International soccer superstar Didier Drogba’s efforts to help a young Montreal entrepreneur ended up costing him a fortune, according to his claims in a court record.
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Drogba believes he is targeted by an “abusive, clearly without merit and bordering on extortion” lawsuit, from Jordan Pascal, a so-called Quebec designer, according to him.
It all started with a meeting in August 2016, during which Pascal convinced Drogba to become the “ambassador” of a new high-end shoe brand, JAD.
“I like the product and I like your ambition,” Drogba would have written to him in a text message in December 2016. The athlete then said that he had made precious resources available to the Montrealer for his project.
Drogba however alleges that he then discovered that Pascal was not the real designer of the shoes presented to him.
In this photo, we see three sports stars, Georges St-Pierre, Didier Drogba and Hassoun Camara in the company of other people, including Jordan Pascal (circled), an entrepreneur involved in disputes, notably with Drogba.
Pascal alleges for his part, in a lawsuit, that Drogba would not have respected certain contractual obligations relating to the promotion of luxury shoes. These shoes were to sell for $ 810 to $ 955 a pair.
“The allegations of the complainants contained in the request were made in bad faith and present a delusional and imaginary account of facts that the complainants know to be false and misleading,” argues the former Impact star in a defense.
The affair has yet to be resolved, but whether Drogba or Pascal are right, one thing is clear: entrepreneur Jordan is not in his first financial troubles. The Royal Bank obtained a judgment against him in 2019 to reimburse an amount of $ 85,000.