According to The OZone, former Buckeye great Chris Spielman filed a lawsuit against his alma mater.
Spielman reportedly filed a class action lawsuit against Ohio State for its use of its players’ images for promotional purposes.
In the suit, Spielman claimed that Ohio State partners like Honda, IMG and Nike are guilty of illegally profiting off of images of former Buckeyes in banner advertisements at Ohio Stadium.
Spielman told The OZone that he personally has nothing to gain from the lawsuit, and that he wants to stop seeing former college athletes’ likeness being used for financial purposes.
“My concern is about the exploitation of all former players across this nation who do not have the platform to stand up for themselves while universities and corporations benefit financially by selling their name and likenesses without their individual consent,” Speilman told The Ozone. “My hope is that this litigation will level the playing field for those affected players, and that they too can benefit from the dollars flowing into collegiate athletics.”
Spielman will be the face of the lawsuit, but he reportedly has support from other former Ohio State players.
Even two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin said that he fully supports Spielman’s action to prevent corporations from profiting off of amateur athletes.
Ohio State responded with a statement from athletic director Gene Smith.
“We immensely value our relationships with all of our former student athletes. Ohio State is aware of the lawsuit that Chris Spielman has filed, and we are in the process of reviewing it.”