A man who was convicted of printing Super Bowl shirts and passing them off as NFL authentics was sentenced to six months in federal prison.
Willie Bernard Smith, also known as Willie “Chill Will” Smith, sold pirate NFL shirts outside the Super Bowl in Tampa last year. He pleaded guilty in November to trafficking in counterfeit merchandise.
Tampa police reportedly saw Smith selling Super Bowl shirts in a parking lot near Raymond James Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday in 2009. The shirts had the NFL logo but weren’t real NFL shirts — and Smith had already been involved in counterfeiting and ordered to cease and desist using the NFL logo.
In addition to six months in prison, Smith was ordered to forfeit shirts and screening equipment and stay out of the merchandising business.