A story circulated on Tuesday saying that adidas was prepared to offer Kansas freshman basketball player Andrew Wiggins a $180 million shoe endorsement deal. The story made headlines for obvious reasons — that’s a huge amount of money, especially for an athlete who hasn’t even played a minute of college ball yet. But if the report didn’t sound right to you, and it didn’t to us, that’s probably because the quoted figures for the prospective contract may have originated from a fake letter.
The Tuesday report about the prospective adidas offer came from Bleacher Report, which cited sources in saying that the sports apparel company was preparing a $180 million offer for Wiggins. Here’s what they wrote: