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Locked Out NFL Players Can’t Even Appear In Porn Event Ads While In Uniform Anymore

It doesn’t even seem fair: NFL players, locked out, trying to pass the time, decide to be pseudo hosts of a pornography event and when said porno event uses their likenesses in their NFL uniforms, the league gets all pissy about it. The heck, right?

But apparently such a hullabaloo appears to be in the offing after an image of Chicago Bears safety Major Right, as well as other NFL players including Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Brandon Flowers (not the guy from The Killers), appeared in a promotional poster for last month’s Exxxotica Expo 2011 in Miami. The league is currently investigating, because hey, it’s not like they have anything more important to focus on.

Via WLS-TV:

“The NFL office works on behalf of the clubs to protect their intellectual property rights in matters such as this” said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy after receiving a copy of an ad first disclosed by the ABC7 I-Team. The ad for last month’s Exxxotica Expo 2011 in Miami showed photos of five NFL players in their team uniforms. Among them was Bears safety Major Wright, a Miami native.

“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” said McCarthy.

Fair enough. While I can see why the NFL would want to take such a firm stance regarding the unlicensed, unauthorized use of its brand, it’s not like the players showed up at the event dressed in full uniform, although that would have been pretty cool. Further, perhaps the NFL shouldn’t take such a shortsighted position on this issue. NFL + Hardcore Porn? Imagine how much money the NFL could make on such a partnership. I mean, talk about an “untapped” market, so to speak.

NFL looks into porn event ad featuring Chicago Bear [WLS-TV]