Jadeveon Clowney and his agent, Bus Cook, threatened to sue a sandwich shop over its sign, which is located in Clowney’s hometown of Rock Hill, South Carolina.
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According to WRHI radio in Rock Hill, the shop’s owner, Charlie Ruffalo, changed the sign out front to read: “Hurry in for our Jadeveon Clowney sub, it goes really fast.”
Ruffalo changed the sign after Clowney got pulled over for two speeding tickets in December, and Clowney’s agent called the shop’s owner and threatened to sue, via WRHI.com.
“He threatened to file an injunction to get me to take it down,” Ruffalo said. “I explained to him, ‘If you want to spend the time, effort and money of your client to take it down, I’ll do it for free if you are a nice guy.’
“It’s a play on [Clowney’s] two speeding tickets,” Ruffalo said. “If we did have such a sub and if it was endorsed by him, it would go really fast as in sales. It’s just a play on words.”
Cook then defended his actions to WRHI.
“I’ve been doing this business for twenty-something years,” Cook said. “I’ve never known people to arbitrarily and openly take somebody’s name and use it for their benefit without getting permission. And that’s what this is.”
Clowney and Cook have a point, and Ruffalo changed the sign Monday.
Here's the Sub Station II sign in Rock Hill that pokes fun at Jadeveon Clowney's speeding tickets: pic.twitter.com/OkZ1n4KjFE
— Sara Jane Harris (@SaraJaneHarris) January 23, 2014
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