Look, I only spent two years at the United States Naval Academy, but a lot of lessons stuck with me. Like that whole "Honor Concept" thing, which says midshipmen do not lie, cheat or steal: They "ensure that work submitted as their own is their own, and that assistance received from any source is authorized and properly documented," and they "respect the property of others and ensure that others are able to benefit from the use of their own property."
But when it comes to cheatin' and stealin', Nike apparently holds true to its own credo: "Just do it."
That's about all I can say regarding the megalithic apparel hawker's new t-shirt collab with Los Angeles-based shoe company Undefeated, which rolled out this attempt at a regal streetcore logo on Monday:
If you're a big fan of brands getting scorched in social media replies, then you'll love the thread under that tweet, where alumni and supporters of Canoe U. immediately smelled a rat:
Needless to say, reporter Danielle Ohl from Annapolis's hometown newspaper was on it:
"Similarity" is a polite way of saying what's pretty obvious: Nike & Undefeated snatched the Naval Academy's very recognizable seal and jammed a swoosh on it.
USNA told Ohl that its staff is "studying" the similarity with Nike's "new" design, and "a representative for Under Armour, the top Nike competitor and apparel provider for Naval Academy sports teams, said their legal team is reviewing the use." But that Under Armour rep "deferred to the academy, as the seal is not an Under Armour trademark." (Ohl didn't specify whether the Under Armour rep was doing a dance at Nike's self-own during the interview.)
Nike never got back to Ohl; we'll reach out, too, today, and see if we get a response on their act of piracy against Navy.
Say, that makes me wonder: Who makes Army's jerseys?
An aerial view of the Pentagon building in Washington, June 15, 2005. U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld defended the Guantanamo prison against critics who want it closed by saying U.S. taxpayers have a big financial stake in it and no other facility could replace it at a Pentagon briefing on Tuesday. (Reuters/Jason Reed JIR/CN)
The Pentagon is sending nearly 1,000 more troops to the Middle East as part of an escalating crisis with Iran that defense officials are struggling to explain.
The Marine lieutenant colonel removed from command of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in May was ousted over alleged "misconduct" but has not been charged with a crime, Task & Purpose has learned.
Lt. Col. Francisco Zavala, 42, who was removed from his post by the commanding general of 1st Marine Division on May 7, has since been reassigned to the command element of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, and a decision on whether he will be charged is "still pending," MEF spokeswoman 1st Lt. Virginia Burger told Task & Purpose last week.
"We are not aware of any ongoing or additional investigations of Lt. Col. Zavala at this time," MEF spokesman 2nd Lt. Brian Tuthill told Task & Purpose on Monday. "The command investigation was closed May 14 and the alleged misconduct concerns Articles 128 and 133 of the UCMJ," Tuthill added, mentioning offenses under military law that deal with assault and conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman.
"There is a period of due process afforded the accused and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty," he said.
When asked for an explanation for the delay, MEF officials directed Task & Purpose to contact 1st Marine Division officials, who did not respond before deadline.
The investigation of Zavala, completed on May 3 and released to Task & Purpose in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, showed that he had allegedly acted inappropriately. The report also confirmed some details of his wife's account of alleged domestic violence that Task & Purpose first reported last month.