Lawsuit against Ravens’ Robert Griffin III dismissed; ex-agent had claimed breach of contract

A U.S. District Court judge in Missouri on Wednesday dismissed a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed against Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III by his former agent, according to court records obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

Agent Ben Dogra filed suit in March 2019 in an attempt to recoup nearly $659,000 in unpaid commissions from Griffin related to marketing and endorsement agreements from 2014 to 2016. Griffin had initially agreed to pay Dogra's employer, CAA Sports, a 15% commission on marketing and endorsement deals negotiated on his behalf, according to court records. 

Complications arose when CAA Sports fired Dogra in 2014. Griffin remained with Dogra and severed ties with CAA Sports, but both entities then sent him invoices for marketing commissions in 2014 and 2015, according to court records.

A lawsuit against Ravens backup QB Robert Griffin III has been dismissed. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan, USA TODAY Sports)

Though an arbitrator later determined that Dogra was entitled to the unpaid commissions, neither the agent nor CAA Sports immediately pursued a lawsuit. In a court document filed Wednesday, Missouri District Judge Stephen R. Clark wrote that the two entities "treated the filing of suit like a hot potato."

Clark ultimately ruled in Griffin's favor in part because the initial agreement was made in California and the state's statute of limitations has expired.

"This ruling is a significant victory for RG3, and we thank him for entrusting Meister Seelig & Fein to defend him in this hard-fought litigation," Griffin's attorneys, Kevin Fritz and Mitchell Schuster, said in a statement provided to USA TODAY Sports on Thursday.

Dogra and his attorneys did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.

Griffin, 30, was drafted No. 2 overall by Washington in 2012 after winning a Heisman Trophy during his collegiate career at Baylor. He is now Lamar Jackson's backup in Baltimore.

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