It might get old if you look like a celebrity or famous athlete. Just sharing their name might be tiring. It would probably be like that commercial of the middle-aged white guy named Michael Jordan — anytime he makes a reservation or his name goes before him, people are excited, then when he shows up, they look disappointed and say, “Oh.” But if you look like someone famous, you might get stopped all the time in public for autographs, then people are disappointed when they realize you aren’t that person.
Allen Heckard knows how that feels. People mistake him for Michael Jordan because of his looks, even though he’s 4 inches shorter. He says this happens two or three times a day, and eventually he got to the point where he said, “Enough is enough. I can’t take it anymore.”
So what would you do? He says he’s changed his appearance some, but it didn’t work. So he filed a lawsuit against Michael Jordan and Nike, claiming he is owed $832 million for 15 years of harassment by the public. I wonder how he came up with that figure. Needless to say, he didn’t win.
Heckard afterward said, “It’s not about the money. A man has to have principles to stand on.” That’s some principles if they’re worth $832 million! If he’s just wanting to retire and stay home most of the time, he could’ve asked for a lot less money and still accomplished that.
Sometimes you have to wonder what people were thinking…