A Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Washington faced a lawsuit from the Seattle Seahawks for using the team’s corporate logo in one of her campaign advertisements.
Tiffany Smiley’s “Gameday” ad ran in early September illustrating how President Biden and her opponent Democrat Sen. Patty Murray have hurt families with rising costs at the grocery store for everyday food items like hot dogs and eggs.
When Smiley mentioned the rising cost of beer, her husband John asks, “Are you kidding me?”
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Scotty Smiley was wearing a Seahawks jersey that briefly appeared to show the blue, gray and green associated with the NFL team. Retired Maj. Smiley was the first blind active-duty soldier in the U.S. Army and the Seahawks honored him in November 2014 for the NFL’s Salute to Service campaign. He raised the No. 12 flag for Seattle before the team took on the New York Giants.
Scott Smiley lost his eyesight due to a car bomb while he was serving in Iraq. He received a Purple Heart.
Days after the original advertisement aired, the Seahawks sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Smiley campaign claiming they were infringing on their trademarked logo.
“Given that the Smiley for Washington campaign has no such agreement with the NFL or the Seahawks, we must ask that it immediately cease its unauthorized commercial use of Seahawks Trademarks. This includes, but is not limited to, (i) immediately removing (or blurring) Seahawks Trademarks from the ‘Game Day’ ad on all platforms (to include, but not limited to, television, YouTube, websites, social media, etc.) and (ii) refraining from further unauthorized commercial use of Seahawks Trademarks,” the email to the Smiley campaign read.
Brandi Kruse, a political commentator, pointed out a few other instances of candidates running for political office using the Seahawks logo in ads and other social media posts.
The Smiley Campaign altered the “Gameday” advertisement. The campaign also had issues with The Seattle Times and Starbucks over use of corporate logos.
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Kristian Hemphill, a campaign manager for Smiley, hit back at corporations in a news release on Friday.
“Tiffany Smiley didn’t back down when she was bullied by federal bureaucrats working against her fight to help her husband Scotty become the first blind active-duty Army officer,” Hemphill said in a statement. “Woke corporations thought they could help Patty Murray by bullying Tiffany with senseless legal threats. Their efforts have both failed and backfired. This campaign will continue to hold to account the failures of a three-decade incumbent and offer Washingtonians a path from crisis to hope, just as Tiffany did for Scotty and countless other injured veterans.”
Murray’s campaign responded in a statement to the Seattle Times.
“Just like Trump, MAGA Republican Tiffany Smiley apparently won’t miss an opportunity to attack Washington state — whether it’s local journalists, businesses or the Seahawks,” Naomi Savin told the paper.
The Seahawks didn’t immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
One of Seattle’s other professional sports teams was also drawn into the spotlight last week.
Xavier Arreaga, an Ecuadorian defender for the Seattle Sounders, came under fire last week after sharing a political cartoon showing a television effectively brainwashing children while parents appear to be silenced and held against the wall.
The initial post, which was shared on the soccer player’s Instagram Stories from the account of Christian rapper Redimi2, appeared to try to illustrate the media’s effect on children when it comes to gender identity. Rainbow-colored waves are seen entering the children’s brains.
Arreaga would later delete the post and shared an apology message on his own account but not before he was labeled as homophobic among other things, according to 770 KTTH Radio.
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Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer spoke about Arreaga to the media and said he would sit down with Arreaga to tell him what he posted “wasn’t correct.” Arreaga was training with the Ecuadorian national team and has been away from the Sounders.
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