Josh Hamilton Accepts Mediated Agreement in “Play Hard, Pray Harder” Slogan Dispute
ANAHEIM, Calif., June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Josh Hamilton–the All-Star right fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim–has agreed to a mediated resolution of a trademark dispute with a Dallas-based entity over rights to the slogan “Play Hard, Pray Harder.”
Hamilton said, “In the spirit of Matthew 5:39-40, I have settled the lawsuit over the commercial use of the phrase ‘Play Hard, Pray Harder,’ agreeing to walk away from its use on clothing rather than defend my rights to use the phrase. My original plan was to raise funds for our grant-making ministry, The Four Twelve Foundation, through the sales of clothing items carrying that phrase. We will continue to look for creative ways to generate additional support for the foundation.”
In mid-2012, a Raleigh-based company called ScriptureArt launched a line of clothing inspired by Hamilton’s life and testimony. This line included t-shirts carrying graphical designs of the message, “Play Hard, Pray Harder”–a phrase Hamilton began using in 2006 to help in his recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. In 2008 Hamilton began incorporating the phrase into talks in which he encouraged others in their walk with God.
In December of 2012 both Hamilton and ScriptureArt were sued by an entity calling itself “Play Hard Pray Harder LLC” over use of the phrase.
Regarding the mediated agreement, Hamilton said, “I’m happy to have this distraction resolved so the Four Twelve Foundation and I can move forward in our mission of helping and encouraging others.”
Josh Hamilton’s Four Twelve Foundation makes grants to organizations engaged in providing assistance to people in need both here and abroad.
SOURCE Four Twelve Foundation