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Olympian Claims Nike Peed in His Money Pool

7/9/2009 1:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Just because you're not Michael Phelps doesn't mean anyone can just use your image any way they want.

Olympic hero Jason Lezak -- a seven-time Olympic medalist who is most remembered for swimming the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay at the Beijing Olympic Games -- is suing Nike (and a swimming apparel website) because he claims they used his image in an ad without his permission.

According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Lezak does not have a deal with either of them and has never received any payment for the ad.

He is seeking unspecified damages.

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RK    

FIRST

1828 days ago
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a    

FIRST LOSERS.

1828 days ago
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Billy Marx    

yes its true. i only bought my Nike's because of this dude. He deserves billions in damages....trillions even.

1828 days ago
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Michael Madsen    

He gave me a breast stroke.

1828 days ago
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alicia    

who cares

1828 days ago
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FreeTube TV    

Yeah I agree it is odd that they didn't get permission first, but it's kinda odd for him to create a harsh light on a former sponsor it makes people not want to work with you or casts a bad light on how he treats people who team up with him. He should have done it under closed doors or taken it to them directly by suing them it makes them think twice about sponsoring him in the future.

1828 days ago
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janey    

unfortunately monies made from shoe sales out weight legal costs like these. NIKE has and will keep doing this. All hail money hungry monkies.

1828 days ago
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MY offer is    

EXPOSE THE STORY AND STAY WITH IT.....THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP

1828 days ago
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Frog Man    

Nike is not a company blessed with the milk of human kindness.

1828 days ago
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Lizzer    

I have to take exception to Frogman's comments about Nike's lack of human kindness. I work at Nike, am there right now. I may not always agree with some of the decisions made by this company, but I stand by there rock solid reputation when it comes to helping others in need. Do you have any idea how many thousands & thousands of shoes we give to underprivileged children each year? How much food we donate to food banks? How many school supplies we give out to financially strapped school districts? How many lunches we put together and distribute to our local homeless groups? We do this on a regular schedule. These are not one-shot things that we do once and never do again. We also have an employee program where Nike will match us dollar-for-dollar when we donate to any non-profit organizations. I use this myself, many times a year to donate to my favorite animal sanctuaries. Like I said, I may not always agree with some of the business decisions made, but I stand behind the human kindess issue. Nike is the real deal when it comes to that.

1828 days ago
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Russ    

this is one very hot dude. I would definitely do his laundry, cook all of his meals and wash his feet for him. He oozes studliness.

1828 days ago
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SYLVI212    

13. I have to take exception to Frogman's comments about Nike's lack of human kindness. I work at Nike, am there right now. I may not always agree with some of the decisions made by this company, but I stand by there rock solid reputation when it comes to helping others in need. Do you have any idea how many thousands & thousands of shoes we give to underprivileged children each year? How much food we donate to food banks? How many school supplies we give out to financially strapped school districts? How many lunches we put together and distribute to our local homeless groups? We do this on a regular schedule. These are not one-shot things that we do once and never do again. We also have an employee program where Nike will match us dollar-for-dollar when we donate to any non-profit organizations. I use this myself, many times a year to donate to my favorite animal sanctuaries. Like I said, I may not always agree with some of the business decisions made, but I stand behind the human kindess issue. Nike is the real deal when it comes to that.

Posted at 3:55PM on Jul 9th 2009 by Lizzer

JUST BECAUSE NIKE DOES MANY GOOD DEEDS DOES NOT MEAN THEY CAN SLIP IN AN ILLEGAL ACT OR TWO IN BETWEEN GOOD DEEDS. USING SOMEONE'S LIKENESS AND/OR NAME WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION TO MAKE A SALE IS ILLEGAL. NIKE SHOULD PAY THE GUY FOR USE OF HIS FAME. IF NIKE IS SO DAMN GREAT, WHY DO THEY SNEAK AROUND AND USE SOMEONE'S LIKENESS/NAME WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION? NIKE IS HUGE, THEY DON'T NEED TO BE GREEDY.

1827 days ago
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