By Colby Carrington
File this – along w/ Russell Simmons’ Harriet Tubman sex parody – under “Really should have reconsidered that one.”
A New York clothing store was selling a Knicks t-shirt with the logo reworked to read “Real New York Kniggas” before customer complaints – and the threat of a lawsuit by the basketball team – shut it down.
In an official statement, the Knicks said “We absolutely do not condone this t-shirt, which violates our trademark rights and now that it has been brought to our attention, the Knicks are working with the NBA to have the store cease and desist from selling them.”
The store manager, Eddie Nunez shrugged off the brouhaha about the $45 shirt.
“Everybody’s different,” he told NBC New York. “Some people are offended, some people laugh, some people buy it.”
Nunez initially intended to keep selling the top despite the backlash but later changed his mind.
Trademark infringement aside, I wonder if Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz would otherwise have gotten a pass to sell similarly designed shirts.
Do you think the shirt was funny or in poor taste?