NEW YORK (WFAN) — There has been much written about Tim Tebow’s pious presence since his trade to New York in March.
But this is a new one.
Lawyers for the Jets backup quarterback have threatened legal action against CubbyTees.com for selling a Tebow-inspired “MY Jesus” T-shirt, according to a cease and desist letter obtained by TMZ.
In the letter, dated April 10, team Tebow accused the shirt makers of “deceptive trade practices” and argued “the merchandise makes it appear as if Mr. Tebow actually endorses Cubby Tees and its products.”
The shirt doesn’t actually use Tebow’s name or likeness — its “MY Jesus” with a cross-branded fish is a play on the oval “NY Jets” logo — though the CubbyTees.com website clearly mentions the NFL sensation.
The T-shirt’s URL included “TebowJesus.html” and verbage on the site featured the quarterback’s name.
Cubby Tees tried to distance itself from the player in the item’s description: the “fun design is not officially endorsed by New York’s backup quarterback or the Son of God, but plays off the themes of Tebow’s faith and his new team.”
“This Fall, Tim Tebow will be in the uniform of the New York Jets, potentially taking the Tebowing phenomenon to a whole new level,” the description also stated. “Now that the NFL’s most popular player has moved his pulpit from Denver to New York City, he’ll no longer simply be delivering sermons from the mountains — he’ll have the attention of the world’s premiere media market. Jets for Jesus! Whether his message — or his playing skills — will thrive under the bright lights of Gotham remains to be seen…but we know that a legion of believers will have faith in him. He’s not just looking to cure lepers, but heal Gang Green!”
It appears Cubby Tees will stand their ground. In response to the cease and desist letter, they declared the design “shares nothing with Mr. Tebow except for promotion of a common Lord and Savior,” according to TMZ.
The company has recently experienced outages on its website. According to the Cubby Tees Facebook page, it has had nothing to do with the legal issues.
A status update from Thursday stated, “All of the interest left us with more friends, fans and sales…but also (temporarily) without a functioning website. As nefarious as the crash may have appeared, the issue was one of too much traffic — not of legal restraint (luckily the Rule of Law, Due Process and the Constitution still carry some weight for the moment). Of course we cannot discount the possibility that a Higher power had some hand in sabotage…”
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