Originally written on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 12/17/12

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 19: Jimmy Clausen of the Carolina Panthers warms up before their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Here at Helmet2Helmet, I’ve made it an unwritten rule to focus solely on the NFL and rarely delve into the collegiate ranks. Of course, when the situation calls for it, I’ve made exceptions to that rule (and even its own category). Thanks to Jimmy Clausen, this is one of those times. On Monday, the Panthers backup quarterback and Notre Dame alumnus tweeted a controversial picture of a t-shirt which references next month’s BCS National Championship game between the Fighting Irish and Crimson tide. Reading “Catholics vs. Cousins,” the shirt features two caricatures: a stiff-arming leprechaun (Notre Dame) and a yokel swigging moonshine (Alabama). Predictably, this landed Clausen in hot water with his followers, who’ve presumably complained about the highly stereotypical images. Shortly after firing off the Twitpic, Clausen deleted it from his Twitter account and began to backtrack. The shirt was sent to me! I was saying THANK YOU #calmdownpeople — Jimmy Clausen (@JimmyCla...
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