Bryce Harper: Nationals' Slugger Applies to Trademark "Clown Question, Bro"

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJune 22, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 20:  Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals walks back to the dugout after popping out against the Tampa Bay Rays in interleague play at Nationals Park on June 20, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Bryce Harper is stepping up to take what's his—like sitting on a 2-0 fastball and driving it deep into the Nationals' ballpark outfield. 

The D.C. Sports Blog of The Washington Post reports Harper and his team are applying to trademark the brilliant "Clown Question, Bro" meme.

Chase Huges of CSNWashington reported earlier that official Clown Question swag is on the way. 

Prior to the Nats-Rays game tonight, Harper told Comcast SportsNet's Kelli Johnson that Under Armour will begin selling t-shirts with the now often repeated phrase.  

By now, most of you have seen the video that started a wave of people dismissing stupid questions with the bravado and brashness of a 19-year-old phenom. 

Even senator Harry Reid got into the mix recently. 

Of course, a ubiquitous saying means a great deal in revenue when you consider the amount of fans who clamor for shirts and other paraphernalia touting the famous saying. 

The Washington Post report states someone delivered a great deal of quick thinking after the quip. 

A quick search of the U.S. Patent and Trademark database reveals that the day after he uttered the phrase “That’s a clown question, bro,” Harper (or more likely someone on his clearly savvy management team) applied for the trademark in Harper’s name for “wearing apparel, namely, shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, pants, shorts, hats, visors, gloves, shoes.”

Yahoo Sports had this screen grab of the application. 

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They also insinuate Under Armour—the sports apparel company that endorses Harper—is set to cash in. 

I say more power to the young slugger. There is a flood of people trying to cash in on a moment that belongs to the Nationals' star and the words only he could deliver. 

If there is money to be made, it should belong to Harper, who continues to be the next great hype in Major League Baseball. 

I would look for a wide array of "Clown Question" apparel shortly. 

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