Posted January 24, 2014

Jadeveon Clowney’s agent asks South Carolina sandwich shop to change its marquee

Jadeveon Clowney, Offseason, South Carolina Gamecocks
Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney is a future first-round NFL draft pick. He is not a sandwich. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Those crazy sandwich shops, always drumming up offseason controversy. We’ve seen it a million times. This time, Sub Station II, in Rock Hill, S.C., was forced to change its marquee, which previously referenced the speeding tickets issued to South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. The sign now contains a thinly veiled message referencing a request made by Clowney’s agent, Bus Cook.

From Don Worthington of The State, who has bravely covered this story since earlier in the week, the sign had previously read, “Hurry in for our Jadeveon Clowney sub it goes really fast.” Now it reads, “Owner on the lam til Monday/ Hiding from the Bus.”

Per Worthington:

The sub shop does not have a Clowney item on the menu, and [Sub Station II owner Charlie] Ruffalo maintains his sign is “all in good fun.”

He said Thursday that his shop has not profited from using Clowney’s name.

Clowney’s name, Ruffalo maintains, is in the public domain and this is an issue of free speech, not commercial speech.

The Rock Hill Herald had a video detailing the story. In it, Ruffalo said, “We just make fun of everybody. I don’t care who you are — politician, sports figure, whatever — I’m going to make fun of you if you do something silly.”

Remember, this is not the first Clowney-and-sandwich related news of late. There was also the story about the controversial menu items from the Daniel Island Grille and the time that the Gamecocks famously visited Arby’s.
(h/t WRHI 1340)
46 comments
AmySkene
AmySkene

Obama says "Look at the white man profiting off the black man again.  More welfare for everyone!  Gotta spread that 'round."

JoeSandiego
JoeSandiego

Clowney's Agent was smart.  He got more publicity out of the threatened lawsuit, than he did from the sign.   I had never even heard of him before this article.  Excellent PR work for Bus.

Aussie TEK
Aussie TEK

Clowney is an idiot.  I wouldn't expect anything less from worthless Gamecock.  

mystafugee
mystafugee

A lot of people are accusing Clowney and his agent of acting frivolous.  The guy was making money off his name (free publicity).   As for Clowney being an idiot, I guess speeding makes one an idiot? 

eddiemathews
eddiemathews

Bus doesn't want any of his other clients competing with ol #4 for the idiocy crown.

Hendo
Hendo

Bus Cook is smart. No NFL team would ever draft him if they were to see that sign.

Daz61
Daz61

Clowney & Carr on the same team would be funny! 

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

Love how its always about race smh. Both sides, absolutely pathetic, from the "his kind" comments and the "they only saying this cause he's black" are quite possibly some of the dumbest comments I have ever read on a board, and I am now dumber for reading them and trying to comprehend them. THIS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS RACE

Robert96
Robert96

Hey thug............slow down and get a hair cut............join the human race.

tbost4321
tbost4321

Guy is missing a golden opportunity.  It's time to add the "Bus Chef" sandwich to the menu: a foot-and-a-half long sub filled with Spam and potted meat spread and a blend of chopped ghost chilis, habaneros and jalepenos.  It's big, full of crap and will clean you out!

Bubba_deHubbada
Bubba_deHubbada

I like that the sign has quotation marks around "sandwich shop".  I hope that the owner does that little Dr. Evil quotes thing with his fingers when he says "sandwich shop".

MikeHarrison
MikeHarrison

Hey Clowney, SLOW DOWN.  DON'T SPEED AND NO ONE WILL MAKE FUN OF YOU.


Please send your agent after me, I will show you how fast someone can laugh in your face because of your idiotic antics.  In fact, I think I will call up my friend who owns a popular sports bar near I-94(whose sign is seen from the highway in both directions in fact) and ask him to put what you had this guy take down up.  This way your idiotic agent can try to get him to change it, but guess what, a local elected official tried to get him to take a sign down mocking him, and a jdge said "1st Amendment" and tossed the case. 

