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OKC company pulls Seattle-taunting Thunder shirt after receiving death threats

An Oklahoma City apparel company says it has pulled a Thunder T-shirt from its website after receiving death threats from angry SuperSonics fans.

The insensitive shirt (seen above) features the Seattle Supersonics logo and says “OKC Thunder” on the front. The back taunts Thunder fans with a mean-spirited message: “Thank you Seattle – Okc.”

The shirt apparently has been around for a few years but didn’t receive much attention until it was mentioned on Twitter by New York Times NBA writer Howard Beck and then highly publicized by Yahoo! NBA blog Ball Don’t Lie.

The shirt’s maker, Warpaint Clothing Co., says it began receiving hate mail on Monday and initially laughed about rubbing it in for Sonics fans. They expressed a more conciliatory tone several hours later:

They also reportedly announced they were removing the shirt from their site because of death threats, but that tweet has been deleted. A different version of the shirt seems to be available on the site.

I’m glad the company received some backlash and decided to pull the shirt. Tasteful taunting is fair game when your team beats another city’s, but mocking fans for their owner selling to another who moved the team out of the city is overboard.



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  • Anonymous

    not sure what they pulled, but a t-shirt with the same controversial front and back design is still selling on their site.

    http://warpaintstore.com/products/271690-okcthunder 

  • Kibosh

    BOYCOT! @Warpaintrags

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2PMVRXRGXDXUPKSQJX7DEPII7A John Fosberg

    WHY  SEATTLE IS  A LOSER  CITY   I LIVE THERE  AND   HATE MOST EVEY THING  ABOUT IT THE WEATHER THE  PEOPLE THE TEAMS  ARE  ALL LOSERS LOOK AT THE MARINERS

  • Kibosh

    See you’re what’s wrong with Seattle; fair-weather know-nothing fans that have bigger mouths than brains. If you were really from Seattle you’d know that the Sonics were the winningest thing we had going for us and if you couldn’t tell by the avatar I’m not an M’s fan. But for a some POS t-shirt company to think it’s funny to rub in our face the fact that some rich D-bag lied to all of us and took our team of 35 years away from us is pretty insensitive.

  • Dan Garvin

    Also, Seattle is a very well-educated city.  Your spelling, capitalization, and (lack of) punctuation give you away.  Why anyone would brag about having an NBA team is beyond me, though.  Ohhhhh, right, it’s Oklahoma City.  That makes sense, then.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ENYHWSVLP23WBUKKYWOVN6S5SY DavidB

    It is just a dang t-shirt! People are acting like a bunch of 3rd graders. Again it is just a t-shirt and most people will not even see one on someone else. So quit all the (-) talk. If these comments were coming from my children, I will tell them to stop crying before I give them a reason to cry.

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  • Mexoplex

    dont hate the player, hate the game. Taunting is taunting. Funny how its only funny when its NOT about your team. #yaclosetbandwagonfans