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People Are Deeply Offended By Coach Belichick's Shirt - Do You Have A Problem With It?

Bill Belichick, the head coach of the New England Patriots and owner of 7 Super Bowl Rings, has made national headlines after wearing a shirt that supported the military. As a prominent sporting figure, Mr. Belichick’s views have regularly been opposed by social activists, other coaches and now, politicians.

This isn’t the first time that Mr. Belichick’s social and political opinions have been criticized by the media. During the 2016 presidential election, Mr. Belichick made waves when he penned a supportive open letter for then-presidential-candidate Donald Trump. The Commander-in-Chief would later read the contents of the letter to an adoring crowd of supporters at a New Hampshire rally.

This time, Mr. Belichick is garnering controversy because he was photographed wearing a sleeveless khaki green shirt in Nantucket, Massachusetts. The front of the shirt shows a U.S. soldier with a weapon stalking a man wearing a headwrap or turban. The ‘terrorist’ is being bitten by a K9 dog and below the caricatures is the slogan: ‘Life is great.'

As soon as the images surfaced online, Mr. Belichick faced an immediate backlash. Luke O’Neil, who writes for Esquire, savaged the Patriots coach in a scathing piece, entitled: “Bill Belichick's Off-Season Look Is Basically Breitbart In Margaritaville.” O’Neill didn’t shy away from sensitive subject matter, writing: “While the original Life Is Good designs are about the chill-bro vibes of tossing a frisbee on the beach, this is a much darker state of affairs: Watching a dog maul a brown-skinned, presumably Muslim man, is supposed to be … delightful?”

A growing legion of Twitter users have accused Mr. Belichick of acting “blatantly racist,” and Tariq Nasheed, a social activist and media personality, has compared the shirt to domestic racism, writing: “This is a very interesting shirt that Patriots GM Bill Belichick has on. It reminds me of that video of a police dog mauling a Black man.”

Dave Zirin, a sports commentator, has even associated Mr. Belichick’s shirt with the notorious cases of torture and abuse in the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. “Why doesn't Belichick just wear a shirt that reads 'Abu Ghraib Spring Break'?” wrote Zirin.

The Boston Herald has reported that Mr. Belichick’s shirt is not connected to the official ‘Life is Good’ brand and was purchased from Trident K9, a company run by Jim Amann, a former SEAL in the U.S. Navy. Trident K9 is a vendor of military K9 and police service equipment and all profits are given to veteran foundations.

Since the controversy around Mr. Belichick began, Jim has registered an enormous spike in sales, reporting that “the shirt” is sold out after a 500 percent increase in buyers. The former SEAL intends to give all the monetary gains to the Navy SEAL Foundation, saying: “It's a worthwhile charity, and I don't want to make a profit here. It’s always great to see someone who is respected to support our troops in any way. He’s well known for being a supporter of the military, and I think that’s great.”

Source: Independent Journal Review
Photo: Twitter, Boston Herald

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