claims to be from our company offering Mr. Wiggins a contract. Any reasonable review of the letter would determine its lack of credibility,”an adidas Basketball spokesperson told Sole Collector this morning. ”Beyond this, we do not comment on rumors or speculation about potential partnerships.”
The undated hoax letter, from a brand CEO to an amateur athlete, would undoubtedly be a major violation during the window in which Wiggins was deciding on which college he would attend. That should of course be red flag #1 as to the letter’s lack of authenticity.
Whatever the case may truly be, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Aside from the fact that Wiggins hasn’t stepped foot on a collegiate court yet, Adidas could find themselves in some sort of hot water if they did in fact contact the star.