In a face-to-face meeting with Tech's assistant athletic director for compliance Tim Parker on Thursday, Tyrod Taylor and Kam Chancellor discussed the use of their name and/or likeness in a series of advertisements promoting Virginia Beach area parties.
Updated as of Thursday, 5:24 p.m.
According to Parker, both Taylor and Chancellor claim that neither gave permission for anyone to use their name or image to promote any event. "Based on what I've heard to this point, I'm confident that there have been no violations," Parker said.
In addition, neither was compensated - including the March 1, 2008, event they were said to have hosted, according to the event's flier. Taylor and Chancellor believe an individual at So Serious Corporate Club, who helped sponsor most of the events in question, is behind the use of their name and image. Parker hopes to speak with the person in the near future.
Chancellor said he would help, through some of his contacts in the Tidewater region, to get Parker in contact with him.
Out of the five fliers for parties in the Virginia Beach area presented to Parker by the Collegiate Times, Taylor attended three events: the "Freakum Dress and Ralph Lauren Cabaret" on March 1, 2008, the June 27, 2008 event, called the "V-Tech and NSU's Baller's Summer Jam," presented by So Serious Corporate Club as well as the "Virginia Tech ACC Champions Party" on Dec. 26, 2007, also sponsored by So Serious. Chancellor attended the March 1, 2008 event.
"They paid the same admission that everyone else paid and bought their own food," Parker said. "When they did go, they were just one of the attendees. They never received any personal invitation. They never got a phone call."
Parker said Taylor placed the pictures on his Facebook page after the parties took place. Although Parker did not directly ask Taylor if he placed the fliers on his Facebook after the events took place, Parker said that, based on the information provided in Thursday's meeting, he concludes that Taylor didn't give his permission for his name/likeness to be used.
Parker also said that Taylor should have known the ramifications, just or not, that could come from doing this.
"It wasn't a good decision (to put the fliers up)," Parker said. "If I'm 20 and I see myself on a poster, I would think, 'Hey, that's pretty cool. I'm going to put that on my Facebook.' I can see why he would do that. Clearly he wasn't thinking about the types of things that we hope they think about. All it looks like right now is that it was a harmless situation and our guys were not involved in the planning or on the front end of this promotion."
According to Parker, Taylor and Chancellor said that there are dozens of these type events in the Virginia Beach area. Parker also said he will touch base with Greg Boone, whose name was used in one flier. Also, Parker said he is attempting to contact other schools that had players placed in the advertisements.
Below is the original Collegiate Times story published Wednesday May 6, 2009.
Virginia Tech is looking into promotional materials featuring several football players, including Tyrod Taylor and Kam Chancellor.
Pictures obtained by the Collegiate Times were found to have the name and/or likeness of the team's starting quarterback and safety - as well as tight end Greg Boone, former linebacker Purnell Sturdivant and former tailback Branden Ore - in a variety of posters publicizing different events in the Virginia Beach area.
Some of the fliers were found on Taylor's Facebook page, where he had posted them as his main "profile" photo.
According to Tim Parker, Tech's senior assistant director of athletics for compliance, the compliance department asked for their removal on Monday. As of Monday at 3:56 p.m., the pictures were no longer on the page.
"I don't think that's something that the football program would want up there because anything that any of our student-athletes put up there indirectly reflects on the whole team," Parker said.
It's unclear whether Taylor or Chancellor received any compensation for the events. Parker said he is hoping to meet with the two in person on Thursday to discuss the matter.
Representatives of the football team authorized to speak to the media could not be reached for comment.
NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199, under Institutional, Charitable, Education or Nonprofit Promotions, states that a student-athlete can participate in a non-profit promotional activity as long as it meets nine criteria, including: