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Six months in prison for selling knock-off Super Bowl shirts

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.

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35 Responses to “Six months in prison for selling knock-off Super Bowl shirts”
  1. Voxy Moron says: Mar 5, 2010 8:51 PM

    didnt stallworth get like a 1/6 of that for killing somebody

  2. blitzburgh1 says: Mar 5, 2010 8:53 PM

    And Donte Stallworth got 30 days in prison for killing a man with his car. Nice.

  3. last starfighter says: Mar 5, 2010 8:54 PM

    Freaking crazy. The NFL sees to it that its players who commit felonies like manslaughter etc., get much shorter sentences or simply fines.

  4. Skin_Flute says: Mar 5, 2010 8:56 PM

    Big Willie Style.

  5. Contra says: Mar 5, 2010 8:56 PM


  6. Queenie273 says: Mar 5, 2010 8:57 PM

    As long as they weren’t prices as high as the darn shirts, they sell on the nfl site. I just can’t see paying 65.00 for a t shirt with the name of a football team on it. Get them within the price range, people can afford, in this day and time, and they’d sell more.

  7. TryTheVeal says: Mar 5, 2010 8:58 PM

    Will PFT writers be getting time for being Knock-off journalists?

  8. ManCrushBeastMode says: Mar 5, 2010 8:58 PM

    yeah no shit our legal system is a joke. did they arrest anyone they saw buying “counterfeit” materials?

  9. Favre2Harvin says: Mar 5, 2010 8:59 PM

    Wow, Mike Tice in trouble again…

  10. JohnnyH says: Mar 5, 2010 9:01 PM

    Stallworth would have gotten more time if Reyes was an offically licensed NFL merchandiser.

  11. BengalBruce says: Mar 5, 2010 9:01 PM

    6 months for T-Shirts?
    I am really starting to HATE the NFL.
    That is absurd!

  12. tj.52 says: Mar 5, 2010 9:02 PM

    Voxy Moron says:
    didnt stallworth get like a 1/6 of that for killing somebody
    @Voxy Moron :
    These days it’s not the crime, it’s who you commit it against.

  13. BengalBruce says: Mar 5, 2010 9:05 PM

    Are you kidding me?
    I am staring to HATE the NFL!

  14. Wiseman says: Mar 5, 2010 9:09 PM

    This type of crap will get no mainstream media coverage like it should, this is a pathetic excuse for the miscarriage of justice and a perfect example of double standards in the legal system.

  15. phillyeagleschamps says: Mar 5, 2010 9:16 PM

    There goes our relationship with the Koreans.

  16. joelvis72 says: Mar 5, 2010 9:27 PM

    Um, what about the part where he’d been involved in counterfeiting before this and was specifically ordered not to use the NFL logo?

  17. Mike Rendahl says: Mar 5, 2010 9:37 PM

    Don’t mess with the NFL. Sell rip off NFL shirts and you just might get the death penalty

  18. lebowski says: Mar 5, 2010 9:39 PM

    I think it was actually ‘Chilly Willy’ selling all those pre-printed Viking Superbowl shirts he ordered… oops.

  19. DallasFan in NY says: Mar 5, 2010 9:44 PM

    The NFL didn’t put the guy behind bars; it was our wonderful judicial system that did. Blame the system, not the NFL.

  20. bh103 says: Mar 5, 2010 9:51 PM

    Obviously most of you don’t own a business.

  21. The Notorious V.I.C. says: Mar 5, 2010 9:52 PM

    Florio, you might want to be careful and not say “counterfeit Super Bowl T-shirts” in your article.
    Instead, use the generic phrase “counterfeit Big Game T-shirts”.
    I wouldn’t want the almighty Big Brother NFL to crack down on you for using their trademark phrase and send you off to prison for 6 months.
    Well, on second thought, I actually would. Go ahead and keep saying “Super Bowl”.

  22. Thor says: Mar 5, 2010 9:53 PM

    Oh, the latest miscarriage of justice is our moron federal government is prosecuting 3 SEALs who allegedly tried to punch some terrorist.
    This country is going to hell in a hand basket. I’m like everybody else and thought of Donte Stallworth.

