The 2nd Dimension

Monday, July 04, 2005

Baseball Legend Seeks to Ban Cromartie High School Movie

From AnimeNation:

Warren Cromartie, a former professional baseball player for the Montreal Expos and Japan's Yomiuri Giants, has filed an injunction to prevent Japanese screenings of the live action Sakigake! Cromartie High School motion picture because Mr. Cromartie believes the film slurs his name. The film was scheduled to open in Japanese theaters later this month. [Source: Mainichi Daily News]

You might remember a similiar case way back when professional hockey player Tony Twist was suing Todd McFarlane over using Twist's name for a crime boss in the popular Spawn comic. Of course in the case of Spawn, the name was used intentionally; whereas in Cromartie, I think it's just a coincidence. [Edit: Actually many of the characters were intentionally named after basketball players. My bad.]

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