T-shirts with public stances


The players of BC Nizhny Novgorod put the phrase “I’m not a jerk” on their T-shirts to support their ex-teammate.

It is not the first case when sportsmen try to express their opinions through T-shirt inscriptions.

“I’m not a jerk”

The recent VTB United League’s match where BC Nizhny Novgorod played against BC Khimki was memorable for a number of reasons. Firstly, the players showed a great match and secondly the team from Nizhny Novgorod put an ironical phrase “I’m not a jerk” on their T-shirts’ arms.

Thus, the club supported his ex-teammate Pavel Korobkov who was miscalled by a Russian commentator Vladimir Gomelsky live on television.

On 5 February during the match BC Olympiacos vs BC CSKA (now Korobkov is in the CSKA team) the journalist called Pavel a jerk because the latter committed a foul.

“We played with T-shirts where there was written #I’mnotajerk,” says a post of the official team group in the social network Vkontakte. “Thus, we want the journalists to respect the sportsmen. We decided to support our ex-teammate who was insulted by Vladimir Gomelsky live on TV,” shared their thoughts the players.

Gomelsky managed to make an apology and to approve the action of BC Nizhny Novgorod. But at the same time he didn’t regret his words.

“I made an apology to Pavel before the match against BC Milan (February, 13). He needs the support, he’s under pressure. His ex-teammates did the right thing. Do I regret my words? No, I don’t,” said the commentator.

“Viva Ukrainian army”

T-shirts’ inscriptions are widespread among sportsmen who want to give their opinions. More often they do that to express political stances.

For instance, the players from FC Karpaty Lviv (Ukraine) put on T-shirts with an inscription “Viva Ukrainian army” before their home match against FC Shakhtyor Donetsk. It happened in November, 2014.

The football players from FC Karpaty suggested their rivals to do the same, but they refused. Moreover, the Lviv team decided to take pictures with the banner “ATO soldiers are our honour and power”. After FC Shakhtyor won the match 2:0 the club didn’t comment on the rivals’ political stance.

A T-shirt with Putin on it

Straight after the football match in Lviv Oleksiy Oliynyk, a Ukrainian mixed martial artist, enticed the publics by his T-shirt that by the way had no any inscriptions. He put on a T-shirt with a picture of Vladimir Putin, where the Russian President looked like a hero of spy thrillers.

Earlier the sportsman who was born in Kharkiv didn’t express his political stances, but it’s not a secret he supports the Oplot organization that is on the DPR’s side.

After that Oliynyk sent a letter to Putin asking to be admitted to Russian citizenship. The sportsman’s appearance in such a T-shirt helped him to become a citizen of Russia in a month.

“Kosovo is Serbia”

In March, 2008 a Serbian swimmer Milorad Cavić after his victory in the European Championships appeared at the medal ceremony with a T-shirt “Kosovo is Serbia”. It happened after Kosovo proclaimed its independence from Serbia. Cavić was imposed sanctions for such an action. He was excluded from his further participation in the Championships and the Serbian Swimming Federation was fined €7000.

Cavić said his action was not a provocation and he regretted being excluded form the competition.

“Who we are? Meat”

The most famous similar case happened in Russia in 2002. During one of FC Spartak’s matches against FC Zenit Dmitry Sychev celebrated his goal in an original manner. He demonstrated his T-shirt, hidden under the football equipment. In red and white there was written “Who we are? Meat”.

Earlier “meat” was Spartak’s offensive nickname that had been given by other football clubs. Many team’s fans were proud of Sychev’s action and soon another football player Egor Titov used a T-shirt with the same inscription.

Ironically, Sychev’s goal celebration became the last one in FC Spartak. Due to his conflict with the club he had to leave for another Russian club – FC Lokomotiv.

“Happy birthday, Sergey Galitsky”

Sychev got a yellow card for his action. The same fine was imposed against a Brazilian football player Ari (FC Krasnodar). In August, 2014 he scored a goal playing against FC Spartak. And under his football T-shirt there was another one with the English words “Happy birthday, Sergey Galitsky”.

Ari addressed the inscription to FC Krasnodar’s owner, who had his 47th birthday on that day.

The businessman did like such a congratulation. Publishing a picture of Ari in twitter he said his birthday day couldn’t have been better than it was.

Text and pictures by GAZETA.RU