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Tattooed athletes Reggie Miller, Marcin Gorat get ink for their ink

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It's not been a banner day for athletes, both current and former, who sport tattoos.

First, there was the TMZ post earlier that included an unfortunate photo of Reggie Miller doing the Jar Jar Binks walk and sporting a tummy tat. Most guys get those -- right?

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Then it was revealed over at Fanhouse that backup Orland Magic center Marcin Gortat got in trouble with Reebok, with whom he has a shoe contract, over some photos of him that appeared in a Polish newspaper that prominently featured his Michael Jordan tattoo. Dudes get tattoos of other dudes on their bodies -- right?
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From Fanhouse:

"They called and said I had to do something about it, but that ain't going to happen,'' Gortat said after Tuesday morning's workout.

"I've been wearing it 4-5 years now, and it helped me get to the NBA," said Gortat. "They didn't say anything about it when I signed the contract, so it's not going anywhere. I don't think they are paying me enough to take it off.''

Gortat would not say how much his Reebok contract is worth beyond the shoes he is provided to wear, but he said it was minimal compared to what the stars of the league receive.

I've heard from other people that even other players, if they don't know my name, they know I'm the big white guy with the Jordan tattoo,'' he said. "I like that. Reebok will have to get used to that."

This is only going to end well for Gortat, right? So far in the Finals, he's averaged 18 minutes and 5.5 rebounds -- not exactly headline-inducing numbers. And yet ... here are. Writing headlines about Dwight Howard's backup because of an issue that would have gone entirely unnoticed by 99.9 percent of those with any sort of basketball consciousness. 

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