Former Ohio State football player getting sued to increase rookie distraction

The former Ohio State football player was the first Buckeye taken in the NFL Draft this past April. Since then, nothing but distraction has surrounded him.
Nov 4, 2023; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Carnell Tate (17)
Nov 4, 2023; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Carnell Tate (17) / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA

The Ohio State football team was built around Marvin Harrison Jr. last season. He was the best weapon that they had offensively. Teams would have to double-team him because he was so adept at getting open and causing problems for the secondary.

Harrison Jr. is one of the best receivers I've ever seen come through Ohio State. The Buckeyes have had a lot of great receivers come through, but not many of them have had the talent or put up the numbers that Harrison Jr. did in his time with the Ohio State football program.

In April, he was the fourth overall pick in the NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Since then, fans have not been able to buy his jersey. He has not signed his paperwork to allow his image and likeness to be used by various NFL partners. Apparently, it's rooted in a dispute with Fanatics.

Harrison Jr. signed an NIL deal with Fanatics while he was with Ohio State for his final year. He's trying to extract them for more money, so that's why he hasn't signed his paperwork since entering the league. Now, he's being sued by Fanatics for breach of contract. You can read more about the terms of the suit here in this article by ESPN.

I have no idea why Harrison Jr. insists on being a distraction this early in his NFL career. He doesn't need the money! His dad made a boatload of money in the NFL and he himself will make a ton of money in the league. He should be focused on learning the playbook and being the best Cardinal he can be.


I have no idea how this gets resolved. It'll be interesting to see how long this drags out. It's not something that looks like it'll go away anytime soon.