Well known for supporting the military, New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick raised eyebrows with his choice of T-shirts when social media users began passing a photo of the coach wearing a shirt that depicts an attack by a soldier and military dog on an armed Muslim terrorist wearing a headrag.
This is a very interesting shirt that Patriots GM Bill Belichick has on. It reminds me of that video of a police dog mauling a Black man pic.twitter.com/7TpJeq2ThR
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) July 13, 2017
Breitbart (h/t revereridesagain) The photo shows Belichick wearing a green T-shirt with cutoff sleeves. Across the shirt’s front is a crude drawing of a green-clad soldier armed with an automatic weapon and standing smiling, as a yellow dog seems to be attacking a bearded man wearing a turban and dropping his own weapon. The turbaned figure has x’s for eyes, in the cartoon convention for death. Underneath the drawing is the phrase “Life is great.”
The Boston Herald reports that the shirt comes from the mind of former Navy SEAL Jim Amann, who had been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with his K9 partner, Rocky. He now runs a company that offers training and other goods and services for K9 units. You can buy the shirt on the company website for $18.95. “If you are a military K-9 handler,” the site reads, “then life is great! Celebrate the end of Osama Bin Laden with this T-shirt.”
On one hand, the Boston Herald called Belichick a “true patriot,” but Vice Sports called the shirt “offensive.” Actually Vice Sports said bill-belichicks-t-shirt-is-fucked-up
Here’s a sample of what people tweeted back:
Awesome shirt! Love it.
— barenakedislam (@barenakedislam) July 15, 2017
Everyone is a victim and everything is racist.
— paul fitzgerald (@pfitz7) July 13, 2017
In the eyes of white supremacy. Every racist act is a coincidence or can be explained away!
— Mas_G (@Mas_G_Radio) July 13, 2017
Nope you're all triggered and butthurt as is the rest of the acolytes of Bounty King & SamboGuy! pic.twitter.com/n7SYMm8HCv
— Mas_G (@Mas_G_Radio) July 14, 2017
I know what you are attempting here Tariq…but do we really know the race of the character on a damn T shirt.
— DW (@DREganomicks) July 13, 2017
It's a white faced soldier sicking his dog on a Muslim! Wtf else do you need to see?
— dobe_el_patrón (@king_doby79) July 13, 2017
And watch the NFL ain't gonna say nothing
— GUTTA MAN FRESH (@Guttamanfresh) July 13, 2017
This is awesome, had not seen/heard of this shirt until you tweeted it. Buying one tomorrow!!
— Michael Talty (@mptalty) July 15, 2017
It's an army dog attacking a terrorist man. Not a Rorschach test.
— Splatt (@Ignoramatus) July 14, 2017
The shirt was designed to commemorate the Navy Seals getting Bin Ladin, but some how you see it as racist. You are a sad and confused man.
— Brian Robinson (@BrianBrxctf) July 15, 2017
It’s called freedom. Just like you’re free to complain he’s free to wear the shirt. If u don’t like it, leave the #USA.
— Genuine News Network (@GenuineNewsNet) July 15, 2017
It's the ol' Rorschach Test: When @tariqnasheed sees a picture of a Muslim terrorist, he shouts, "Black man!"
— Preserved Killick (@camino_maestro) July 15, 2017
Yes. I find it disturbing, too.
— Mahari Mengistu (@Mandelamen) July 13, 2017