Spurs legend Tim Duncan settled a recent lawsuit filed because of an altered photo used by real estate agency Keller Williams, showing him holding an advertisement in his hands, without his permission.
The ad in question also included a caption that said “Wow! Just Wow! TD took the time to give us some love! Thanks Tim! We love you too man!”
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Keller Williams spokeswoman Sarah Marshall told
the incident “was a very unfortunate situation and no disrespect or harm was intended , and the responsible agent is In fact huge fan of Duncan.
We worked closely with Mr. Duncan’s legal team to resolve the matter in a quick and professional manner and the suit has now been settled. The firm takes responsibility for the unfortunate misuse of Mr. Duncan’s image.
Agent Robert Elder, who was the agent that altered the photo a Duncan photo for the Realtor’s professional Facebook page, has resigned from Keller Williams in the wake of the fiasco.
According to Duncan’s lawyers, a motion to dismiss the case was filed on Monday, and the has been settled.
I think the issue is over. Elder’s “apologized for his actions, and I think we’re satisfied and moving on.
The photo has since been removed and an undisclosed amount was paid in the settlement to cover Duncan’s legal fees.
The photo in question was San Antonio photographer Sara Brooke Lyons for her “1005 Faces” project, which had Duncan holding placards with a short personal message.
The original message Duncan held in the picture read, “Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest until your good is better and your better is your best.”
The altered version of the photograph had Duncan holding a sign directing onlookers to the agent’s facebook page.
The Facebook page also had pictures Eva Longoria, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson holding signs with the agent’s logo and phone number.
All photos have been removed and Duncan can enjoy his retirement in peace again.