Terrell Suggs In Legal Battle Over ‘Ball So Hard University’

Rucuss staffJanuary 15, 2012

Baltimore Ravens star Terrell Suggs is in a legal battle over clothing.

Back in November, Suggs announced before the Ravens win over the Pittsburgh Steelers that his alma mater was “Ball So Hard Universiy.” He coined the phrase after hearing it in Kanye West and Jay-Z’s song “N*ggas in Paris.”

Fans watching the game immediately tried to capitalize on the phrase. T-shirts and merchandise began to surface with the fake university. Brian Bussells did it the legal way.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Bussells, who lives in Maryland, applied for a trademark three days after the game for the school name and started printing shirts. Suggs even wore one of Bussells’ t-Shirts at a press conference.

A week and a half later, Suggs applied for the trademark and started to sell merchandise on his website. Other entrepreneurs began selling their own version of the BSHU clothing, but they received cease-and-desist letters from Suggs’ camp.

Bussells and Suggs are now in a legal battle over who owns the rights to the name. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will make the final decision whose the rightful owner of “Ball So Hard.” It will hinge on the filing date and if Suggs can prove “Ball So Hard” is part of his public persona.


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