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January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Vincent Smith (2) reacts on the field after he was tackled by South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (not pictured) and forced a fumble during the second half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Michigan Wolverines 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jadeveon Clowney's "likeness" used to illegally advertise turkey avocado wraps

It appears that a restaurant called the Daniel Island Grill is stirring up bit of trouble with its latest turkey avocado wrap. See, the wrap is named after Jadeveon Clowney, the superstar defensive end of the South Carolina Gamecocks, which is a violation of the NCAA’s well-known rule restricting athletes’ names from appearing on sandwiches. Because amateurism.

The restaurant also offers”Tajh Boyd Chicken Quesadillas” and the “Sammy Watkins Reuben.” By labeling their products this way, the restaurant is causing the players and their respective schools to be at risk of violating NCAA Bylaw 12.5.2.2: “Use of a Student-Athlete’s Name or Picture Without Knowledge or Permission.”

The rule:

If a student-athlete’s name or picture appears on commercial items (e.g., T-shirts, sweatshirts, serving trays, playing cards, posters, photographs) or is used to promote a commercial product sold by an individual or agency without the student-athlete’s knowledge or permission, the student-athlete (or the institution acting on behalf of the student-athlete) is required to take steps to stop such an activity in order to retain his or her eligibility for intercollegiate athletics (Post and Courier).

According to representatives from the schools, both Clemson and South Carolina have already taken the necessary legal steps to get the names changed. Now I know the NCAA gets a lot of flack for appearing like a manipulative and exploitative corporate entity, but I think we can all be thankful that they’re keeping us safe from the dangers of improperly named food items.

[Source: Post and Courier]

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