“Big Papi” nickname probably copied from “Big Pimpin’” too

Famous Yankee fan Jay-Z is suing David Ortiz.

Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and his business partner sued Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz on Thursday for naming a Dominican Republic nightclub after their chain of 40/40 Club sports bar lounges.

Jay-Z and Juan Perez own 40/40 Clubs in New York City, Atlantic City and Las Vegas and have plans to open further venues in Tokyo and Macau.

They have accused Ortiz of trading on the fame, value and goodwill of their name through his club Forty/Forty and its website, www.fortyforty.net, which they say has caused their business "marketplace confusion and damage," the lawsuit said.

I have to respect Jay-Z's level of fandom. If I had the money, I'd probably sue a Red Sock once a month. I slipped on Kevin Youkilis's sweat and broke my arm. Lawsuit! J.D. Drew's demeanor reminds me that life, at its core, is tedious. We are waiting, waiting, waiting for nothing. Lawsuit for emotional damages! Josh Beckett is engaged to a rocket scientist?! Lawsuit for blowing my mind!

In any case, kudos to Jay-Z for kicking a Red Sock when he's down. I'm not sure he'll win. There seem to be many clubs and restaurants with the same name, or am I the only one who's been to an O'Bama's Bar in every city in Asia? But something like this that distracts Ortiz from turning his season around can't be a bad thing from a Yanks's fan perspective.

h/t BTF

4 comments… add one

  • Great post Nick. And kudos to Jay-Z. Lord knows he needs the money (?). We should start a YF-legal fund.

    IronHorse (YF) April 16, 2010, 4:27 am
  • Actually Nick, this is good news for most Sox fan’s too. I’m not fond of Jay-Z when it comes to anything at all, but anything he does to speed up the decline and subsequent end of playing time for David Ortiz is a good thing in my book. So, Kudos Mr. Rap star.

    Brad April 16, 2010, 8:39 am
  • My feeling is that Bonds and Canseco should sue him for naming his club “The 40/40 Club.”

    walein April 16, 2010, 12:13 pm
  • i hate to ask what the drink specials are…

    dc April 16, 2010, 12:54 pm

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