Six players on the 1985 Bears have filed a lawsuit over the use of their famous “Super Bowl Shuffle,” saying that the proceeds from the song should go to charity.
The players (Richard Dent, Jim McMahon, Otis Wilson, Willie Gault, Mike Richardson and Steve Fuller) are suing Julia Meyer, who owns the rights to the song and Renaissance Marketing Corporation, which licenses it. They say the song was always intended to be a charitable fundraiser.
“Among other things, the plaintiffs seek that a constructive trust be established for charitable purposes that they select in order to continue the Super Bowl Shuffle’s charitable objective,” the players’ attorney told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Walter Payton rapped in the song, “We’re not doing this because we’re greedy. The Bears are doing it to feed the needy.” But there have long been disputes about how much money from the song has actually gone to charity. The players filing the lawsuit want to make sure that in the future, all of it does.