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‘Lawyer Norman Tugwater’ Ready to Sue for Pro Athletes’ Fantasy Rights

Posted Aug 30, 2010 8:24 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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"Lawyer Norman Tugwater” is fighting mad because fantasy sports leagues are misappropriating the bragging rights of pro athletes.

“I’m getting ready to clean up with the mop of justice,” Tugwater proclaims in his YouTube video. “If you refuse to pay our athletes, we’ll come find you, and squeeze it out of you like a tube of toothpaste.”

Tugwater is actually actor Gary Busey, and his video is part of an ad campaign for VitaminWater. "I don't think twice about coming after fantasy owners. In fact, I rarely think at all," he writes on Twitter. He continues the taunts on Facebook, where he proclaims, “I wrote the book on fantasy sports law. I also have the only copy.”

A spokeswoman Kimberly Bratton told the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s OurVoices blog about the new ad campaign, also featuring Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings and basketball great Shaquille O’Neal. “Gary Busey has a message for all fantasy football owners: You better think twice before you draft Adrian Peterson,” she wrote.

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