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NFL bans custom Harambe jerseys—then corrects their mistake

Harambe would've hated this.


April Siese

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 15, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 12:32 am CDT

As the Daily Dot has tirelessly chronicled, Harambe loved football. That’s why it comes as such a shock that the professional arm of the fallen silverback gorilla’s favorite sport has betrayed him.

According to ESPN reporter Darren Rovell, the NFL is blocking the sale of custom jerseys with Harambe as the nameplate. The New Orleans Saints’ official Twitter account corroborated this.

And this guy found a loophole.

Seeking a loophole of my own (and a reason to replace my shitty Frank Gore-numbered, “Siese” nameplated 49ers jersey with a Harambe one), I dropped by the NFL custom shop only to find an error message.

A Google Cached View still shows a fully operational custom shop, yet clicking on any displayed jersey led me right back to the same error message. Did the NFL just shutter one of its biggest money-making online stores because of Harambe? The Daily Dot reached out the the NFL Shop and is awaiting a response.

In the meantime, keep those loopholes comin’. Fight the power for Harambe.

Update Sept. 15 8:22am CT: The gods have smiled upon us once more.

It turns out that Harambe was erroneously put on a list of banned words after an MLB official complained about jerseys being sold that explicitly honored the ape who died. Fanatics, the company in charge of turning your custom sports gear dreams into reality, took that concern seriously. So seriously that it banned Harambe across professional leagues, including the NFL. They’ve since amended that error. Harambe would be thrilled.

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*First Published: Sep 15, 2016, 6:30 am CDT