Offensive unlicensed t-shirts have been a staple of college campuses for years. Cartoons making fun of rival coaches and players, catchy puns intended embarrass the opposing fan base; it's all pretty run-of-the-mill college town stuff.
But this Penn State t-shirt, produced by Smack Apparel and reportedly for sale in a non-university sponsored book store in State College, Pa., might be missing the point of team spirit. The shirt has rebranded the NCAA logo with a hammer and sickle in place of the "C," and includes the title National Communist Athletic Association. On the back it reads: "Overstepping their bounds and punishing the innocent since 1906."
The shirts are not university approved, and Smack Apparel has every right to sell them at non-university sponsored book stores and in their online store. It is located off the Penn State campus grounds, but still in State College. After the pictures hit the internet on Wednesday, repeated efforts have been made to specify that the shirt and book store have no ties to the university.
Makes sense, because if there was any connection: not a good look.
Check out the shirt below
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