COLLEGE STATION (MCT) — Ex-Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and his longtime best friend from Kerrville, Nathan Fitch, apparently are both trying to trademark the term, “The House that Johnny Built,” according to an ESPN.com article.
The Aggies' Kyle Field is undergoing a $450 million renovation, and Manziel's success as the 2012 Heisman winner is credited in part for helping raise the funds. The article's author, Darren Rovell, wrote, “If Fitch and Manziel were on the same page, one has to wonder why Manziel's team filed for the phrase on its own.”
According to ESPN, Fitch Estate Sales, a company owned by Fitch's family, filed for the slogan in December, while Manziel recently filed for it. A&M declined on-record comment, but any owner of the term would have to work with A&M if any likeness of Kyle Field were to be used as part of an item up for sale.
Fitch hasn't been seen much with Manziel recently as the QB prepares for the NFL draft. But on Thursday, in an apparent response to the article, he posted on Twitter: “I'll make this simple, Johnny is my boy. It's not complicated.”