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Frank Thomas Does Not Approve Of Reebok Re-Releasing His Signature Big Hurt Sneaker

Submitted by on March 20, 2014 – 10:30 am2 Comments

Over the course of the last year, Reebok has re-released a number of their classic retro sneakers. From the Reebok Question to the Reebok Shaqnosis to the Reebok Kamikaze, we’ve seen quite a few retros from Reebok in recent times. So when the company announced that they were going to be re-releasing the iconic Reebok Big Hurt this year, which was the sneaker that MLB star Frank Thomas wore back in the 1990s, we didn’t bat an eye. We were glad to hear that they’re going to do it, since the Big Hurt is one of the best baseball sneakers that Reebok ever produced. But we didn’t think it would cause much commotion.

As it turns out, though, the sneaker is making a ton of headlines right now—and those headlines have absolutely nothing to do with how dope the sneaker is. Instead, those headlines are about the fact that Thomas is suing Reebok at the moment and claiming that they have no right to re-release his signature sneaker without including him in the process. If they’re going to re-release the sneaker, Thomas wants to be involved and he wants to be paid for being involved. And if Reebok isn’t willing to involve him? Well, he thinks they should be forced to pay him for using his “Big Hurt” trademark without his consent. And he’s already filed a lawsuit to try and force them to pay up.

We’re not sure how or if this is going to affect the release of the Big Hurt sneakers, which are due out this spring. But we do understand why Thomas would be upset here. After all, he helped popularize the Big Hurt sneakers back in the day. So it seems a little weird that he wouldn’t get anything for his ties to them this time around. But we’ll have to wait and see what a judge thinks about all of this. If he sides with Thomas, Reebok might decide to scrap the sneaker or bring Thomas on board when they’re released. But if the judge doesn’t side with Thomas, a precedent could be set for future retro releases. Stay tuned to see what happens.

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