Duncan, who hung up his sneakers on July 11, a Monday, filed a lawsuit against Robert Elder, Stefanie Graham, Keller Williams San Antonio, R.E.S.A., Inc and John Doe 1 and 2 last Friday, July 15.
The photo at the center of the litigation was taken by San Antonio photographer Sarah Brooke Lyons for her "1005 Faces" project, which features portraits of Alamo City residents holding signs expressing personal thoughts. Duncan's expression is about what you'd expect: "Good. Better. Best. Never let it rest until your good is better and your better is your best!"
According to the lawsuit, Elder, Graham and two unknown individuals altered that photo to promote Elder's real estate business by removing the original text and replacing it with the logo for Elder's business and a website address. Here's what the post, which has been taken down, allegedly said: "Wow! Just Wow! TD took the time to give us some love! Thanks Tim! We love you too man!"
Lyons posted the photo on July 11, shortly after Duncan announced his retirement, court documents show.
Duncan alleges Elder and co were taking advantage of his retirement decision to capitalize on the high regard San Antonio residents have for the power forward and misappropriated the image for profit. Duncan has requested a temporary restraining order.
The San Antonio Current
has reached out to Jack Hawthorne, who is representing Keller Williams, and to Michael Bernard, Duncan's attorney for comment. We'll update if we hear back.
Just two days after the big retirement announcement, a Keller Williams real estate agent allegedly altered a photograph of Tim Duncan to promote his realty business.