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NFL says 'Who Dat' controversy is misunderstanding

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WWL) - After massive public outcry, criticism from congressmen and U.S senators, and the bright lights of the national spotlight, the NFL is now calling the Who Dat controversy one major misunderstanding.

So is the NFL finally easing up on its policies or just clarifying what it has said all along? The NFL shot back saying, not all uses of Who Dat and the Fleur de Lis are off limits.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's office weighed in on the "Who Dat" squabble Saturday. A spokesman for the governor said Jindal is asking the state's attorney general to look into a possible lawsuit over the ownership rights to the popular phrase.

The move came on the heels of a request by the Louisiana Democratic Party to defend "the rights of the citizens of the state of Louisiana." The Louisiana Democtratic State Central Committee voted unanimously to call on Jindal to take action. The motion was approved by a voice vote of "Who Dat!"

NFL Government Relations and Public Policy Vice President Jeffrey Miller wrote, "Rather, the NFL has sent our narrowly targeted letters, challenging the sale of products bearing the Fleur de Lis and Who Dat marks only when those products contain or are advertised using other trademarks or identifiers of the Saints."


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