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SBD/June 16, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NFL Investigating Use Of Players' Images, Team Jerseys To Promote Adult-Themed Party
Published June 16, 2011
GIVING THEIR SIDE OF THE STORY: In Miami, David Neal notes Dolphins draftee Daniel Thomas, Ravens draftee Anthony Allen and Chargers draftee Corey Liuget were among the players to “issue statements distancing themselves from advertisements" for the party. Thomas in a statement through his agent, Sean Kiernan, said, “I had no knowledge of the event and did not authorize the use of my name for this party and will pursue all remedies available to me to protect the use of my name.” Mitch Frankel, Wright’s agent, issued a statement that said Wright “authorized his name and image to be used in association with a party he thought was hosted by other NFL players and didn’t know it would have any association with Exxxotica Expo.” Wright’s statement also “apologized for the usage of a photo of him in his Bears uniform, but said he didn’t authorize that, either” (MIAMI HERALD, 6/16). Jackson in a statement released through his agent, Tony Fleming, said, “I authorized my name to be used at that club with the understanding that it was going to be a party hosted by NFL Players. It was never explained to me (nor) did I ever authorize my name or likeness to be associated with Exxxotica Expo 2011” (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/16).
NO SURPRISE HERE: In San Diego, Tim Sullivan writes this incident “would seem to be a scandal with the approximate shelf life of unrefrigerated dairy.” Sullivan: “If you’re not a hysterical talk show host or a professional prude, the idea of athletes associating with women who specialize in exposed skin is not a news flash but a cliché. If some of those athletes are sufficiently dumb or inadequately diligent to allow their names to be used in the same ad that promotes an after-party for the adult expo ‘Exxxotica,’ that’s not a crime and perhaps not even proof of a character flaw” (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 6/16).