Injury to Houston Texan star sidelines unusual IPO

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm •  Published: November 12, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A season-ending injury to Houston Texan running back Arian Foster has also sidelined an IPO proposing to sell a stake in the football star's future.

Tuesday's postponement of the initial public offering comes less than month after San Francisco startup Fantex Inc. announced an unusual deal that would have allowed people to invest in Foster, one of the top running backs in the National Football League.

Fantex warned prospective investors that the IPO posed significant risks, a point that it didn't take long for the violent sport of football to vividly illustrate.

Foster, 27, suffered a hamstring injury in his first game after Fantex began promoting the IPO. When he returned to the field for the Texans next game on Nov. 3, Foster hurt his back so badly that it will require season-ending surgery to repair. Although back pain had caused Foster to miss much of the Texans' training camp, he had been among the NFL's leading rushers until the latest injury.

Fantex is still hoping Foster will have a fruitful football career, enabling the company to resurrect the IPO in the future.

"We continue to support Arian and his brand, and we wish him well in his recovery, said Fantex CEO Buck French.

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