Lawsuit Filed Against Steelers WR Diontae Johnson By His Own Football Camp

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 21: The reaction of Diontae Johnson #18 of the Pittsburgh Steelers after receiving a touchdown pass in the second quarter of a match against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Diontae Johnson, who signed a $36.71 million two-year extension last week, is being sued for some of the money now.

A Connecticut-based sports management company has filed a federal lawsuit against wide-reaching Pittsburgh Steelers after claiming Johnson breached his contract by not showing up at youth soccer camps in May.

According to the lawsuit, Johnson signed an agreement with FlexWork Sports Management in November 2021 to host a youth soccer camp in Pittsburgh called “FlexWork Sports Youth Camp brought to you by Diontae Johnson.” The campground was held on May 22 and had 230 campers who purchased tickets for the event starting at $125 each.

The company claims to have lost more than $36,000 in refunds alone.

The lawsuit adds that Johnson’s representatives notified the company of Johnson’s absence 13 minutes before the scheduled start of the camp. Johnson’s representative said the wide receiver flight from Florida was canceled and “Johnson rebooked another flight soon after, but Johnson didn’t want to wait for his new flight time so he left the airport.”

According to the personal services agreement referred to by the lawsuit, Johnson will have to pay a $2,250 cancellation fee if he cancels his appearance after April 5.

“As a result of Johnson’s breach,” the report reads, “FlexWork has suffered and continues to suffer losses in amounts to be determined at trial, plus interest, fees, disbursements and attorneys’ fees.”

The lawsuit asks Johnson to pay back the money FlexWork spent on the camp, plus an amount to be determined when it comes to damage to their brand, along with legal fees associated with the case (and interest).

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