The battle between Bellator and Eddie Alvarez continues to drag on, with litigation continuing and lots of shots being fired off via Twitter and interviews from Alvarez. With no end in sight, things are looking bleak, and Eddie was recently forced to sell one of his investment properties just to keep himself afloat.
Eddie believes that parent company, Viacom is behind his legal woes, more so than Bellator itself, and says that he feels that Bellator president, Bjorn Rebney, is just a mouthpiece for the promotion. It would seem that extricating himself from his contract will take an act of congress and quite possibly some spells and potions from Harry Potter.
In a recent interview with Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter, Alvarez discussed several issues that are currently sticking in his craw. The one that stuck out most to me was his account of the slick move to change the wording in his contract. The organization went a step further by skirting his manager and sent the reworded contract directly to Eddie, in hopes that he would sign it without reading, according to his accounting of the incident. Here's an excerpt from the interview, detailing it:
That's how they made it seem. But when they sent me my early release, they changed the wording in my original contract. They changed the wording "all terms matched" to "material terms." Because they know they cannot match all the terms of the UFC offer.
So I sent the contract to my manager, Glen Robinson. Glen and the attorneys right away told me, "Wait a minute." Viacom sent the contract for the release to my house. They sent it to my house, when they were supposed to go through my attorneys and my management. But they sent a different copy, a copy to my house, thinking that I would sign it and send it back.
I informed my management that I got the contract at my house. And I'll show you guys. We have it. And this is the whole case, to be honest with you. This is what the whole case is about. It's about matching. And what they did when they realized that this is going to be very tough, that they weren't going to be able to match it. They only way they were going to be able to match it was if they gave me an early release and changed the wording on the contract, and I would sign it.
I realize that this is Eddie's recounting of events, and that there are always two sides to every story, but if true, this opens up a whole new can of worms for Bellator. If nothing else, it serves as a screaming siren and warning signal to fighters looking to sign with the promotion, that ethics might not be at the top of their list of priorities. It's definitely a story that seems to get worse as it unfolds.