The Northwestern University football team has come on hard times. After an impressive start to the season it’s in the midst of a five-game losing streak. And this week the school is caught up in a controversy about, of all things, a uniform that some say appears to be splattered in blood.
The Wildcats will play Michigan Wolverines at home on November 16, just five days after Veterans Day. The university teamed up with Under Armour and the Wounded Warrior Project to design a special flag-themed set of uniforms for the game.
One-tenth of the proceeds from the sale of replica uniforms will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, a public-service organization founded by veterans to support veterans who’ve been wounded on duty. And after the game, uniforms worn by players on the field will be auctioned off and 100% of that money goes to WWP. An Under Armour spokesman said the program could raise upwards of $100,000 for Wounded Warriors.
But some don’t like the design of the special uniforms. A blogger on the Deadspin website wrote, “But isn’t ‘flag covered in blood’ a little on-the-nose for something honoring a group that operates programs for injured veterans?”
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