MSU, Adidas apologize for vulgar apparel


Mississippi State pitchers Austin Sexton and Vance Tatum are shown wearing the shirts during Thursday's practice. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Mississippi State pitchers Austin Sexton and Vance Tatum are shown wearing the shirts during Thursday’s practice. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Mississippi State’s newest Adidas baseball warm-ups created some controversy Thursday afternoon.

The Diamond Dogs debuted new shirts with “Viva Starkvegas” on the front and various school specific sayings scattered throughout the rest of the shirt.

However, one of the statements embedded in the font reads “F – – K THE SCHOOL UP NORTH” referring to MSU’s instate rivalry with Ole Miss.

The shirts, leggings and spikes with the same pattern were to be worn for practice and would not be used in a game.

MSU director of athletics Scott Stricklin released a statement on the matter in a series of tweets which read:

This afternoon it came to my attention that a shirt provided to our baseball team by adidas has an inappropriate phrase written on it … This is completely unacceptable and does not reflect the standards and values of Mississippi State University or its athletic dept … For anyone who was offended by this shirt, as I was, please accept our apologies and rest assured that this has been rectified.”

Adidas also issued an apology claiming full responsibility for the vulgar attire.

“We apologize to Mississippi State, their student-athletes, fans and alumni for this error. The Bulldogs’ baselayer graphic today featured old artwork that was never presented to the university. This graphic does not reflect our brand values nor those of Mississippi State. We take full responsibility for this error and wish Mississippi State the best of luck during Super Bulldog Weekend.”

The Diamond Dogs host No. 6 Florida this weekend.



I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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  • Reb

    Figures…. Class must be hard to come by when you exist with a perpetual inferiority complex

  • Mantachie

    How would Adidas even know about the “school up north” unless staff at State gave it to them. I rooted for state when they were number 1 in football. The arrogance of the coaches in the athletic dept finally made me stop.

  • Mantachie

    I liked Croom. Hated he only had one winning season. He had class.

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