On Thursday, the Mississippi State Bulldogs baseball team unveiled some gaudy warmups produced by adidas. After the uniforms surfaced online, it didn’t take long for someone to point out a vulgar message to Ole Miss.
Hidden in the jersey was the phrase, “F–K the school up North.”
The jersey also featuerd the phrases “Hail State,” “Dudy Noble” “Starkvegas” and “Left Field Lounge,” but it was the obscenity that really caught everyone’s attention.
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//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsHere is another look for those who can’t immediately locate the hidden message.
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Nice try, adidas, but you can’t sneak anything by the internet.
Since the phrase has been pointed out, adidas has issued a statement apologizing and taking full responsibility for the warmups.
“We apologize to Mississippi State, their student-athletes, fans and alumni for this error. The Bulldogs’ baselayer graphic today featured old artwork that was never presented to the university,” the statement read.
“This graphic does not reflect our brand values nor those of Mississippi State. We take full responsibility for this error and wish Mississippi State the best of luck during Super Bulldog Weekend.”
Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin also commented on the issue.
“This afternoon it came to my attention that a shirt provided to our baseball team by adidas has an inappropriate phrase written on it.,” Stricklin said, via Twitter.
“This is completely unacceptable and does not reflect the standards and values of Mississippi State University or its athletic dept. For anyone who was offended by this shirt, as I was, please accept our apologies and rest assured that this has been rectified.”
Oh, and don’t worry Mississippi State fans. These will not be worn during games. They are simply a warmup for the team.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Michael Bonner/Clarion Star Ledger