Cristiano Ronaldo is being sued for promoting cryptocurrency firm Binance. The suit claims the trading platform sold unregistered securities.
Furthermore, the plaintiffs claim they incurred losses from Ronaldo’s promotion on Binance. Let’s find out more about this news
Cristiano Ronaldo Has Been Sued for Promoting Binance
Binance, like most crypto firms, has struck partnerships with several A-list athletes, including Ronaldo. The 38-year-old became a Binance ambassador in 2022. He took part in multiple campaigns with the exchange, including launching his own NFT series. However. he’s now facing a lawsuit for that promotion campaign.
The lawsuit was filed in a United States district court in Florida. It claims that “Ronaldo’s promotions solicited or helped Binance solicit investments in unregistered securities, encouraging his millions of followers, fans, and supporters to invest with the Binance platform.”
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The suit claims that some users who enrolled in Ronaldo’s NFTs were more inclined to use Binance for other needs. This includes investing in alleged unregistered securities. The complaints claim Ronaldo should have known “about Binance selling unregistered crypto securities” due to his “investment experience and vast resources to obtain outside advisers.”
More About Ronaldo’s Lawsuit
According to the complaint, Ronaldo’s influence and reach were a major factor in Binance’s rising popularity. The football star has 850 million followers on social media. In addition, the plaintiffs claim that Ronaldo’s NFT sales were “incredibly successful” in boosting the exchange. They cited a 500% spike in searches for Binance in the week that followed the first sale.
Furthermore, the complaint alleges that Ronaldo failed to disclose the money he received for promoting cryptocurrencies. They cited previous instructions from the SEC demanding influencers to do so.
This Is Not the Only Case of Celebrities’ Lawsuits
The case highlights the responsibility and possible liability influencers and celebrities face when promoting assets such as cryptocurrencies. Interestingly, Ronaldo is not the only celebrity to have been sued for promoting crypto platforms. Others, like Shaquille O’Neal, Tom Brady, Floyd Mayweather, and Kim Kardashian, have faced lawsuits for their ties with the crypto platforms.
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Last year, Kim agreed to a $1.26 million settlement with the SEC and opted not to promote cryptocurrency for three years. The SEC accused the reality star of failing to disclose that she received a $250,000 payment to promote EthereumMax on her Instagram account.