Northwestern: No, Our Special Uniforms Aren't Blood-Stained

It's supposed to look like an old flag, but some see it differently
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 5, 2013 11:39 AM CST

(Newser) – Northwestern football players will don flag-inspired uniforms for their Nov. 16 game to honor wounded vets—but they're already apologizing for the gear. That's because it appears to be bloodstained, the AP reports via the Washington Post. In fact, it's a "distressed pattern on both the stars and stripes that was inspired by the appearance of a flag that has flown proudly over a long period of time," says a rep for the team, who apologized "for any misinterpretation."

The jerseys will be auctioned after the game, with proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project. That's a "classy" move for a great cause, opines Bleacher Report, but "isn't 'flag covered in blood' a little on-the-nose for something honoring a group that operates programs for injured veterans?" asks Deadspin.

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