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NFL investigating porn event advertisement

Posted on: June 15, 2011 12:29 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 12:32 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you’re going to feature an NFL player in an advertisement for your business or your event, you’d better not show that player in his uniform. Otherwise, the NFL, ever-vigilant about protecting its intellectual property rights, is going to pay you a visit and order ask you to stop.

Yes, that applies to you even if you’re promoting porn.

As ABC 7 News in Chicago reports, the NFL is investigating an advertisement for the Exxxotica Expo (apparently, the world’s largest gathering of porn stars that occurred last month in Chicago) that features five NFL players in uniform.

Among the players who appear in the ad for a kickoff show in Miami: Bears S Major Wright, Chiefs DBs Brandon Flowers and Eric Berry, Texans DB Kareem Jackson and Raiders WR Jacoby Ford. Also, the names of recent draft picks Daniel Thomas, Anthony Allen and Corey Liuget were featured.

For the record, Ford tweeted today: “I wasn’t even in town” for the event.

"Our legal team is reviewing the ad. In general, companies not affiliated with the NFL or its clubs may not depict a player in his uniform" NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the TV station.

All of which leads us to this important conclusion: promoting porn, no matter how pure your intentions, usually just leads you to trouble. Especially if you’re wearing an official uniform.*

*Unless the uniform is that of a pizza delivery man, a naughty nurse, etc, etc.

UPDATED 12:47 p.m. ET: Chad Speck, Berry's agent, told Pro Football Talk that Berry wasn't involved with the party.

“Eric did not attend and had no knowledge of this event, and he certainly did not approve the use of his name and image in connection with the party,” Speck said.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2011 8:48 pm
 

NFL investigating porn event advertisement

I stand corrected I was thinking Jacoby Jones = Texans




Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2011 10:25 am
 

NFL investigating porn event advertisement

@ Die Hard Saint:

I think you may be thinking of some other player.  Jacoby Ford doesn't/hasn't owned a Texans uniform (unless it's a replica he bought off of NFL.com or something, which would seem like an odd thing to do).  He was drafted in 2010 by the Raiders, and played for them as a rookie last year (and is still with them).  He's never played for any other NFL team.

That being said, you're absolutely right.  This time of year is desperately slow for football news even in the best of times... a fact compounded by the total lack of football activity brought on by the lockout.  On the bright side, at least we aren't being bludgeoned with daily non-news about Brett Favre's waffling like we were in June the last 4-5 years.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2011 10:14 am
 

NFL investigating porn event advertisement

And to add insult to injury (or insult to insult, I guess in this case), they even got his team wrong in the article:

and Texans WR



Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: June 16, 2011 10:07 am
 

NFL investigating porn event advertisement

No matter what the incident is, they will always single out the Raider and put his picutre up.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2011 9:34 am
 

NFL investigating porn event advertisement

“Eric did not attend and had no knowledge of this event, and he certainly did not approve the use of his name and image in connection with the party,” Speck said.
Wouldn't it be refrshing to hear a player agent (or player) come out and say something like, "Eric finds pornography objectionable and certainly does not approve or condone in any way the use of images that objectify and degrade women. Further. Eric disapproves of any media form which reduces sex to nothing more than a recreational activity, no more meaningful than riding a bike or throwing darts. He rejects this cheapening of humanity's most precious encounter and encourages everyone to join him in his resolve to reserve this most intimate physical embrace for only those monogamous relationships characterized by a vow to lifelong commitment."

Wow! Wouldn't that make some headlines: Athlete endorses respect, love and virtue!




Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 10:24 pm
 

NFL investigating porn event advertisement

The picture of Jacoby Ford was most likely in his texans uniform guys... but the bigger point is the news is reaching at this point it is very apparent how we thirst for anything football because as much as you b!tch at his stupid article you clicked the link to waste 5 minutes of your life.


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