Sports equipment and apparel chain Sports Experts is has responded to claims that one of its stores ripped off a T-shirt design by local artists that was generating donations for the Sens Foundation.
It all started when Ottawa Senators blogger Stephen Smith noticed that the Bayshore Mall location was selling shirts that were very similar to ones created by Ottawa artists Jamie McLennan and Eric Chamois after Montreal Canadiens agitator Brandon Prust called Sens coach Paul MacLean a “fat walrus” in Round 1.
Inspired by the animal-themed insult, McLennan and Chamois created a shirt to wear when the Senators returned to Scotibank Place for Games 3-4 of the series.
You can read more on the background at SensTown here. Long story short, people started asking them where they got the shirts, which wound up becoming something of a local fashion sensation.
So much so that it appears a Sports Experts store took notice.
None-too-pleased, fans took to the Sports Experts Facebook page to vent.
Which generated this response.
And as of this morning, there was nary a walrus shirt to be found at the store and at lunchtime McLennan Tweeted this:
Thanks for all the support. We’re working with Sports Experts to resolve the issue. I think it’s best that we stop harassing them now. #sens
— Jamie McLennan (@jamiejimjames) May 16, 2013