We partially scoffed in November at the idea of Johnny Manziel trademarking his widely used “Johnny Football” nickname. It turns out that the Heisman-winning QB may have been right to do so.
On February 15, JMAN2 Enterprises LLC filed suit against Eric Vaughn in Texas state court for selling shirts that stated “Keep Calm and Johnny Football.” According to the Southeast Texas Record, Vaughn is accused of trademark infringement under the Lanham Act, Texas unfair competition, including right of publicity, palming off and misappropriation.
An interesting, added wrinkle to this story comes courtesy of ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
NCAA tells Texas A&M that if Johnny Manziel sues for “Johnny Football” rights and wins damages, he can keep that $.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) February 23, 2013
Johnny Manziel: Uber-talented Texas A&M quarterback and sound businessman.