Former NCAA Player Admits EA Sports Character Doesn’t Look Like Him

USA Today reports that Former Connecticut guard Tate George has admitted in a deposition taken last year that avatars in several versions of a video game that are supposed to represent him do not resemble him at all and were used multiple times to represent other players in the game. George is one of several former NCAA players suing the NCAA and EA Sports for illegally using their likenesses. The group of players are trying to get certified as a class. George's deposition was released as part of filings in the case on Monday by EA and NCAA.

The filing is part of EA's opposition to the case being certified as a class action. A hearing on class certification is scheduled for June 20. If the case ends up being certified as a class action, it would bring in thousands of current and former college athletes and put billions of dollars in damages at stake.

George and the other plaintiffs allege that the defendants violated anti-trust law by conspiring to pay college players nothing while reaping the rewards of using real teams and players, including likenesses in EA Sports games.

In the deposition unearthed Monday, George is responding to pages showing frame grabs from the 2006 version of an EA Sports game in which past college basketball teams, including George's 1990 Connecticut team, are depicted.

The exchange ends with Curtner asking: "Long Beach State, North Carolina State, and Arizona, 1997. These all have the same face, none of them are you, and they all have a variety of different sizes, weights, and positions, correct?"

George's reply: "Correct."

Curtner and George then went through similar exchanges related to two other versions of the EA Sports games.

Source: USA Today

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