MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell may be on the hook for a $5 million payout after the winner of his “Prove Mike Wrong Challenge” took him to arbitration for breach of contract, the Associated Press reported.
Last week, the arbitration panel ordered Lindell to cough up the $5 million prize to software engineer Robert Zeidman after Zeidman entered the “Prove Mike Wrong Challenge” and proved that the so-called “evidence” Lindell presented about the 2020 presidential election was wrong.
During Lindell’s “Cyber Symposium” in August 2021 in which the MyPillow chief promoted his false claims about manipulated voting machines during the 2020 election, Lindell offered a $5 million reward to anyone who could prove that the data he revealed, including supposed “packet captures,” were not valid data from the election.
Zeidman took up the challenge and submitted a 15-page report concluding that Lindell’s data did not include “packet data of any kind” nor did it contain “any information related to the November 2020 election.”
But the panel of judges in the rigged contest, which included Lindell, refused to name Zeidman the winner of the “Prove Mike Wrong Challenge.”
Zeidman filed for arbitration under the rules of the contest and an evidentiary hearing was held in Minneapolis in January. And last Wednesday, the three arbitrators ordered that Lindell pay the $5 million prize to Zeidman.
In their decision, the arbitrators wrote that Zeidman proved that Lindell’s data “unequivocally did not reflect” the election data from November 2020. They said by failing to pay Zeidman the $5 million prize, Lindell was in breach of the contract and gave Lindell 30 days to pony up.
In a statement on Thursday, Zeidman said the arbitrators “clearly saw” what he did that the data Lindell presented at the Cyber Symposium “was not at all” what Lindell claimed it was.
But in a statement to the Associated Press, Lindell said he doesn’t have any intention of paying Zeidman, adding that he expects the dispute to end up in court.