Mayor Holden says back off "Who Dats"
Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden has joined Louisiana officials encouraging the NFL to allow the state's small business owners to use the fleur-de-lis and the phrase "Who Dat" without threat of legal action by the league.
"While the NFL has made an effort to narrow their opposition to the countless small merchants who have been printing merchandise to the delight of fans throughout Louisiana, they have still gone too far," Holden said.
"Certainly, any claim by the NFL on the phrase "Who Dat" or the fleur-de-lis, both which have been a part of Louisiana culture for many years, appears heavy-handed at a time when our entire state is celebrating the Saints' success," Holden said. "These have both been in the public domain for so long that any Louisiana merchant should have the right to use them."
Holden said the NFL's claims affect small businesses across the state and he urged the Governor and Attorney General to protect all Louisianan's rights to these symbols.