NEW YORK — Tom Brady, who has filed for a trademark infringement case against the Los Angeles Rams and the Oakland Raiders for using his name, trademark and likeness in a football commercial, wants his name removed from the commercial and sued for trademark infringement.
The NFL is also asking the court to declare that Tom Brady has been defamed in the commercial.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, asks a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to declare the Rams and Raiders’ commercial defamatory and seek damages of $50 million.
The Rams have refused to make an official statement, but a statement issued Tuesday by the team said, “Our position remains that our commercial is neither defamative nor disparaging of the players, nor is it disparaging to the NFL.
The NFL is seeking to suppress the rights of the Rams to a public performance of the team’s name.”
The Raiders declined to comment.
The case is expected to go before a Los Angeleno judge in the next few days.
Brady, whose name is also on the Raiders’ name, filed the complaint Tuesday on behalf of the NFL Players Association, which represents more than 20,000 players in the NFL and the union represents teams in several other sports.
The complaint alleges that the Rams’ commercial, titled “A New Era,” uses the image of Tom Brady and depicts Brady in a baseball cap.
In the commercial, Brady is seen wearing a baseball uniform and holding a sign saying “I’m going to get back to you in a hurry” and a logo of the Raiders logo.
The commercial says the Rams are looking to re-sign Brady and he is a “huge, huge fan” of the franchise.
The league’s suit against the Raiders was filed on behalf by the players association.
The Rams declined to respond to a request for comment.
Rams owner Stan Kroenke has said that he hopes to reach an agreement with Brady on a new contract before the start of the season.
The agreement has not yet been reached, but Kroenkes said the two sides are close to an agreement.
A judge has ordered that the NFL’s lawsuit be thrown out.
The Raiders and Rams both declined to answer questions from reporters Tuesday, but Raiders spokesman Mark Davis said, ”The Rams remain in complete compliance with the court’s order.”
The Raiders filed their lawsuit on behalf, in part, of former Rams coach Doug Marrone, who was hired by the Rams in 2014 and helped them to an NFC West title.
Marrone was hired in 2012 as an NFL executive with the New York Jets, but was fired after the Raiders failed to reach a contract extension with him.
The new Rams coach is expected in Las Vegas next week for a team event and is scheduled to return to the Los Gatos, California, area on Wednesday for a meeting with the team.