June 23, 2013; Carson, CA, USA; General view of Adidas game ball before Chivas USA play against the Los Angeles Galaxy at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Adidas won't sponsor Scientologists

According to a report in German newspaper Der Spiegel, (via Bleacher Report), athletes with Adidas sponsorship deals will lose their endorsement deals if they become Scientologists.

While it is usual to have ‘morals clauses’ in sponsorship deals – designed to ensure that the sponsor’s brand does not get tarnished by any mistakes by the athlete, these are usually for fairly standard things: no drugs, not wearing other brands in public, not doing pretty much everything Tiger Woods did, that sort of thing.

However Der Spiegel (in German here), are reporting that Adidas have also included the ability to void deals with any member of “any organisation or association which represents the principles of L. Ron Hubbard”. This is because “Scientology and other such organisations are incompatible” with the brand’s values.

The Bleacher Report says that the clause was found in the contract of a Bayern Munich player, and the quotes are from that contract.

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