The Alabama vs. USC “OJ shirt” that went viral last week is no longer for sale.
Last week, in response to a “Roll Tears Roll” shirt that USC was selling ahead of its big opening weekend matchup with Alabama, some enterprising Crimson Tide fans decided to respond with a slightly more offensive tee that poked fun at both the Trojans and last year’s national title game runner-up Clemson.
“Our OJ Only Killed Clemson” is a reference to both OJ Simpson’s murder trial and Alabama tight end OJ Howard’s performance against the Tigers last January.
But Mark Heim over at AL.com has confirmed that Alabama initiated a request for the CLC to remove the shirt from TeePublic.com. Clemson reportedly also supported the request. The inclusion of the word “Clemson” was the main issue. Here’s more:
As it turns out, a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) was sent to the site, Schwartz later confirmed. A DMCA is basically when a copyright holder notifies you if a user of a platform has infringed on their rights with a work.
As it turns out, it wasn’t the reference to Southern Cal, but Clemson that warranted the DMCA.
TeePublic, for the record, relies on user-generated artwork for tee shirt designs – the company didn’t design the thread itself.
It’s unclear if (or how many of) the tee shirts sold before action was taken. If you haven’t see the design – you can check it out below.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 19, 2016
USC and Alabama will meet on Saturday, September 3.