As Publicist for the Family of LT Michael Murphy I was approached by John Stiener, the owner of Infidel USA on July 23, 2011 proposing a Murph The Protector t-shirt with ALL proceeds benefitting Michael’s Foundation. By all accounts the shirt was a hit, but I would never know exactly because I was never given the sales figures as to what exactly was sold as promised. After endless emails, text messages and phone calls asking for his payment to the Foundation, of which there had been only a few, I threatened to sue Infidel USA. That is when John’s Mom called and intervened on his behalf. She felt that it was unfair that 100% of the proceeds go to that Foundation and that John should be entitled to some. I explained to her that the agreement had been otherwise and that the memorial tee was bringing him new business. I further explained that it was an agreement that he presented. Also, I reminded her that he was promoting the tee the whole time as benefiting Michael’s Foundation when in fact only a few payments had been made. A year and a half later NO accounting of sales had been made available to me and as it appears from this that John was using all the Murph The Protector profits to expand his company. This is by his own admission in communications with me. Regardless of John’s promises to the foundation, John’s mom made the following agreement with me. She asked that she be given one week and she would provide me with the amount of shirts sold and the rest of the money owed to the Foundation. In addition would I allow one last print run of the shirt before I terminated the agreement. I told her that I would not make a decision on the last print run until the monies were paid and the accounting of all sales was provided to me. Approximately one week later payment was made for what I was told was the sale figures of all the Murph t-shirts. However, I have no way of knowing this to be accurate or not as I was not provided with an accounting of the sales as promised. John and his Mom requested that they be allowed to go ahead with one final print run of the shirt and with that we would part ways. I agreed, with the understanding that the accounting of sales would be forthcoming. As I previously mentioned this still has not happened. John only paid the foundation for part of this final print run. I of course sent him countless emails and text messages as well as tried to call and collect the money, but to no avail. I was forced to reimburse Michael’s Foundation with my own money as I felt responsible for making such a poor business decision.
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