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NFL Peeved About Players (and Porn Stars) in Miami Club Ad

League is looking into trademark infringement

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A night out at a Miami club involving NFL players and porn stars doesn’t sound too out of the ordinary. But the advertisements for one such party have the NFL up in arms.

The Kansas City Star reported yesterday that the NFL is investigating a possible trademark infringement after images of five of its uniformed players—including Kansas City Chiefs players Brandon Flowers and Eric Berry, Houston Texan Kareem Jackson, Oakland Raider Jacoby Ford, and Chicago Bear Major Wright—appeared (along with six porn stars) on a flier advertising them as hosts of a party held at Club Play in Miami Beach on May 20 to kick off Exxxotica, a three-day adult-themed event.

Berry and Flowers both denied any involvement with the event and claimed that their names and images were used without their permission, although Flowers tweeted about the party several times leading up to the event, even tweeting “Club Play Tonight” on May 20. Jackson was the only player to admit to authorizing the use of his name, but said, “It was never explained to me (nor) did I ever authorize my name or likeness to be associated with Exxxotica Expo 2011. I’m appalled that my name and likeness were used in that capacity.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Star that the league is looking into the infringement issue, and said that the main concern is “the fact that players appear in their team uniforms.” McCarthy also said that the NFL’s legal department would probably send a cease-and-desist letter to Club Play, which “usually ends it.”