Man Arrested For Selling Counterfeit NBA Merchandise

MIAMI – (CBS4) – For allegedly selling about $127 worth of counterfeit NBA posters and photographs, Freddie McCrae is sitting jail with a $7,000 bond.

Police arrested McCrae on May 22nd just after 11 p.m. on Biscayne Boulevard between Northeast 5th and 6th streets.

That was the same day the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

The National Basketball Association, a multi-billion business, routinely hires officers to work detail to crack down on those selling counterfeit merchandise.

An officer who was posing as a buyer approached McCrae’s table where he allegedly told the undercover officer that “small frames are $20,” according to the police report.

When an NBA employee who accompanied the officer told McCrae to surrender the counterfeit property, McCrae allegedly became aggressive saying, “I’m just doing this to help out and y’all over here [expletive] with me,” the report states.

McCrae was charged with selling counterfeit merchandise, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest without violence and vending without a license.

On Tuesday, a judge ordered McCrae be held on a $7,000 bond.

  • david

    I guess with all their millions the NBA really has nothing better to do than go after a small business man….

    • Javier Soler

      Yes, they do have better things to do, like trademark and intellectual property protection, just like any other business that has invested millions in developing name recognition and brand awareness and does not want their profits cut and image diluted by cheap counterfeit products from people that don’t even bother to do something as simple as getting a vendors license. In this case the perpetrator happened to be small-time but that doesn’t give him the right to capitalize on copyright infringement. And it’s not like the NBA personally put him in jail – if he hadn’t opened his mouth and become aggressive his lazy @$$ would still be free right now.

  • gringo

    I guess it will be a better idea if he was selling crack to our kids. Pathetic.

  • FYI

    This is nothing new. The NFL has customs agents go to flea markets and other places to arrest those selling superbowl merchandise.

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