Report: Jack Nicklaus Sued by Nicklaus Companies for Breach of Contract

I ran across this news on Twitter. I had to read it again. It’s real, and has been picked up by several golf media outlets.

REPORTED BY ALEX MICELI OF SI/MORNING READ, Jack Nicklaus is being sued by the Nicklaus Companies. Howard Milstein is the executive chairman of the Nicklaus Companies. Jack Nicklaus II is vice chairman.

Miceli wrote:

On May 13, a complaint filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York against the 82-year-old golf legend alleged a breach of contract with the Nicklaus Companies as well as tortious interference and breach of fiduciary duty.

According to the complaint, Nicklaus was paid $145 million in 2007 to provide exclusive services and property to the Nicklaus Companies, which over time he has failed to live up to or has worked against the company directly.

In a statement through his organization, Nicklaus said, “The claims made by Howard Milstein are untrue.”

SI/Morning Read later updated its story to include this statement from the Nicklaus Companies:

We have great admiration and tremendous respect for Jack and his legacy and have tried everything to avoid taking this step. We are asking the court to sort out the legal responsibilities of the parties so that there is no confusion or misunderstanding going forward.

We are saddened to be put in a situation that now requires intervention from a court, but we have a responsibility to Nicklaus Companies and its employees, as well as to our customers and partners, to ensure that nothing disrupts the ongoing business of the company. We are confident that working together we can resolve this quickly and amicably.

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