A trio of celebrities have settled lawsuits in opposition to them associated to sponsorship offers struck with the failed crypto-exchange FTX earlier than it collapsed final yr.
Trevor Lawrence, an NFL quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars, reportedly settled a swimsuit that accused him of deceptive traders in FTX for an undisclosed sum. Youtubers Tom Nash and Kevin Paffrath additionally agreed to settlements, however the phrases weren’t disclosed.
These developments have been first reported by Bloomberg Information.
Earlier than FTX collapsed, Lawrence had signed a sponsorship cope with Blockfolio, an FTX subsidiary, in 2021. In accordance with a submitting submitted to the U.S. Chapter Courtroom on August 31, Lawrence acquired $205,555.35 from the corporate.
On the time, FTX’s then-COO Sina Nader informed Decrypt that sponsorships with Lawrence and different celebrities helped to make sure taboos round cryptocurrency have been “formally shattered.”
“In relation to my crypto portfolio, I wished a long-term accomplice within the area that I might belief,” Lawrence stated on the time of the Blockfolio deal. The athlete has not commented on the settlement or the Bloomberg report.
Nash, a outstanding YouTube influencer with 289,000 subscribers, was additionally paid by FTX for an endorsement, in line with a class-action grievance filed in opposition to him and different influencers by the Moskowitz Legislation Agency in March.
After FTX collapsed, the grievance states, Nash and different influencers scrubbed their channels of any content material touting the corporate or its disgraced founder Sam Bankman-Fried.
Nash, who’s a citizen of Australia, didn’t initially reply to the lawsuit, prompting Moskowitz to request a federal choose to permit them to serve the lawsuit by a tweet.
Paffrath, one other influencer with a following of 1.88 million subscribers on his ‘Meet Kevin’ YouTube channel, acknowledged in a video on November 17, 2022 that he was beforehand sponsored by FTX, one thing that he known as a “scar” that he regretted.
In a second video on March 16, at some point after being included in Moskowitz’s class-action lawsuit, Paffrath doubled down on blaming SBF for the fraud. He described options that influencers contributed to losses from FTX’s fraud as “ludicrous.”
These three are a part of an extended checklist of celebrities who FTX labored to domesticate earlier than its demise. Amongst others now going through authorized motion for partnering with the trade are former NFL quarterback Tom Brady, his ex-wife Gisele Bundchen, former NBA participant Shaquille O’Neill, and tennis star Naomi Osaka.
Information of those settlements arrive after FTX was hit by a cyber-attack that briefly shut down a web based portal for former shoppers to submit reimbursement claims. In the meantime, a federal choose approved FTX to start promoting off the $3.4 billion in Solana, Ethereum, Bitcoin and different belongings it held as a part of the chapter proceedings.