Clemson sends cease-and-desist letters to businesses using players' names, images

Local convenience store, Charleston area restaurant in violation of NCAA bylaw

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd greets fans after the Tigers won 26-19 at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd greets fans after the Tigers won 26-19 at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

Clemson's compliance office has issued cease-and-desist letters to business owners displaying the names and images of current Tiger football players without their knowledge or permission.

Tajh Boyd was pictured on an advertising flyer by a convenience store in Clemson, while Boyd's name, as well as that of teammate Sammy Watkins, was being used on menu items by the Daniel Island Grille in Charleston.

Among the Daniel Island Grille's menu items are the “Tajh Boyd Chicken Quesadillas” priced at $8.99 and the "Sammy Watkins Reuben" for $9.99, as well as the Clowney Turkey Avocado Wrap for $8.99.

Clemson sports information director Tim Bourret told Charleston Post and Courier that Clemson's compliance office was made aware on Tuesday of Boyd’s likeness on the menu without his or the university’s consent, and that a member of the compliance staff spoke with a restaurant owner, who said the item would be removed from the menu.

Clemson followed up with the usual protocol of an official cease-and-desist letter.

In regard to Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina sports information director Steve Fink told the Post and Courier that "we were unaware that Jadeveon’s name was being used in this manner. We will follow up and take the appropriate actions necessary.”

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rsb8931#286014 writes:

What is the college football world coming to. I want my Sammy burger or I'm not eaten at that place. I want my Tajh BBQ sandwich or I'm gonna sue that place. This is a bunch of crap and if I was the restaurant I would just slightly changed the spelling of their names and nobody could do anything about it in no court in this land would hear a suit. Lucky the restaurant owners are Clemson fans, I guess. I sometimes get on a rant over stupid things like this, so just ignore my comment like I feel sure most of you will.

Clemorange writes:

Seems to me it shouldn't be a big deal, I mean it's exposure. What's wrong with somebody not knowing who these players are and googling it as they are standing in line.

rsb8931#286014 writes:

in response to Clemorange:

Seems to me it shouldn't be a big deal, I mean it's exposure. What's wrong with somebody not knowing who these players are and googling it as they are standing in line.

You're right. This is an overreaction by Clemson to the mess with EA Sports and the NCAA, I think. I guess Clemson just wants to make sure they stay clear of anything that may bring down the hypocritical wrath of the NCAA. I would love to fight the NCAA over something this ridiculous. I honestly think some of these big football conferences are on the verge of telling the NCAA to go have "fun with themselves" if you know what I mean!! 5 or 6 of these big conferences should all get together and say they no longer will live by the NCAA rules and make up their own governing body that is not nearly as stupid as the NCAA.

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