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OKC company allegedly gets death threats for making shirt thanking Seattle for the Thunder

May 22, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

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So Warpaint Clothing, a sports apparel company based in Oklahoma City, has produced this t-shirt, which “thanks” the city of Seattle for the Oklahoma Thunder franchise. This did not amuse many Seattleites (or if your prefer, Seattleputians), who are still smarting from the loss of their team, and took it as an insult. In fact, Wairpaint Clothing is reporting death threats it’s received through Twitter, and thus has removed the shirt from its web site. (Update: It’s back).

The shirt has been out for more than a year, but apparently Seattle just learned of it when a photo of it was tweeted by Howard Beck of the New York Times during the playoffs. Again, here it is in all its glory.

And here’s a sample of the Twitter war that’s been going on all day today:


This may be one of the rare times, however, that both factions in an ugly publicity battle come out on top. Wairpaint is undoubtedly selling more shirts due to the kerfuffle, and Seattle may benefit as well. As you may know, the city is somewhat/kind of close to striking a deal for a new arena — a “Memorandum of Understanding” was struck last week between the city and San Francisco financier Chris Hansen. This whole t-shirt thing could help convince the money people that Seattle fans are still passionate about their team. Hopefully that passion will be directed toward good, and not evil, in the future.

OKC Thunder T-shirt thanks Seattle for Sonics, Seattle flips out [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

  1. tomtravis76 - May 22, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    No more expansion franchises in the NBA…looks like Seattle will be taking Sacramento, leaving Kings name to Sacramento.

    Could you imagine the Indy Colts thanking Baltimore? Nearly 30 years has passed and Baltimore is still bitter about it even with the Ravens success.