I had to smirk this evening when reading about the lawsuit between Doug Richert and Dale Earnhardt Inc. You can read the Scene Daily story about it here. The most interesting section (and I understand every DEI employee is required to sign a similar agreement) was described as such in the Scene article:
"confidential information includes “all personal and/or non-public matters relating to Teresa Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt, or their families, experiences or circumstances” gathered during his employment. Richert was not allowed to write a book, short story, article or screenplay based on his experiences and cannot participate in any interviews relating to DEI, Teresa Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt and their families..."
With all humility, I sincerely believe this clause was inspired by Teresa Earnhardt's immense... um, let's say distaste for the "Driver #8" book. Because the publishing contract was with Dale Jr./JR Motorsports directly, she didn't share in its proceeds nor did she have any control over its content. Even though the book was very positive and a rosy portrayal - and launched DEI's franchise driver to greater fame (which meant more sponsorship money for the team)- the book's lengthy stay on the best-sellers chart was not met with glee by Mrs. Earnhardt.
Because my company's contract was with Anheuser-Busch, fingerprint inc. had no contracts or legal agreements with DEI. We can all sleep well tonight knowing not everyone is bound by such inane restrictions and the First Amendment right to free speech is a tough thing to circumvent.
I'm not sure when or in what form, but the follow-up to "Driver #8" is going to be one helluva fascinating true story. (Maybe it will be a book, short story, article AND a screenplay...)
In Case You Missed It: Dale Jr's new episode of MTV CRIBS is now online. Click the link for the official Dale Jr. CRIBS segment.
Even better, you can now click to the EXTRAS page for more than four minutes of segments that didn't make the final cut, including his bedroom (ladies, calm yourselves...), his bathtub, pool room, wicked radio-controlled track (a mini-Bristol which started life as a kart track), and MORE of his vehicles, including his sleek, black AMG Mercedes and faithful pickup truck (which is the only vehicle that also appeared in the first CRIBS episode in 2001).