UK sends "cease and desist" letter to McConnell campaign

03/25/2014 06:32 PM

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell found himself on the wrong side of UK fans early Tuesday when his campaign released a campaign ad featuring a montage of things around the Commonwealth. Near the end, a clip of a UofL basketball player dunking appeared, following a team in blue and white celebrating a national championship. But there was a problem. The blue and white team was Duke in 2010, not Kentucky in 2012.

The McConnell campaign replaced the the Duke image with footage of UK freshman Julius Randle, the 2014 SEC Freshman of the Year. But there was another problem. You cannot use the image of a student-athlete in promotional materials.

So, the University of Kentucky sent a cease and desist letter to the McConnell campaign and released this statement tonight:

“The University of Kentucky consulted with the NCAA earlier today regarding footage of Julius Randle in a Mitch McConnell advertisement. Although the use of the student-athlete’s image in the advertisement is not permissible, because it was done without the knowledge or permission of the university or the student-athlete, it is not an NCAA violation. The University of Kentucky has sent a cease and desist letter and will continue to take appropriate measures to ensure improper usage of a student-athlete’s name, image or likeness is prevented.”

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