McConnell campaign pulls ad featuring UK star Julius Randle

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by WHAS11.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 12:05 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The re-election team for Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell says it’s horrified by a major mistake in the latest video ad.

At the end of the video Duke’s basketball team was shown celebrating instead of the University of Kentucky’s 2012 championship.

The mistake was caught by LEO Weekly editor Joe Sonka who was banned from a McConnell news conference last week.

The McConnell campaign released a new version of the video with the Duke players being replaced by Cats star Julius Randle.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the campaign also pulled that video too out of concerns including a current player would lead to an NCAA violation.

UK Athletics released a statement Tuesday evening addressing the issue:

"The University of Kentucky consulted with the NCAA earlier today regarding footage of Julius Randle in a Mitch McConnell advertisement. Although the use of the student-athlete’s image in the advertisement is not permissible, because it was done without the knowledge or permission of the university or the student-athlete, it is not an NCAA violation. The University of Kentucky has sent a cease and desist letter and will continue to take appropriate measures to ensure improper usage of a student-athlete’s name, image or likeness is prevented."
 

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