🍋 Brady & Steph in FTX Mess
Tom Brady and Steph Curry endorsed FTX. But these endorsements are coming under further scrutiny during crypto winter.
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1. Story of the Day: Brady & Steph in FTX Mess
It's not a good year to be Tom Brady. After his high-profile divorce, both he and his ex-wife are now under legal investigation for their endorsements of FTX.
The Brady’s also joined NBA star Steph Curry in endorsing FTX. Crypto companies have been hiring celebrities for endorsements over the past few years. But these endorsements are coming under further scrutiny during crypto winter.
Regulators want to start treating crypto endorsements like they’re securities. If that becomes the case, Brady and Steph could be in a bit of trouble. Some think Brady and Steph misrepresented their due diligence in their endorsements, and others are wondering if they made the right disclosures.
Regulators allege SBF targeted ‘unsophisticated investors’ like sports stars and celebrities to endorse the company and its tokens. But that doesn't mean celebrities are immune from any wrongdoing. Bitter investors also named Brady, Gisele, and Curry in class-action lawsuits related to the FTX debacle.
Takeaway: Crypto might still be in the wild west, but regulators and investors think differently. Looks like SBF will take down a lot of people (& customer funds) with him as his FTX empire collapses.
Regulators cracked down on Kim K.'s improper crypto endorsement a few months ago, and Brady and Curry could suffer the same fate. On the due diligence part, if the VCs, who are paid to do diligence, can't do it, what hope is there for a quarterback and a point guard?
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