Joakim Noah blames Le Coq Sportif for injuries

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Joakim Noah may be rocking a nice pair of Adidas shoes when he takes to the floor against the Washington Wizards in the NBA playoffs, but that isn't who he ultimately should be sporting.

The Chicago Bulls center originally had a six-year deal with Le Coq Sportif but broke off that agreement late last year and is now suing the French sportswear company.

According to a report from TMZ Sports, the 29-year old is suing his former shoe label because they apparently stopped paying him in the middle of their contract, and that the poor quality of the shoes caused him injuries.

Noah dealt with severe plantar fasciitis issues at the end of last season, which were serious enough to force him to miss some late-season games and put his playing time in the playoffs in question.

From the TMZ article:

"Noah quietly declared war on the French company in a D.C. court back in November ... claiming LCS signed him to a 6-year $6 million deal back in 2007, only to screw him out of more than $1.65 million.

In the suit, Noah says he was pumped about the deal at first -- but shortly after he signed, LCS shut down its U.S. offices, fired the guy who signed Noah, and started looking for ways to back out of the deal. Noah claims things came to a head in 2013 when they suddenly stopped paying him money he believed they were obligated to pay."

It looks like an agreement was reached between the two sides last month, with both sides seeming to have dropped their claims and Noah is now free to find a new shoe company.

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