Bryce Harper probably never imagined he could cash in on a seemingly stupid question, yet that's exactly what the young star is planning today. Harper was asked his favorite beer by a Canadian sports radio reporter, and the 19-year-old responded by saying, "That's a clown question, bro."
In a move that will make beltway politicians proud, Harper filed the necessary paperwork with the U.S. Patent and Trademark database to trademark the famous phrase. The move, which the Washington Post reports was most likely done by someone in his management team, took place the day after he first used the response.
As a result of going viral, with more than 600,000 views as of this morning, Under Armour will start to sell T-shirts with the phrase on it. The line "That's a clown question, bro," has been parroted by a number of famous folks, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in the last few days.
On the field, Harper has been on fire for the Nationals, batting .337, with 4 doubles, 3 triples, 5 homers and 15 RBIs in his past 26 games entering Thursday.
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