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Adidas pulls T-shirts inspired by injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware

Published April 5, 2013 9:19 pm

Company no longer selling apparel inspired by injured Louisville guard.
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Atlanta • A spokesperson for adidas told USA TODAY Sports that the company has stopped selling T-shirts inspired by Louisville guard Kevin Ware's No. 5 due to a "use of logo issue."

"The shirt is not currently for sale," the spokesperson, Madeline Breskin, wrote in an email.

Earlier this week, adidas was advertising shirts for $24.99 through Louisville's website that read "Ri5e To The Occasion," which was supposed to pay tribute to Ware, who suffered a gruesome open fracture to his right tibia last Sunday during the Midwest Regional final. Ware has subsequently become a national sensation, appearing on the David Letterman Show on Thursday before traveling to the Final Four.

Ware was not made available to the media on Friday due to fatigue.

Initially, Louisville said it had waived any traditional royalties for sales of the T-shirt and that instead adidas would make contributions to the university's scholarship fund.

But questions have subsequently arisen about the T-shirt, both in the appearance of a shoe company profiting off Ware's injury and whether it might be illegal since Louisville acknowledged that the No. 5 represents Ware.

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