Originally written April 22, 2013 on The Victory Formation:
There are two incidences that have received the name the ‘Boston Massacre.’ One, was the original incident which took place March 5, 1770, in which British Army soldiers killed five colonists and injured six others. The other was in 1978 when the New York Yankees won all four games in a September series by a combined score of 42–9. Yankees fans have been able to buy a T-shirt made by Nike that says “Boston Massacre” for the past few years, but the clothing line will discontinue production and sales of the T-shirt in response to last week’s Boston Marathon bombings. Via the AP: “We conducted this process as quickly as possible and are confident the product has been removed from distribution,” Nike spokeswoman Mary Remuzzi said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press. It seems a bit excessive, as most people wouldn’t associate the term with the tragedy that took place last week. But in this day in age, companies don’t want to take the chance with offending anyone, so they typically err on the side of caution.
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