Report | Conan O’Brien sued for Tom Brady joke and not by Brady

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shouts as he takes the field to warm up before an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Houston Texans, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Comic Conan O’Brien is a fan of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. He’s had various members of the team on his show and told jokes about them. Now, one of those jokes has him in legal trouble, per the New York Daily News.

The issue is that comedy writer Alex Kaseberg claims that O’Brien has been using his jokes without permission, and he’s suing him for copyright infringement.

The joke in question happened after the Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Technically played in 2015, the game closed out the 2014 season. It was the famous win in which the Seahawks opted to pass the ball from the one-yard line, rather than running it with superstar RB Marshawn Lynch. The pass was picked off by Patriots CB Malcolm Butler, sealing the win. Brady got the MVP trophy and a truck after the game.

That’s when Kaseberg went on Twitter and wrote:

“Tom Brady said he wants to give his MVP truck to the man who won the game for the Patriots. So enjoy that truck, Pete Carroll.”

O’Brien then said on his show:

“Tom Brady said he wants to give the truck that he was given as Super Bowl MVP … to the guy who won the Super Bowl for the Patriots. Which is very nice. I think that’s nice. I do. Yes. So Brady’s giving his truck to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.”

While a ton of people made fun of the Seahawks for that play call, those jokes are just too close for Kaseberg’s liking.

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