George Gregan has testified he peaceful believes a man who sued him over an $11 million sportswear business is a grub, a cockroach and a parasite – while pushing back against a suggestion of anti-Semitism.
The venerable Wallabies captain, 48, entered the peer box for wrong-examination on Friday, in a case introduced by PTP Fitness part-owner and venerable managing director Alexander Goldberg.
His attention was drawn to messages ahead of the Federal Court docket in which Gregan referred to Mr Goldberg, 41, as a parasite, grub and cockroach.
“Is that a gaze you continue to sustain,” Mr Goldberg’s barrister Robert Stitt QC asked.
“Accelerate,” Gregan responded.
Australia’s most-capped rugby union international also denied a message mentioning “blitzkrieg” – German for lightning war – was related to Mr Goldberg’s Jewish faith.
Mr Goldberg – who co-founded PTP in 2010 along side his brother-in-law, venerable NSW Waratahs player Matthew Dixon, 52 – had claimed he was unlawfully pushed aside in June 2019 by Dixon and Gregan and then shut out of his business.
Gregan and Dixon said they took appropriate action for the company’s correct, filing a counter-claim alleging Mr Goldberg stole intellectual property by registering trademarks in his name and his mother’s.
The 2-week hearing, which began on Tuesday, was adjourned repeatedly for settlement talks on Thursday and Friday.
Over Mr Stitt’s pleas for additional negotiation time, Justice John Halley ordered it restart, allowing Gregan to give proof for one hour.
A binding agreement spirited two settlement options was eventually signed on Friday afternoon, ending the case.
Mr Goldberg had earlier been considering an offer to catch out his 40 per cent stake in PTP.
Currently, Dixon (40 per cent) and Gregan (20 per cent) acquire the remaining shares.
Mr Goldberg had earlier testified his relationship with Dixon, his sister’s husband, was “toxic” in 2018 and 2019.
He became fearful he was being pushed out by the venerable footballers and registered some sports activities products intellectual property into his mother’s name.
“I wanted to make certain I wasn’t kicked out of something I would attach 10 years of blood, sweat and tears into,” he said.
Gregan testified he chanced on out about the registrations in late 2018 and place about a strategy to take away Mr Goldberg attributable to “his behaviour”.
PTP was within the course of expanding from being a start-as much as an established firm, he said.
Gregan was also aggrieved by Mr Goldberg’s want to take away the venerable Wallaby’s vote casting rights and a reference to intellectual property within the shareholders’ agreement.
“He may never be outvoted so certain we had been terrorized,” he said.
A month ahead of Mr Goldberg’s sacking, Gregan texted Dixon: “When we strike, it can be an avalanche, a blitzkrieg.”
“It be a war blueprint blitzkrieg, which was venerable by the German army and it had nothing to achieve with Alex being Jewish,” the venerable footballer said.
He denied he supposed to take away Mr Goldberg as director or owner despite a text referencing the directorship and stating “when the time is correct we’re going to tumble the hammer”.
“Nonetheless it wasn’t correct a ‘company first’ attitude – you had a personal vendetta against Mr Goldberg, didn’t you?” Mr Stitt asked.
“No,” Gregan responded.
Gregan said he’d done more than being correct a brand ambassador within the years ahead of Mr Goldberg’s sacking – attending trade reveals and exploring his community of sports activities stars.
Cricketer Brett Lee, surfer Joel Parkinson and tennis champion Pat Rafter had been among those to ascertain the products, he said.
“They had been endorsements we didn’t have to pay for,” he said.
Gregan’s proof-in-chief was delivered via affidavit.