Dec 27, 2022
Another week, another off-the-field issue for Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder.
This time it comes from one of the most iconic groups in team history. Five members of the famed "Hogs" blocking unit, which was primarily offensive linemen but also included a pair of tight ends, issued a statement Monday distancing themselves from Snyder and the Commanders and hinting at legal action over the use of their nickname by "taking that trademark and associated goodwill and brand equity" without financial compensation.
Offensive linemen Joe Jacoby, Mark May, Fred Dean and Rick "Doc" Walker, as well as Hall of Fame fullback John Riggins, were named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. That group also formed O-Line Entertainment LLC and filed for a trademark of the nickname "Hogs" this past summer.
While this is not an official lawsuit, lead attorney Seth Berenzweig told NBC4's Heather McDonough that the group could file a Federal Trademark infringement lawsuit against the Commanders if the two sides cannot come to an agreement over the use of the "Hogs" name after they expect their trademark to be issued in 2023.
Source: Yahoo Sports