At what point is this considered overreaching, especially when the sponsor goes as far as to require athletes to only wear their brand, including underwear, but still allows them to wear other branded footwear and sunglasses.
However, now being sponsored by Brooks, it’s understandable that he would have questions regarding the dress stipulations. Of course he would want to clarify what constitutes a team function to avoid conflicting with his contractual obligations with Brooks.
While we're disappointed Nick Symmonds won't realize his dream to represent Team USA at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, we applaud his leadership in creating a dialogue around athletes' rights. We will continue to support him on and off the track as a passionate ambassador for our sport and out brand.
This precipitates the need for a revamping of what these athletes are paid to a fair wage if they’re expected to sell their soul to a specific sponsor and eschew their obligations to other sponsors.