There’s no question that the Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., is full of smart people.
It’s odd, then, that no one realized that their football team’s special "Wounded Warrior" uniforms had a design element that looked like blood spatter on an American flag. And odder still that no one realized that might raise some eyebrows at least and could possibly offend some people.
While some called the move "classy
," others weren’t as impressed
The uniforms show what to some look like blood stains on a flag. Northwestern spokesman Paul Kennedy said Monday it's a "distressed pattern on both the stars and stripes that was inspired by the appearance of a flag that has flown proudly over a long period of time" and apologized "for any misinterpretation."
The uniforms don’t appear to be changing for the team’s Nov. 16 game against the University of Michigan.
, the reaction was mixed, too. Some fans the uniforms were great while some called it, as one fan said, “a bit much.”
It should be noted that 10 percent of the proceeds from sales of replica jerseys will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. There’s been just as much outrage about the seemingly paltry percentage as the design itself.
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Northwestern and Under Armour, the company that made the uniforms, both noted that 100 percent of the proceeds from uniforms players actually wear in the game, which will be auctioned off online, will go to the Wounded Warrior project.