Hours after news broke that several NFL players appeared in an ad for a porn event called Exxxotica Expo, the players have released statements saying they had no involvement in the event and didn’t know their names and images would be used to advertise it.
Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson released the following statement: “I wanted to clarify an event that took place on May 20th at Club Play in Florida. I authorized my name to be used at that club with the understanding that it was going to be a party hosted by NFL Players. It was never explained to me or did I ever authorize my name or likeness to be associated with Exxxotica Expo 2011. I am appalled that my name and likeness were used in that capacity. In addition, I never authorized the use of my likeness or picture in my NFL uniform. I apologize to the Houston Texans, their fans and family if I caused any embarrassment. I am sincerely sorry.”
We’ve received virtually identical statements from other players including Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers, Bears safety Major Wright, Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas and Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget.
The next Exxxotica Expo takes place in Chicago in July. If you were planning to attend because you hoped to meet an NFL player, you might be disappointed.
UPDATE: As noted by ArrowheadPride.com, the fact that Flowers re-tweeted a tweet saying he would attend a porn star extravaganza on May 20 calls into question Flowers’ claim that he objected to the use of his name in connection with the event.