Added by Nigel Shelbourne on April 22, 2013
Nike said it had recalled from its store shelves on Monday, out of respect for the Boston Marathon attacks, t-shirts that were emblazoned with the words “Boston Massacre”.
“We conducted this process as quickly as possible and are confident the product has been removed from distribution,” said a Nike spokesperson.
The phrase “Boston Massacre” is a reference to a 1770 attack by on Boston by British soldiers. The t-shirt plays on the event’s significance and is for New York Yankees fans to highlight the end of the Boston Red Sox playoff chances in 1978 and 2006 when the Yankees swept the World Series.
The sweeps came to be known among fans as the “Boston massacres”.
Three people died and over 170 were injured last week in twin bomb blasts at the finish line of the famous Boston Marathon. Authorities have since identified two brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – Tamerian, 26, was killed in a gunfight with police and Dzhokar, 19, was captured last Friday after a massive manhunt closed a large part of Boston. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged and could face the death penalty under US Federal law.