WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins threatened a lawsuit by sending a “cease and desist” letter to former Redskins linebacker Lavar Arrington, for using the phrase “Redskins great” in a promotional flyer for his summer football camp.
The flyer in question features — distributed by his own company, Xtreme Procision — features an image of Arrington in a Redskins uniform, and an invitation to “Register for a camp in a city near you” underscored with “Hosted by Redskins Great, LaVar Arrington.”
Labeling himself ‘great’ for promotional purposes doesn’t really seem up for debate, as Arrington — who played for Washington from 2000 to 2005 — was inducted by the team into the “80 Greatest Redskins” in an on-field pregame ceremony in 2012.
Upon receiving the cease and desist injunction Thursday, Arrington immediately took to Twitter.
Arrington, in New York City for the NFL Draft, called into his own radio show on 106.7 The Fan to explain the ordeal.
“Did you get a cease and desist from the Washington Redskins?” Chad Dukes asked.
“I did. I did,” Arrington said. “Here’s the funny thing. I don’t handle those things. It’s a company. I respect it. I mean, it’s fine. I just thought it was funny, that’s all.
“I got a call from one of my people that said a lawyer called and said they want a cease and desist on the flyer that went out, that had ‘Redskins great’ on it, and had a picture of me with Redskins colors on it – my Redskins uniform – that’s all. I just made light of it. I’m taking jabs at ‘em, but it’s all in good fun.”
“It’s just a picture of you that I’ve seen a hundred times before; are you at all surprised that they’re that sensitive about the whole thing?” Dukes asked.
“They won three games last year, man,” Arrington said. “It’s not like saying ‘Redskins great’ is going to sell out my camp. I mean, if I’m using ‘Redskins great,’ I mean, we didn’t win very many games when I was there, so I just thought I was doing them a favor. I thought we were in it together, Chad.”
“I’m sitting here looking at the television,” Arrington said. “They’re doing all kinds of recaps and preparing for who’s going to go in the draft tonight. I guess since [the Redskins]aren’t picking anybody tonight, I guess they figured they’d concentrate on other things. They did find another way. I mean I guess they figured Let’s pick on Lavar and see if he goes for it. And dang it, I took the cheese.”
I guess an alternative headline could be ‘Redskins Threaten to Sue Member of 80 Greatest Redskins for Calling Himself Redskins Great.’
Listen to Lavar explain the cease and desist below.