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January 13, 1988

Did Carl Lewis sell his soles to a shoe company or didn't he?

A Nike Inc. official says the company canceled a lucrative endorsement contract with the track and field star because he wore non-Nike shoes and apparel at track meets. Lewis claims in a lawsuit set for trial in May in Los Angeles that Nike breached its contract with him by canceling the deal.

Lewis' agreement called for Nike to provide the equipment and pay the athlete a six-figure fee, according to Nike attorney Kirk Hallam.

"They terminated the contract because he wasn't always wearing Nike products when he was competing," Hallam said.

The company has documented 30 violations of its endorsement agreement with Lewis.

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