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WWE Superstar John Cena has been socked with a lawsuit by the Ford Motor Company, which maintains that the pro wrestler sold his high-dollar sports car in violation of his agreement with the company.
According to Ford, Cena bought a 2017 Ford GT, then flipped his vehicle shortly after taking delivery of it, despite his agreement with Ford to maintain ownership of the vehicle for 24 months, “making a “large profit” from the alleged resale.
In its suit, filed in federal court in Michigan on Thursday, Ford says that it reserves its GTs — which have an MSRP of “over $450,000” — for “only those individuals who truly desire a special ownership experience” and “those individuals who will be influencers and ambassadors of the vehicle and the Ford brand.”
Cena filled out an application to buy the GT, Ford says, agreeing not to sell it for 24 months. But according to the suit, Cena took possession of the vehicle in late September and sold it “a few weeks” after.
According to the suit, the damages exceed $75,000.
Ford says that Cena admitted to selling the car, saying, “I completely understand and as stated am willing to work with [the Ford representative] and Ford to make it right. My sincere apologies.”
“To date, however, Mr. Cena has not ‘made it right,’ has not sought a return of the vehicle, and upon information and belief, has made a profit from the improper sale,” the suit reads.
In addition to “substantial damages,” the suit says, “Ford also has lost almost two years of ambassadorship and brand value that Mr. Cena would have offered by owning the vehicle for the contractually required time.”
TheWrap has reached out to WWE for comment.
Alleging breach of contract, fraud and other counts, the suit is seeking unspecified damages, and an order that Cena must hand over the profits from the resale of the car.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.
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