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Wile_E_Coyote
04-14-2005, 02:02 PM
Vick's alias 'Ron Mexico' not funny to NFL or to the real guy

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ATLANTA - The NFL is trying to stop the spread of Ron Mexico.

Since that name was listed as an alias for Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in a titillating lawsuit filed last month, more than one person has gone to the NFL's online store to order Vick's No. 7 replica jersey with a personalized "MEXICO" on the back.

Now, fans trying to order the customized jersey on the site get this message: "The personalization entered cannot be accepted."

A computer glitch? No, the NFL has caught on to the joke and isn't laughing.

As of this week, NFLShop.com customers wanting to ridicule Vick had to look for another way to poke fun at the star athlete, who is accused in the lawsuit of giving a woman an incurable venereal disease in April 2003.

"We did instruct our NFL Shop to not sell those jerseys," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Tuesday.

"The jerseys are intended for fans who want to have their name on a jersey. Obviously, this was in direct reference to recent events," he said. "We decided it's inappropriate to sell jerseys with that particular name on it."

The alias was printed in court documents in a civil lawsuit filed March 14 that alleges Vick, 24, infected the woman with herpes. Vick has said he will fight the charges.

Among the parties listed in the lawsuit is "Ron Mexico," which the plaintiff's attorneys claim Vick has used as a pseudonym. Vick's attorney, Lawrence Woodward, did not immediately return repeated calls to his office this week. The Falcons haven't commented on the case.

NFLShop.com employees and supervisors were notified in an internal memo Monday that they were no longer allowed to sell Falcons jerseys with the Mexico name, customer service representatives said when questioned by a reporter.

The NFL would not provide a copy of the memo. McCarthy said "only a handful" of orders for the Mexico jerseys had been placed, and none were sold. Anyone who placed an order for the jersey will receive an e-mail letting them know the order has been canceled and their money will be refunded.

On Thursday Vick's friend and teammate, Keion Carpenter, came to his defense.

"This is life. This is freedom of speech. You can't control what people say or do. As long as you control yourself and conduct yourself in a well-mannered way, that's all you can do," said Carpenter, who is also one of Vick's business partners and helped start his youth football camps.

A few Ron Mexico T-shirts have popped up on eBay, though none of the NFL's licensed replica jerseys have been sold or posted for sale on the Internet auction site.

"If somebody bought a jersey during the time the NFL Shop was selling them, it's their item to buy or sell if they got it legitimately," eBay spokesman Hani Durzy said. "We would not pull the listing if it did not violate any other policies."

News of the made-up moniker has circulated on sports talk shows and Web sites.

On Saturday, a site was launched dedicated to the name. The site, www.ronmexico.com (http://www.ronmexico.com), features a Ron Mexico T-shirt with Vick's image, his number and "MEXICO", available for purchase at $16.07, and links to news articles about the lawsuit.

The owner of the site, a 30-year-old Chicago man who would not give his name, said Wednesday the site already has been viewed at least 10,000 times and he has sold about 100 of the T-shirts.

"I don't want the site to represent a judgment on the case or Vick as a person," he said in a telephone interview. "It's making fun of the alleged porno name. The guy is an amazing player, so the nickname's going to stick with him regardless, one way or the other."

The attention has also thrust an unwilling Ron Mexico (not an alias) into the spotlight.

"I've been getting a ton of calls. People are asking me if I know him. I don't, of course," said Mexico, an auto parts supplier in Brighton, Mich.

"How do you pull a name like that out of the air? Use Bob Smith or Jim Johnson; there's 50 million of them. Out of all the names in the whole world, I wanna know how he picked this name out," Mexico wondered.

He said he only knows of two other Ron Mexicos - and he's related to both of them.
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On The Net:

Atlanta Falcons: http://www.atlantafalcons.com (http://www.atlantafalcons.com)

NFLShop: http://www.nflshop.com (http://www.nflshop.com)


http://www.ronmexico.com (http://www.ronmexico.com/)

chiefsfolife
04-14-2005, 02:07 PM
whats the joke?

gblowfish
04-14-2005, 02:08 PM
Can I still get a Brock Middlebrook jersey???

Pennywise
04-14-2005, 02:29 PM
Its a bird, its a plane, its CANKERMAN!

Iowanian
04-14-2005, 02:55 PM
I think they should have them personalized with the

"VALTREX"
7

Bwana
04-14-2005, 03:09 PM
Nice!

foxman
04-14-2005, 03:27 PM
Its a bird, its a plane, its CANKERMAN!

HILARIOUS!
:thumb:

whoman69
04-14-2005, 04:55 PM
The NFL isn't laughing because they gave them 3 home MNF games, an ESPN game, and another national game on Thanksgiving.

Wile_E_Coyote
04-14-2005, 05:59 PM
The NFL isn't laughing because they gave them 3 home MNF games, an ESPN game, and another national game on Thanksgiving.
the Georgia Dome Security crew will be checking all homemade signs

Athletes
Beware
CANKERMAN!

Saulbadguy
04-14-2005, 06:01 PM
Am I the only one who does not know who Ron Mexico is?

NaptownChief
04-14-2005, 06:12 PM
Brings new meaning to getting a ride on the Michael Vick Experience that is for certain.

If only he could pass the football around as well as festering sores.

Thig Lyfe
04-14-2005, 06:16 PM
Am I the only one who does not know who Ron Mexico is?

Uh... Michael Vick?

A little slow there....

Deberg_1990
04-14-2005, 08:10 PM
hahaha..this story is Hilarious....Man, sometimes the NFL "Powers that Be" can be such uptight A-holes.

CBob
04-14-2005, 08:40 PM
Bang is on the job now........

Lip Service (www.gridironfans.com/bang_cartoons/JG4gf.htm)

Saulbadguy
04-14-2005, 08:40 PM
Uh... Michael Vick?

A little slow there....
I still don't get it.

el borracho
04-14-2005, 08:51 PM
I still don't get it.
Michael Vick supposedly gave someone herpes while using the alias "Ron Mexico." That person is suing Vick.

the Talking Can
04-14-2005, 09:10 PM
will we get to hear Madden say "Ron Mexico has herpes...pow! boom! scratch that itch...."