Jim K said:
It is amazing to me how quickly people (including those on this site) accept rumors as fact. Tom Brady accepted the XLR he got as MVP last year and turned around and donated it to his public high school here in Northern California where it could be auctioned off to raise money for their athletic programs. The idea was a big success. I can't blame him for going after GM if they were using his name and likeness without permission. That's the value celebrities have always had and they all guard this "property" carefully. Why would anyone automatically believe GM behaved properly? And why would anyone believe Brady would believe improperly?
As far as I'm concerned, we should stick to cars on this site. ...
Jim - I've re-read the thread and I don't see where anyone "accepted rumors as fact". Nor do I think a "gift" of an XLR that results in a lawsuit could be called a big success. As I said earlier, I don't pretend to know the facts in the GM vs Brady flap.
Intuitively, however, if GM gives someone an expensive XLR, some publicity rights should be conveyed therewith, don't you think? Why else would GM do it? The thing that irks me is the greed of it all. A gift of a $76K car is not enough compensation to use his name or image? Give me a break. Brady is the planitff - he filed the suit - he's the aggressor. They better not put guys like me on the jury. :nodno
If you are a Brady fan, my apologies, but I think he's just one more rich, spoiled, egocentric athlete that probably would be selling insurance if not for football and the New Engaland Patriots. The behavior makes me ill.
And this discussion IS about cars, specifically an XLR. On topic. Eyedoc's link gets at least some credibility, eh?
(I do plead guilty about occasionally straying from topic, at times, but all in good fun.) :yesnod