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Safety Major Wright Issues Statement Over Being Used in an Ad for a Porn Expo


The NFL is investigating the use of league trademarks in an advertisement for “Exxxotica Expo 2011”, a porn event held last month in Miami, Chicago’s ABC affiliate WLS-TV reports.

“The NFL office works on behalf of the clubs to protect their intellectual property rights in matters such as this,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said. “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.”

Five NFL players were featured, in uniform, in the ads: Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers and safety Eric Berry, Bears safety Major Wright, Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson, and Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford.

2011 draft picks Anthony Allen (Baltimore), Corey Liuget (San Diego) and Daniel Thomas (Miami) were also listed on the ad.

In a statement released by his agent, Mitch Frankel, Wright apologized for his lack of judgment.

Via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times:

“I want to set the record straight in reference to news reports on my involvement at an event that took place on May 20 in Miami, Fla., at Club Play. I authorized my name and likeness to be used in conjunction with other NFL players at a party I believed to be hosted by other NFL players. I had no knowledge and never would have given authority for my name or likeness to be associated with Exotica Expo 2011. I am deeply disappointed that my name and likeness was manipulated by the promoters of this event. The use of my picture in a Chicago Bear uniform was never discussed or approved.

“It is unfortunate that this incident has occurred and I would like to let the Bears organization, our fans, my teammates, family and friends know that I am truly sorry. I have learned a valuable lesson and will use more prudent judgement with people I associated myself with in the future.”

The NFL is also looking into a similar copyright infringement situation involving Titans running back Chris Johnson, former Jaguars wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker, and Chargers linebacker Brandon Siler.


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