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NFL Legend to EA -- What Can You Do for Brown?

8/1/2008 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hall of Fame football legend Jim Brown says game-makers are out of bounds for using his likeness in one of their video games, and wants some coin for it.

Brown doesn't say which game exactly, but alleges in a lawsuit that a character in one of EA's football games "looks like him," wears the same number -- 32 -- and plays on a team called the All-Brown team, (referring to his team, the Cleveland Browns -- no relation.) He wants Sony and EA to quit getting a "free ride" from his name and seeks unspecified damages.

Sony and EA didn't comment.

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Ned    

I've been involved with several Celebrity Events that Jim Brown has been at and he is definitely the ANGRY BLACK MAN!! He won't sign an autograph unless he is getting paid for it!! I don't mean paid for his appearance only but he won't sign unless he is getting paid for EACH autograph too...He is very racist towards whites and is a MISERABLE MAN to be around....

2218 days ago
2.

Luke Warmwater    

A total whiner from day one. He black, you know.....

2218 days ago
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Knock It Off    

TO NED AND LUKE WARMWATER HE IS MISERABLE BECAUSE HE CAN'T ACT. WHEN YOU CAN'T ACT. YOU DON'T GET PAID.

2218 days ago
4.

marleyfu    

Jim Brown was one of the best! He deserves remuneration if the likeness is as close as described.

I loved him in I'm Gonna Get You Sucka!

2218 days ago
5.

Black Teef    

The man is a legend. Pay him. I admire few people. Jim Brown is one of them. Trip Hawkins, pay Jim Brown.

2218 days ago
6.

MrEKO    

If Jim wins his case the NCAA and EA Sports and 2k better watch out. These games have been using the likeness of college basketball players and their jesrsey numbers on games for years. They use the same height, wheight, player postiona and race. But, they dont use the players name- because, ya know, these guys are "amatures" These college kids dont see a dime from these multi-million dollar companies.

2218 days ago
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horhay    

The reason EA does not use names but numbers for games like NCAA and in Madden the All (insert team name here) teams is so they do not have to pay them for using their likenesses

2218 days ago
8.

john wayne gacy    


didn't realize a brown man playing a
sport wearing a jersey warrants a likeness.

they ALL look the same.........

2218 days ago
9.

Beebs    

The games by EA are licensed from the NFL and also by the NCAA so they are used with permission. 2k Sports games do not have the licenses so they are the ones who uses the likeness of the players without using their names. Also, the games are on Xbox and Sony Playstation. Going after the gaming companies is stupid because they are not the ones who put out the games. He should maybe do some research about these first before filing a lawsuit since he's actually suing the wrong game company.

2218 days ago
10.

Crabby    

I hate when rich people steal from other rich people!

2218 days ago

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