- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 15, 2016

If you want to honor Harambe the gorilla on your NFL jersey, you are now allowed to do it.

On Wednesday, it was discovered that the name “Harambe” wasn’t allowed on many professional league uniforms, including the NFL and MLB.

But according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, it was a mistake outside of the NFL’s control.

The ban originally came about after an official of a MLB team contacted Fanatics, the online retailer for the NFL and the MLB, to express his concern over fans putting “Harambe” on the backs of jerseys. Fanatics added “Harambe” to a list that would reject any effort to customize a jersey with the name.

But, after an uproar on social media, Fanatics decided to remove the name from the list that mostly includes expletives and slang words.



The NFL rejoiced.

Harambe was killed on May 28 after a three-year-old boy fell into his cage at the Cincinnati Zoo. Fearing for the boy’s life, a zoo worker shot and killed the 17-year-old gorilla.

Since his death, Harambe has become an internet sensation, especially to a millennial demographic that has adopted the gorilla’s name and image as a symbol of resistance to politically correct outrage.

The gorilla’s death earlier this year set off a frenzied social media debate over zoos, animal rights, parental responsibilities and the reaction of white Americans to the death of an animal compared to the deaths of minorities at the hands of police. 

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