CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A lawsuit filed in July in Charleston County states that former Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert and the promoters of a Lowcountry charity fishing tournament didn't pay out the prize money to the winners.
The tournament, called the Tolbert Celebrity Spade Foundation Inshore Challenge, took place on May 18-19, 2018. The 12 defendants named in the lawsuit all say they placed high enough in the tournament to earn prize money after paying a $750 entry fee.
Just one day after the tournament, Tolbert signed autographs and made an appearance at Saltwater Cowboys on Shem Creek.
According to the suit, the advertised prize money included $30,000 for first place, $15,000 for second place, $10,000 for third place and varying amounts all the way down to ninth place in the tournament. The anglers say they entered into a binding contract by paying the entry fee to be entitled to their winnings.
Tolbert and the foundation were deceptive and unfair, the suit states and the anglers are seeking to be paid their winnings as well as any other damages determined by a jury for breach of contract and unfair trade practices.