Eric Berry’s agent says Berry wasn’t at party that used him in ads
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on June 15, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT
We told you earlier Wednesday that the NFL was investigating the use of NFL players in uniform being used in an advertisement for a party to launch the “Exxxotica Expo” 2011.
In the piece, we mentioned that the only problem here was that the players were in uniform. We also noted sometimes parties like this use a player’s’ likenesses for these parties without them even showing up.
That was the case with Chiefs safety Eric Berry, who was one of the five players featured on the ad for the porn industry shindig.
“Eric did not attend and had no knowledge of this event, and he certainly did not approve the use of his name and image in connection with the party,” Berry’s agent Chad Speck told PFT.
Instead, Berry was in Kansas City on the day of the party to help promote the book of his friend Inky Johnson.
UPDATE: Berry later released the following statement:
“In addition to what Chad released earlier today, and in an effort to leave no doubt about my involvement, I did not attend this party. I wasn’t even in Miami on May 20th. I did not have knowledge of, or consent to my name or image being used to promote any party involving porn stars. I’m upset that somehow my name has been attached to this, and am currently considering legal action against the club and event promoters. I also support any legal action the NFL is considering.
“On May 20th I was actually in Kansas City promoting a book signing with my friend and mentor Inky Johnson and raising funds for my foundation. Let’s end this lockout and play football. Go Chiefs!”