If you want a customized NFL jersey with the name “Harambe” on the back, you’ll have to go elsewhere.
The NFL Shop has a neat feature that allows fans to put a customized name on the back of a jersey. This costs an exorbitant amount of money when compared to buying a regular player’s jersey, but is still a popular option for fans who want a special name on their favorite team’s jersey.
Fans are apparently abusing that privilege and the NFL Shop was forced to take a stand. Unfortunately for some fans, they won’t be able to get a customized jersey with the deceased gorilla’s name on the back. The NFL Shop has banned customers from placing “Harambe” on the back of jerseys, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
Harambe was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo by zookeepers in June after a 3-year-old boy fell into the exhibit and was picked up and dragged by the 17-year-old gorilla.
This incident sparked outrage across the country and clearly hasn’t been forgotten. Plenty of football fans are trying to keep Harambe’s spirit alive. The NFL Shop has had enough.
Fans and animal rights activists will have to find a new way to commemorate their favorite gorilla.