Cleveland Browns legend Jim Brown will be getting a hefty check from EA Sports after the two sides agreed to a $600,000 settlement for the company’s unauthorized use of his image in the "Madden" video games.
"I took a stand for all athletes and laid a framework for future plaintiffs with my great legal team," Brown said in a statement. "Hopefully, this is a step forward in getting companies like Electronic Arts to recognize the value that athletes have in selling their products."
EA Sports used Brown’s likeness — when he played for the 1965 Browns — in the video game series. The suit, which was filed in Los Angeles County in 2013, alleged that EA approached Brown to use his likeness, but he refused. But EA still created a player in the game that had Brown’s physical attributes and years of experience in the league.