Adidas Stops Selling Kevin Ware Shirts, Cites "Use Of Logo Issue"
An adidas spokesperson said the company has stopped selling T-shirts with injured Louisville G Kevin Ware's No. 5 due to a "use of logo issue." The school initially said that it "had waived any traditional royalties" or sales of the shirt and that "instead adidas would make contributions to the university's scholarship fund." However, "questions have subsequently arisen" about the shirt, "both in the appropriateness of profiting from Ware's injury and whether it might violate NCAA rules" (USATODAY.com, 4/5).
Meanwhile, Saturday's Wichita State-Louisville Final Four game at the Georgia Dome will feature 1,000 oversized pictures of Ware's head in the stands provided by Build-A-Head. Knicks F Amar'e Stoudemire agreed to donate the $2,500 for the heads via his foundation, and the placards will display the foundation logo on the back, along with the Twitter hashtag #WinForWare. Louisville Sports Information Dir Kenny Klein said that the "heads were cleared by the school's compliance department" (ESPN.com, 4/5).