Naval Academy says logo resembles its crest; Nike apologizes
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Nike Inc. apologized after the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland said the similarities between a logo for a clothing line and the academy’s historic seal are undeniable.
Nike said in a statement Friday that they don’t feel it is appropriate to move forward with the collection.
The Washington Post reports the logo is a collaboration between Nike and Undefeated, a Los Angeles sportswear line. The logo and the crest both depict a shield flanked by columns. The Undefeated’s shield has tally marks while the academy’s has an approaching ship.
In a statement, Naval Academy spokeswoman Jennifer M. Erickson said the academy appreciates Nike’s decision to no longer use the logo, saying the decision is respectful of the academy, its students and alumni.
Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com