A Republican candidate for the US Senate in Washington faced a lawsuit from the Seattle Seahawks for using the team’s corporate logo in one of her campaign ads.
Tiffany Smiley’s “Gameday” ad ran in early September and illustrates how President Biden and his opponent, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, have hurt families by raising costs at the grocery store for everyday foods like sausage and eggs.
When Smiley mentions 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 appeared to briefly display the blue, gray and green associated with the NFL team. Retired Major Smiley was the US Army’s first active duty blind soldier and was honored by the Seahawks in November 2014 for the NFL’s Salute to Service campaign. He raised flag No. 12 for Seattle before the team faced the New York Giants.
Scott Smiley was blinded by a car bomb while serving in Iraq. He received a Purple Heart.
Days after the original ad aired, the Seahawks sent a cease and desist letter to the Smiley campaign claiming they were infringing on their trademark logo.
“Since the Smiley for Washington campaign has no such agreement with the NFL or the Seahawks, we must ask that you immediately cease your unauthorized commercial use of the Seahawks trademarks. This includes, but is not limited to, (i) immediate removal (or blur) Seahawks trademarks from the ‘Game Day’ ad on all platforms (including but not limited to television, YouTube, websites, social media, etc.) and (ii) refrain from unauthorized commercial use additional Seahawks trademarks”. the email to the Smiley campaign said.
Political commentator Brandi Kruse pointed to a few other cases of candidates running for political office using the Seahawks logo in ads and other social media posts.
The Smiley campaign modified the “Gameday” ad. The campaign also ran into trouble with The Seattle Times and Starbucks over the use of corporate logos.
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Kristian Hemphill, campaign manager for Smiley, responded to the corporations in a press release on Friday.
“Tiffany Smiley did not back down when she was harassed by federal bureaucrats who worked against her fight to help her husband Scotty become the first blind active duty Army officer,” Hemphill said in a statement. “Businesses woke up thinking they could help Patty Murray by intimidating Tiffany with senseless legal threats. Their efforts failed and backfired. This campaign will continue to hold accountable the failures of a three-decade incumbent and offer Washingtonians a path to justice.” crisis to hope, just like Tiffany did for Scotty and so many other injured veterans.”
Murray’s campaign responded in a statement to the Seattle Times.
“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 newspaper.
The Seahawks did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
One of Seattle’s other professional sports teams was also in 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 seemed silenced and held against the wall.
The initial post, which was shared on the footballer’s Instagram Stories from the Christian rapper’s account Redimi2, appeared to be trying to illustrate the media’s effect on children when it comes to gender identity. Waves with the colors of the rainbow are seen entering the brains of children.
Arreaga would later delete the post and share an apologetic message on his own account, but not before he was labeled homophobic, among other things, according to Radio 770 KTTH.
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Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer spoke about Arreaga to the media, saying he would sit down with Arreaga to tell him that what he posted was “not correct.” Arreaga was training with the Ecuadorian national team and has been away from the Sounders.