TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Tyrone Prothro took the stand Wednesday to testify in the Ed O’Bannon vs. NCAA antitrust trial and took to Twitter on Thursday to reaffirm his “love” for Alabama.
The former Crimson Tide wide receiver served as one of the plaintiff’s key witnesses in the long-awaited trial, which could forever change how college athletes are compensated for the use of their their names, images and likenesses on TV broadcasts and video games. Among the revelations to emerge from Prothro’s testimony: Alabama asked him to pay $10 for photos of a famous catch he made against Southern Miss that ultimately netted the university $110,000 for its general scholarship fund.
Prothro, whose career came to an abrupt end just a few weeks later when he broke his leg against Florida, had hoped to use the photographs in his autobiography, “Catch and Hold.” He decided to pass.
“Of course I could have purchased some pictures, but I didn’t feel I should have to pay any kind of money for my own photos,” Prothro said, according to a report from SI.com. “I didn’t think it was fair at all.
“I want to see change for the future … I believe I should have some say over my image being used somewhere. Right now that’s not the case.”
Prothro’s testimony was the headlining moment on Day 3 of the trial, and numerous national reporters led their stories with anecdotes about it. Prothro, though, did not like how he was portrayed in some of the reports, prompting him to respond with three Tweets and a few replies to his followers.
In back-to-back Tweets, he stressed that he was not “bitter” with Alabama.
Prothro, who has undergone 10 surgeries on his leg, joined the antitrust lawsuit in 2010. He was the second former college athlete to testify in the trial, as O’Bannon, a former UCLA and NBA basketball player, spoke Monday.