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Originally published Friday, April 15, 2005 at 12:00 AM

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NFL fashion police decide to ban "Ron Mexico" jerseys

The NFL doesn't want "Ron Mexico" to play for the Falcons. Since that name was listed as an alias for Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick in...

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ATLANTA — The NFL doesn't want "Ron Mexico" to play for the Falcons.

Since that name was listed as an alias for Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick in a lawsuit filed last month, a number of people have gone to the NFL's online store to order Vick's No. 7 replica jersey with a personalized "MEXICO" on the back.

But fans trying to order the customized jersey get this message: "The personalization entered cannot be accepted."

The alias was printed in court documents in a civil lawsuit filed March 14 that alleges Vick infected a woman with herpes. Vick has said he will fight the charges.

Among the parties listed in the lawsuit is "Ron Mexico," which the plaintiff's attorneys claim Vick has used as a pseudonym. Vick's attorney, Lawrence Woodward, did not immediately return repeated calls to his office this week.

The Falcons haven't commented on the case.

The NFL told its online shop to add the pseudonym to its list of banned names, along with obscenities and others deemed improper, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

"The jerseys are intended for fans who want to have their name on a jersey," he said. "Obviously, this was in direct reference to recent events.

"We decided it's inappropriate to sell jerseys with that particular name on it."

McCarthy said "only a handful" of orders for the Mexico jerseys had been placed, and none were filled. A few "Ron Mexico" T-shirts have popped up at other online retailers.

The attention has thrust an unwitting Ron Mexico — not an alias — into the spotlight.

"I've been getting a ton of calls. People are asking me if I know him. I don't, of course," said Mexico, an auto-parts supplier in Brighton, Mich.

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"How do you pull a name like that out of the air? Use Bob Smith or Jim Johnson; there's 50 million of them. Out of all the names in the whole world, I wanna know how he picked this name out."

He said he knows of two other people named Ron Mexico — and is related to both.

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