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NFL hopes sellers will stop

5/2/2004

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Pat Tillman memorabilia have become hot
items on the online auction site eBay. Some people are offended
that sellers are trying to profit from the former NFL player who
was killed in combat in Afghanistan.

Most of the Tillman-themed items are NFL trading cards, photos
and magazines related to Tillman. But some sellers are trying to
pass off military paraphernalia, such as patches and rings with his
Army Ranger unit insignia, as the ones Tillman actually wore.

Tillman died April 22 in a firefight in Afghanistan.

At noon Friday, there were 454 items related to the San
Jose-raised player who gave up his $3 million contract with the
Arizona Cardinals two years ago to become an elite Army Ranger,
according to the San Jose Mercury News.

"Our hope is that anyone attempting to personally profit from
Pat Tillman's legacy will immediately cease and desist," NFL
spokesman Greg Aiello said.

The league has told its jersey licensees not to sell Tillman's
Cardinals No. 40 jerseys "in an effort not to cash in on the
tragedy," Aiello said.

In the past, San Jose-based eBay Inc. has banned bidding on some
items, such as post-Sept. 11 images and collectibles, but the
company has refrained from stopping the auction of Tillman-related
products.

"Some people may feel it's offensive to sell his memorabilia at
this point, and if we saw anything offensive or distasteful, we'd
take it down," said eBay spokesman Hani Durzy. "But we haven't
seen anything like that."