Northwestern’s Wounded Warrior uniforms are drawing criticism from some, praise from others, reports Fox News on Nov. 5. The Northwestern University Wildcats are swapping their traditional purple uniforms in order to send a patriotic message in their upcoming college football game with the Michigan Wolverines on Nov. 16.
The red, white and blue uniforms, meant as a tribute honor the Wounded Warrior Project – a support program and services made available to wounded veterans – is causing some outcry among those who think the graphic of a flag covered in blood is a step too far.
Northwestern spokesman Paul Kennedy said Monday 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” and apologized “for any misinterpretation.”
Opinion is divided over the temporary look, as well as the fact that only a small percentage of the uniforms sold will actually be donated to the charity they represent.
While 100 percent of the auctioned game-worn jerseys will be donated, only ten percent of the proceeds from fan-purchased jerseys will make its way to the Wounded Warrior Project.
“Isn't a flag covered in blood a little on-the-nose for something honoring a group that operates programs for injured veterans?” asks Barry Petchesky from Deadspin.
"The uniforms are a**-ugly," says Deadspin, "but that's almost a given when Under Armour's creativity is allowed to run wild. Instead of player names, the nameplates on the jerseys will be one of seven 'core values': courage, duty, integrity, honor, country, service, and commitment."
What are your thoughts on the new uni's? Over the top or inspiring?