By Jon Solomon | firstname.lastname@example.org al.com
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Former star Alabama football player Tyrone Prothro, whose career was cut short by a gruesome leg injury in 2005, testified in a lawsuit against the NCAA that he received $1,000 for a book advance.
Lawyers for the NCAA unsealed additional excerpts of the testimony today as part of the run-up to a key June 20 class-certification hearing in the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit. Several ex-college athletes, including Prothro, claim the NCAA, Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Company violated antitrust law by preventing athletes from being paid for use of their names, images and likenesses.
The defendants are trying to show that former college athletes in the suit were never restricted from benefitting off their name. Lawyers for the plaintiffs previously acknowledged college athletes retain some rights, but not all rights, and point to athletes not being compensated for appearing on live video footage during their college careers.
In his November 2011 testimony, Prothro acknowledged entering into a contract with Sparkling Bay Books for his 2009 book "Catch & Hold."
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