This guy is not suing his hairdresser. He is, however, seeking $300,000 from Curtis Fleming and the “Fly Rod Chronicles” TV show for misappropriation of his name and likeness.
According to The Courthouse News Service, former Redskins running back John Riggins is accusing Fleming and Fly Fishing Expeditions in Fairfax County Court of misusing footage of Riggins hunting and fishing in Kentucky and West Virginia. Riggins apparently has his own show in the works and had planned to use the contested content for the pilot episode of something called “44 Outdoors”.
Riggins made his living crushing bones, with 104 touchdowns, 11,352 yards gained, and by clinching MVP honors at Super Bowl XVII in ’83, when the Redskins upset the favored Miami Dolphins. Fleming, on the other hand—according to his bio—went to college and did not become a coal miner.
Tom Bie is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Drake. He started the magazine in 1998 as an annual newsprint publication based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He then moved it to Steamboat, Colorado (1999), Boulder, Colorado (2001), and San Clemente, California (2004), as he took jobs as managing editor at Paddler, Senior Editor at Skiing, and Editor-in-Chief at Powder, respectively. Tom and The Drake are now both based in Denver, Colorado, where The Drake is finally all grows up(Swingers, 1996) to a quarterly magazine.