The NFL is reportedly investigating whether the Exxxotica Expo 2011 pornography event illegally used photos of NFL players and draftees to promote a May event at a Miami strip club called Club Play, and Ravens draft pick running back Anthony Allen was one of the nine names listed on this racy promotional flyer.
The league is looking into the matter because action photos of six players in team gear -- including Chiefs safety Eric Berry, Bears safety Eric Wright and Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson -- appeared on the flyer.
Allen has released a statement to The Carroll County Times, saying he was “manipulated by promoters.”
"I wanted to clarify an event that took place on May 20th at Club Play in Florida. I lent my name in conjunction to a party which I believed to be hosted by other NFL players. I had no knowledge and never would have given any authority in any way for my name to be associated with Exxxotica 2011. I am deeply disappointed that my name was manipulated by the promoters of this event. I am truly sorry that this has occurred."
Attending strip clubs might not be the classiest thing for a player to do, but they can’t be punished by the NFL for it. However, event promoters and the company face a potential trademark violation.