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Mississippi State AD apologizes for ‘offensive’ warmup shirts

April 16, 2015 / Athletic AdministrationBaseball
Mississippi State Athletic Director Scott Stricklin apologized today for what he called offensive T-shirts that were worn by the university’s baseball players.

New batting practice shirts for Mississippi State baseball players. | Photo via Twitter, Michael Bonner, @MikeBBonner
New batting practice shirts for Mississippi State baseball players. | Photo via Twitter, Michael Bonner, @MikeBBonner

The batting practice shirts include several phrases, one of which is “f*** the school up north,” an apparent dig at rival Ole Miss.

“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 on 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.”

From The Clarion-Ledger:

The shirts came with matching cleats and spandex sleeves and leggings. The design for all three paid homage to Starkville’s nickname “Starkvegas.” It reads “Viva Starkvegas Mississippi” across the chest.

Adidas is in Starkville for Super Bulldog Weekend. The clothing company has created special uniforms each year for the event. Adidas designed 17 uniforms for Mississippi State this season. The “Stakvegas” edition won’t see the field though.


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