The Alabama Crimson Tide and USC Trojans kickoff their 2016 season this Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and fans have been chomping at the bit to see some football.
It all started a couple of weeks ago when USC fans took a shot at ‘Bama with a “Roll Tears Roll” t-shirt.
As you would expect, the Crimson Tide were quick to respond.
Unfortunately, their response was a controversial one. The Alabama fans created a shirt which read ““Our OJ Only Killed Clemson,” a shot at former USC running back OJ Simpson and current tight end OJ Howard, who had an incredible game against Clemson in the national championship.
The negative backlash was understandable and now the shirts will no longer be made. However, the issue wasn’t with the insensitive comments. Instead, it was with the use of the word Clemson.
From Mark Heim of AL.com:
As it turns out, a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) was sent to the site, Schwartz later confirmed. A DMCA is basically when a copyright holder notifies you if a user of a platform has infringed on their rights with a work.
As it turns out, it wasn’t the reference to Southern Cal, but Clemson that warranted the DMCA.
If you were able to snag one of the t-shirts before they were taken off the market, it looks like you now have a collectors item.
Kickoff for USC vs. Alabama is set for 8 p.m. ET.