Threatens Shirt Company
For Mocking Grayson Allen
4/1/2017 12:45 AM PDT
Duke University is going on the attack over t-shirts mocking their star basketball player, Grayson Allen … demanding the clothing company shut the shirt sale down ASAP.
The shirts pissing off the Blue Devils are being sold by Smack Apparel and feature a silhouette of a basketball player with the #3 jersey and the words, “Yo Grayson… Why You Trippin’?”
Duke fired off a cease and desist to Smack — claiming the company is using Grayson’s name and image without permission … and they’re threatening legal action if Smack doesn’t comply.
Smack ain’t exactly backing down … owner Wayne Curtiss shot back with a letter of his own to Duke’s lawyers claiming his right to create a satirical shirt is protected by the 1st Amendment.
Curtiss does, however, offer a compromise — he’ll fly out to Duke to ask 50 people if they believe the shirt is sponsored or endorsed by Duke or Grayson.
If more than 5 say ‘Yes,’ he’ll cease all production. If not, he wants to be reimbursed for his time and travel expenses.
Spoiler Alert — there’s no chance in hell Duke will agree. Seems like this fight is bound for court.