TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- The University of Alabama has told a
local store to stop selling items signed by current athletes, which
is a potential violation of NCAA rules.
University compliance director Mike Ward sent a letter to T-Town Menswear on Dec. 22 saying to "immediately cease and desist"
selling, distributing or promoting items signed by or depicting
The letter warned that otherwise it could "jeopardize the student-athlete's eligibility." The NCAA prohibits using the likeness or name of a current college athlete to promote a product or service.
The letter, obtained by The Associated Press Monday, was initially reported on outkickthecoverage.com, which also ran a picture of running back Trent Richardson in a store signing the back of a shirt bearing his name and number.
Ward was not immediately available for comment.
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