The NFL Shop is quickly backtracking on its stance when it comes to fans placing “Harambe” on a customized jersey.
A report from ESPN’s Darren Rovell Wednesday suggested customers were banned from putting the name of the deceased gorilla on the backs of jerseys. A day later, Rovell reports the NFL put Harambe as a banned word “by mistake,” and that fans are now allowed to put that name on the backs of jerseys again.
I delved into the NFL Shop myself to investigate and it turns out Harambe is now an acceptable customized name.
Yesterday, this was the message fans would receive if they tried typing in Harambe’s name.
Rest easy, Harambe advocates. You can still honor the memory of your favorite gorilla and show support for your team. That is, if you’re willing to pay $300 for a customized jersey. But hey, it ships for free!