University asks ex-player and Senate hope to change announcements
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The University of Arkansas said Thursday it asked a former Razorback to challenge U.S. Senator John Boozman to change his announcements regarding their unauthorized use of the school’s trademarks.
The school made the request after Jake Bequette touting his background playing for the Razorbacks and for the New England Patriots in the NFL. Boozman, a Republican, has held the seat since 2011.
The video features footage and images of Bequette performing in his Razorbacks uniform, while a logo reads, “Jake Bequette. Patriot. Veteran. Razorback. “
“We have asked the campaign to change its advertisements related to unauthorized use of the Razorback brand for political purposes,” UA spokesperson Mark Rushing said in an email.
Bequette’s campaign did not say whether it plans to edit or withdraw the ad.
“Jake Bequette is proud of his time at the University of Arkansas, where he was an All-American and All-SEC college defensive end. He will proudly continue to call himself a Razorback, ”the campaign said.
UA made a similar request when Boozman, also a former Razorback, ran for the Senate in 2010. Boozman released a TV commercial highlighting his time playing for the Razorbacks after the school requested his withdrawal.