Normally clad in purple, Northwestern will do battle against the Michigan on Saturday, November 16, dressed in red, white and blue, but that's not what has some people crying foul.
The Wildcats will take their home field, against the Wolverines, wearing custom Under Armour uniforms to raise awareness and support for the Wounded Warrior Project. The organization's mission is to honor and empower the nation's wounded service members.
However, the uniforms are not without controversy. Players' last names will be stitched on the back jersey along with one of seven core value embellishments: Duty, Honor, Courage, Commitment, Integrity, Country and Service. The design of jerseys and helmets consists of stars, stripes, and what some deemed to be fake blood splatter.
Some believe the uniforms show what represents blood stains on the American flag. Northwestern has apologized for any misconceptions of the uniforms as they were intended to show support for wounded service members during the week of Veteran's Day. Northwestern spokesman Paul Kennedy said the design is 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." He apologized "for any misinterpretation."
After the game, the jerseys will be auctioned off the Wildcats' website, Nusports.com. 100-percent of the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
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