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As more football players are trademarking their names and catch phrases, one team has been losing its battle to keep the trademark on its controversial mascot.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) cancelled the Washington Redskins' trademark last June, based on the mark being "disparaging to Native Americans." On Monday, the Department of Justice threw its support behind the decision, saying the perspective of Native Americans to the team name outweighed the NFL franchise's alleged intent to honor them.

Would you rather go to jail or give evidence that could put your fiance in jail?

This is the impossible questions Shayanna Jenkins, fiancee of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, must wrestle with. Hernandez is charged with murder for the shooting death of Odin Lloyd. The prosecution seems to think that Jenkins is a key witness for their case and want to compel her to testify. If she refuses, she could face jail time, the Hartford Courant reports.

Why is her testimony so important, and can she refuse?

A Texas jury has awarded seven fans about $76,000 for botched seating arrangements at the 2011 Super Bowl. The jury found the NFL breached its ticket contract with fans because of unavailable temporary seating at Dallas Cowboy Stadium.

The fans did not win on their fraud claims against the NFL, but will still receive awards ranging from $5,700 to $22,000 each.

Between patent trolls and pop stars protecting their lyrics, it should be no surprise that athletes are aggressively trademarking their nicknames and catchphrases.

Jameis Winston filed to trademark Famous Jameis last week. Marshawn Lynch trademarked BEASTMODE, "I'm all about that action boss," and "I'm just here so I don't get fined." "Johnny Football" and "RGIII" are protected marks.

From the NFL to college, football players are filing trademarks in an effort to protect their likenesses and keep others from cashing in. So what are trademarks, and why and how are athletes using them to protect and profit from their surnames, styles, and sound bites?

Marqise Lee is suing Lloyd's of London, alleging the insurance marketplace failed to pay on a disability injury policy regarding the 2014 NFL draft.

The Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver was injured during his junior season at USC and was drafted later than expected.

Adrian Peterson and the NFL Players Association have won their appeal of Peterson's indefinite suspension. A U.S. District Court judge has overturned an arbitrator's ruling that previously upheld the NFL's suspension of Peterson following his indictment on child abuse charges.

The Peterson ruling comes three months after an arbitrator tossed the league's suspension of Ray Rice, claiming the NFL essentially punished Rice twice for the same offense.

Marshawn Lynch gave the same answer, "I'm just here so I won't get fined," in response to every question during his initial Super Bowl press conference. (He followed that up with a chorus of "You know why I'm here" the next day.) Now the Seattle Seahawks running back is trying to make sure no one else uses the phrase without his permission.

Lynch filed an application last week to trademark the phrase, in an effort to secure exclusive rights to use it on shirts, hats, and other athletic apparel. And if his past trademark endeavors are any indication, the infamous quote will soon be his, legally.

Can the Seahawks Really Trademark the Number 12?

The Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks are reportedly trying to use their infamous "12th Man" home-crowd advantage to lead the team to victory at the cash register as well on the field by trademarking several uses of the number "12."

The number "12" -- in reference to the Seattle fans' role as the "12th Man" on the team, after the 11 players on the field -- is just one of the terms the team has trademarked or is trying to, reports The Seattle Times. The team has reportedly filed two dozen trademarks since October 2013 for phrases including "Go Hawks" and the word "boom."

But can the Seahawks really trademark the number "12?"

Jonathan Martin Tackles a Shoplifter: Citizen's Arrest Basics

NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Martin (who will unfortunately always be known as the guy who quit football temporarily after being bullied by a fellow teammate) is back in the news, but this time he wasn't a victim -- he was the man.

According to Yahoo Sports (and Martin's own tweets), Martin subdued an alleged shoplifter in a Versace store last week. Martin said that he saw the shoplifters and reacted without thinking -- pummeling one of them until he was sufficiently subdued to be taken care of by security.

Martin tweeted about the incident using the hashtag #civicduty, but what do you need to know about citizen's arrests before you exercise that duty?

Aaron Hernandez Jury Selection: 5 Things You Should Know

Jury selection began today in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

The jury selection marked the first day of a trial that is expected to last anywhere from six to 10 weeks, The Associated Press reports. The trial is also the first of at least two for Hernandez, who is facing additional murder charges in connection with a 2012 double homicide in Boston.

What should you know about Day 1 of Aaron Hernandez's murder trial? Here are five things: