John Cena is being sued by Ford for breach of contract.
The 16-time WWE World Champion seems to be in legal hot water today as Ford has served him papers regarding the sale of his 2017 Ford GT. According to the court documents filed in US District Court in Michigan, Cena was contractually obliged to hold onto his ride for at least two years before selling it.
Cena actually sold his GT soon after purchasing it for a big profit, which Ford says is a big nono written in the fine print.
Ford makes about 250 of the hyper-modern supercars per year, so just having the chance to buy one is a big honor. The court docs show that Cena was "selected from thousands of applicants for the opportunity to purchase the Ford GT."
To help improve their brand, Ford only gave the GT to big celebrities and Ford enthusiasts who would talk up their rides. Selling it so soon after buying one makes it seem like the car is no good and tarnishes the Ford name.
"Mr. Cena has unfairly made a large profit from the unauthorized resale flip of the vehicle, and Ford has suffered additional damages and losses, including, but not limited to, loss of brand value, ambassador activity, and customer goodwill due to the improper sale,” wrote Ford’s lawyers.
Ford is demanding they be given all profits from the sale, as well as unspecified damages.
For his part, Cena says that he sold the car to “pay bills”, and that he notified the company before putting it up for sale.
While the legal argument will be settled in the courts, some are starting to think the multi-million dollar wrestler could be having money troubles. Cena’s annual salary with WWE was $8 million in 2016, and that’s not including all the dough he makes from his budding Hollywood career. Cena is set to star in the upcoming movie Ferdinand, and just recently appeared in Daddy’s Home 2.
That said, Cena is certainly living a lifestyle for the mega-rich, reportedly owning over 55 designer suits, a fleet of over 23 antique and modern muscle cars, and an opulent mansion in Tampa Florida.
It could be that Cena just had a temporary cash flow problem and selling the GT was the easiest way to solve it. Or it could be that Cena doesn’t have his spending entirely under control even for the many millions he makes per year. We’ll just have to wait and see how this all plays out.