Nike x UNDEFEATED Collab Pulled After Cease and Desist From U.S. Navy

The collaboration between Nike and UNDEFEATED has been pulled after the U.S. Naval Academy initiated cease and desist proceedings, The Washington Post reports. The move comes after social media uproar drew attention to the undeniable similarities between the USNA crest and the collection’s logo.

The USNA was unimpressed, questioning why the brands would modify its symbol for profit without asking permission. The USNA called out Nike x UNDEFEATED’s logo as “clearly an infringement under trademark law.”

Nike issued an apology via a statement on Friday: “We recently were made aware of our logo being included into a design that has been previously used by one of our longstanding partners. We have always respected the U.S. Navy and its Academy and have been a longtime supporter of the military. We do not feel it is appropriate to move forward with the collection. We apologize to anyone who was offended.”

In advance of tomorrow’s event, we wanted to let you know that the Nike x UNDEFEATED “The Fives” collection will no longer be available for purchase. . Join us for the celebration of soccer featuring game viewing, a 4v4 Tournament, PK Challenge, giveaways, refreshments and more while supplies last. . Music by @virginparty (@miacarucci + @madbadting), @wedidit and @cozyboys Pre-registration not required. 720 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 11:30AM-Late

A post shared by UNDEFEATED (@undefeatedinc) on Jun 15, 2018 at 3:07pm PDT

The statement was paired with the Instagram post above, reiterating that the collab has been canceled, with the USNA signaling its appreciation via the tweet below.

Do you think Nike and UNDEFEATED were right to call off the collab? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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