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After backlash, Under Armour issues apology for ‘Band of Ballers’ shirt

They're going to make sure it 'doesn't happen again.'


Audra Schroeder


Published May 17, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 7:46 pm CDT

Clothing company Under Armour has apologized for a T-shirt design that was deemed offensive to members of the military. 

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On Friday, the company faced pushback after complaints about a new men’s T-shirt flooded its Facebook page. The unfortunately named “Band of Ballers” shirt depicts what appear to be four men collectively holding up a basketball net. It bears a striking resemblance to a well-known image of soldiers raising a flag at Iwo Jima. People weren’t amused. 

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The company issued an apology Saturday morning, via Twitter and Facebook

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The shirt has apparently since been removed from the Under Armour site and Amazon, though it says it’s “sold out” on the UA site. 

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H/T Washington Post | Photo via oatsy40/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: May 17, 2015, 7:51 pm CDT