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Naval Academy says logo resembles its crest; Nike apologizes

June 16, 2018

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.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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