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Bomani Jones wears 'Caucasians' shirt, 'freaks out' ESPN

By
Alex Butler

BRISTOL, Conn., April 7 (UPI) -- ESPN personality Bomani Jones has been adamant in his opposition of the Cleveland Indians' continued usage of its Chief Wahoo mascot.

He broadcast his opposition in the form of a t-shirt Thursday while appearing on Mike & Mike.

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The shirt Jones wore mocked the Cleveland Indians logo. Jones' shirt read: "Caucasians" in Indians script, featuring a white man wearing a dollar sign headdress.

Cleveland claimed it was moving away from the Chief Wahoo logo and went back to the "Block C" as its primary mark. But owner Paul Dolan has said there are no plans to completely eliminate the logo.

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The logo was removed from the road cap in 2011 and from its home batting helmet in 2013. The logo is still present on the sleeve of Indians jerseys.

Sources told TMZ Sports that ESPN "freaked out" when the company noticed Jones' shirt. The website reported that Jones was asked to "cover up" the shirt. He eventually partially zipped up his jacket.

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"As the show progressed, we felt Bomani had made his point and had openly discussed why he was wearing the shirt, and we wanted to keep the focus to the topics of the day," an ESPN representative told TMZ Sports.

Shelf Life Clothing created the t-shirt. Its website has crashed since Jones wore the shirt.

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In 2014, Shelf Life Clothing t-shirt designer Brian Kirby sold $20,000 worth of the shirts in 24 hours, according to Cleveland.com.

"The Internet caught on fire, because it raised the issue by flipping it upside down, and the orders kept on coming in," Kirby told Cleveland.com.

V-necks, stickers, and hoodies are also available.

"I came up with the shirt to raise a point, but in a disarming way," Kirby told Cleveland.com. "I didn't mean any spite by it."

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