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

Most of you are just jealous and haters of a certain color. If this had been a famous white athlete - wait, they are all perfect. Almost forgot - all you bigots would be posting about how wrong it is and hoping the athlete sued the shop. Let me lay it out fo ya: Jadeveon 'bout to get paaaiiid an' you ain't gotta like it. At ease!

fkriss
fkriss

If Clowney doesn't grow up he's going to be working there.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Think what the owner could do with this if he sold chili.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

If Clowney were smart, he'd have cut a deal with them.  Free sandwiches or something in return for use of his name.  (He is entitled to control that, I think.)

Oh, wait, the NCAA doesn't allow student-athletes to profit externally.  Might corrupt them.  Unlike the multimillion dollar personal endorsement deals that would never, ever corrupt coaches and ADs.

Cool
Cool

Genius on the part of the owner and not so smart on the part of the Clowney camp.  Before this was just a local story with no one outside the state knowing anything about it.  Now after the Clowney camp drew attention to it, the owner gets to have the sign displayed on SI which means lots and lots of free publicity, and everyone is reminded about the speeding ticket.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Sounds like poor clowney can't take the heat and feels unloved. Sad this guy is going to get a reality check in few months and then wait to see how he is received. But his kind can't take any criticism

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

If Clowney acts like a clown he better get thicker skin.

ApolloOne
ApolloOne

Come on, Bus Cook. Let it go.

fless_43
fless_43

@EasyGoer It takes a real loser to play the race card from the bottom of the deck.  

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@EasyGoer 

SI's resident race-troll speaks!

And it's angry, mean-spirited, and illogical. As usual.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

@EasyGoer- Racist post of the day - and another demonstration that the worst racists in America today are black. I don't care what color Clowney is - the team that drafts him will regret it.

Cool
Cool

@EasyGoer Are you saying you think Johnny Manziel is not white?  You have never heard anyone make fun of what he has done off the field?  If not you need to learn to read, if you have then you need to apologize and explain to the other readers that your diaper is full and it just doesn't feel good and you are grumpy.

Craig
Craig

@MidwestGolfFan If he has an agent that no longer applies.  He's given up his "student athlete" status.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

Would that chicken-shyitt owner put his name on there? I'm sure he has never done anything stupid, right? Just a publicity hound.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

If your kind were man enough to address it to his face and hash it out like men, then you could get some credit. Just jealous that Clowney has talent and is about to get paaaaaiiid!!!!!

Signed,

His kind

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

His kind? Why don't you air your opinions to him and 'his kind' in person? Let me know how it tuns out.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

We can go head to head anytime but your deck is stacked with bigots like you so I would lose in the U.S. bu you can't hang on the world scene. Your time is nearer than you think.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

I love it how bigots like you think you've done someting by calling me racist. You think your 'likes' mean something. All it means is you bigots think alike.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@Craig@MidwestGolfFan 

Was not aware of that fact.

In that case, his agent should've worked something out.  A young guy, just getting started in the world, getting free sandwiches when he wants them?  Speaking for myself when I was his age, that would have seemed just a little tiny bit like heaven.

Hendo
Hendo

@EasyGoer Hey, Dumbass, the owner is standing next to the sign and taking credit, Eat a sandwich and go to sleep. It was just a joke.

Cool
Cool

@EasyGoer I think you need to go tell mommy your diaper is full, you seem to be a little angry and crying about nothing.

Listening
Listening

@EasyGoer 

You need to relax and not take everything  so seriously.  Do you really care that much about what others think??? 

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

Reply with a real answer and you get credit, Little Johnny. As usual, your kind has no real rebuttal so you revert to the only thing you know. Here's a play on words for you, son: that shytte was played out in the seventies. Come up with something original.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

Yeah, our kind usually are so we need another kind's guidance. Can you PLEASSSSE help me.