NCAA: ‘Johnny Football’ can keep any earnings over ‘trademark lawsuit

NCAA: ‘Johnny Football’ can keep any earnings over ‘trademark lawsuit

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ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 04: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies runs the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 4, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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by KHOU.com staff / AP

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Posted on February 27, 2013 at 7:32 PM

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- A company representing Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has filed a lawsuit to stop the sale of T-shirts using his "Johnny Football" nickname.

The federal lawsuit seeks damages for alleged trademark infringement and reimbursement for court fees and other compensation. It was filed by Manziel's limited liability company, JMAN2 Enterprises LLC, against Eric Vaughan of Fairview, Texas. He owns a website selling T-shirts that read "Keep Calm and Johnny Football."

Manziel's company filed the trademark for "Johnny Football" on March 2, and it is pending. JMAN2 Enterprises attorney Bennett White said the website has not followed a cease-and-desist letter, the Bryan-College Station Eagle reported.

The NCAA says it will allow Manziel to keep whatever money he wins in from the lawsuit.

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