July 11, 2006
Baton Rouge, LA (CSTV U-WIRE) -- The X-Man wears Nike.
Former LSU sprinter Xavier Carter and Nike have come to an agreement to sponsor Carter in his professional career. Carter turned down offers from Reebok and signed with Nike shoe apparel company late last week in what could be the largest contract ever for a track athlete coming out of school.
"Xavier signed with Nike because they offered more on the table," said Robert Myer, Carter's uncle. "Nike is a bigger name that can market Xavier. X-man is extremely marketable and catchy, especially with shoes and things of that sort."
No final contract has been constructed and it could take up to four months to hammer out details according to Nike. The shoe apparel company does not disclose contract negotiations or agreements, but it is believed Nike will provide a contract with numerous incentives, including a shoe and tuition to finish his degree at the University.
Total Sports Management is negotiating Carter's contract.
Because Carter is now sponsored, the Palm Bay, Fla., native kicked off his professional career on Friday when he picked up his first pro victory, winning the 100-meter dash at the 20th annual EAA Spitzenleichtathletik in Lucerne, Switzerland. He finished in 10.11 seconds, fending off Jamaica's Ainsley Waugh who earned runner-up honors in 10.15. Carter's time is the second fastest of his career and is just shy of his personal best of 10.09 posted last month at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif.
"I felt good," Carter said to the International Association of Athletics Federation. "I have no regret for my decision to focus on sprinting rather than American football. This year I want to get the best of my capabilities. I will now run the 200 meters in Lausanne and the 400 meters in Rome."
The "X-Man" will continue his tour of Europe this week as he is scheduled to run the 200 meter dash at the Athletissima 2006 in Lausanne, Switzerland today. He will face some of track's best athletes such as World Championship silver medalist and U.S. champion, Wallace Spearmon, and World junior record holder, Usain Bolt.
Following that race, Carter will travel to Rome on Friday for the Golden Gala, where he is expected to run in the 400 meters.
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