  23. zllabnkcoc says: Mar 5, 2010 9:57 PM

    Talk about a victimless crime. He’s obviously just a poor guy struggling to get by. There is almost no correlation between legality and morality anymore.
    (Reading the other comments, I don’t need to mention Stallworth)
    What a country.

  24. TFBuckFutter says: Mar 5, 2010 9:58 PM

    Hey, has anyone mentioned Donte Stallworth yet?
    Or that Ochocinco means eight-five?

  25. Route36West says: Mar 5, 2010 10:12 PM

    Ya right he will be back in bussiness next year. He will just have his cousin or somebody out on the streets doing the hand to hands while he buys and gets to goods made.

  26. GoBrowns19 says: Mar 5, 2010 10:29 PM

    I’d rather buy Slick Willies tees for $30 than the same thing with an NFl logo on it for $75. We’re not all New Yorkers people!

  27. JoeSixPack says: Mar 5, 2010 10:33 PM

    … later that day Smith escaped from Prison, walking out without interruption dressed as a prison guard.
    Federal authorities suspect the uniform may have been a cheap knockoff.

  28. Ravenmaniac says: Mar 5, 2010 10:47 PM

    I saw Prison in the title of this post..I thought it was a story about Ben….sorry…

  29. SmellMyFinger says: Mar 5, 2010 11:18 PM

    If you’re rich and kill someone driving drunk = 30 days in jail
    Joe Blow selling counterfit T-shirts = 6 month in prison

  30. polishkingski says: Mar 5, 2010 11:39 PM

    donte stal`s story is a anomoly….it is not a average guy gets in his car guy drives like a maniac and kills somebody. its just not. this site scares me sometimes because its probably a fairly accurate cross section of people. it is never black and white when passing judgement. it involves thinking. i don`t know donte stal personally but have heard from people invoved in nfl business that he is a good man. a good man. think about that. its easy to pass judgement where we are sitting.

  31. Richm2256 says: Mar 6, 2010 12:42 AM

    joelvis72 says:
    Um, what about the part where he’d been involved in counterfeiting before this and was specifically ordered not to use the NFL logo?
    OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!
    This man is a menace to society!
    Seriously, this nails down the NFL “profit” mentality: You can be a borderline talented player who blatently runs over and kills an innocent working man, and the guy barely is in stir for a cup of coffee. A guy tries to make a few bucks selling cheap T Shirts instead of the authorized $50 ones the league sanctions, and they want to give the guy the electric chair.
    WTF Roger Goodell, the people here are right: what message are you seriously trying to send here???

  32. Raider Pride says: Mar 6, 2010 1:52 AM

    Should have sent him away for 5 years.
    The public needs to be protected from knock off products.
    Ask Travis Henry how much it cost him by buying “Knock Off Condoms.”

  33. NOwillrepeat says: Mar 6, 2010 2:09 AM

    All you people are claiming your hate of the NFL on an NFL blog and website. Just seems a little ironic to me. On the other hand, this is ridiculous. Should have been a fine at worst.

  34. bh103 says: Mar 6, 2010 6:38 AM

    NFL is doing what any business would do. Why let someone else make a profit off of your product.

  35. dybzinski says: Mar 6, 2010 5:49 PM

    It is amazing the stupidity of commenters when it comes to these articles, Mick Vick or Donte Stallworth and comparing the cases.
    They are all AGAINST THE LAW, first and foremost. But the differences in the eyes of the sentencing IS THE INTENT.
    *Donte did not intentally run someone over (not even mentioning the intent of the victim to break the law and jaywalk).
    *Vick repeatedly INTENTIONALLY illegally gambled and repeatedly killed dogs. He planned it and knew what he has doing.
    *This counterfeiter INTENTIONALLY repeatedly (actually read the article) did this and was legally told to stop previously.
    People just like to pile on and complain about injustice without understanding what they are saying. Yet they’ll be the first to complain when someone wasn’t regulating counterfeit crap that they paid big money for thinking it was real (like autographs or fashion clothing for example) when the floodgates open if we let everybody do it.
    Amazing, no wonder we have no jobs when we demand everything cheap and with corners cut. But commenters probably can’t understand the correlation.

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