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Yes, you can buy a jersey with “Harambe” on the back of it

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Take heart, NFL fans who are willing to spend a lot of money in support of a joke. You can, after all, buy a personalized jersey bearing the name “Harambe” on the back.

This important piece of NFL business comes from Darren Rovell of ESPN.com, who reports that the NFL has lifted its ban on “Harambe” as an option for the name plate on jersey. Per Rovell, Harambe was inadvertently added to the league’s George Carlin-style list of seven words that can’t be said on TV — but with a lot more than seven forbidden formulations of consonants and vowels.

The list over time has included some surprising names. For example, the name “Vick” was blocked during and after the prosecution of Mike Vick for dogfighting, in 2007.

Harambe, a gorilla killed by workers at the Cincinnati zoo after a four-year-old boy fell into his enclosure, has become a cult figure in his demise. My own son tells me, however, that Harambe references are no longer funny. Which of course means that I’ll be making them, repeatedly.

HARAMBE!

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29 Responses to “Yes, you can buy a jersey with “Harambe” on the back of it”
  1. pastabelly says: Sep 15, 2016 10:17 AM

    My son, a junior in high school, said Harambe references are alive and well, if not overdone. We all love Harambe.

  2. gonakgod says: Sep 15, 2016 10:27 AM

    Harambee is popular with the kids, my son who is in middle school says it’s still widely used

  3. scoops1 says: Sep 15, 2016 10:28 AM

    Chuck Norris doesn’t kneel to just anyone…but he will kneel to Harambe

  4. orivar says: Sep 15, 2016 10:29 AM

    Harambe still isn’t dying. I give up and will just accept it.

  5. socalmaverick says: Sep 15, 2016 10:30 AM

    Ike Harambe

  6. blastodermman says: Sep 15, 2016 10:36 AM

    Kinda shocked that the NFL hasn’t used this as a marketing avenue. Say, print a #16 jersey with the name Harambe for every team, with proceeds going to animal conservation or something similar. Seems like a win-win.

  7. thewanderer says: Sep 15, 2016 10:38 AM

    Haha Clinton-Dix out for Harambe.

  8. jobotjones says: Sep 15, 2016 10:44 AM

    Your kid is misinformed to say the least.
    Long live Harambe, #99 in your programs, #1 in our hearts!

  9. piffy34 says: Sep 15, 2016 10:48 AM

    MAKE HARAMBE GREAT AGAIN

  10. ctiggs says: Sep 15, 2016 11:07 AM

    Living in Cincinnati and working right next door to the zoo I love the harambe movement it’s been highly entertaining #Dsoutforharambe

  11. Rdog says: Sep 15, 2016 11:18 AM

    orivar says:
    Sep 15, 2016 10:29 AM

    Harambe still isn’t dying. I give up and will just accept it.

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    Actually, he died in the Cincinnati Zoo on May 28, 2016. But his legacy lives on. RIP

  12. pittsburgh84 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:23 AM

    But can I buy a Ron Mexico Jersey yet?

  13. barrywhererufrom says: Sep 15, 2016 11:24 AM

    Make Harambe ALIVE again

  14. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Sep 15, 2016 11:24 AM

    Don’t forget that Vick numbered “Mexico” jerseys were also banned for a while. Not sure about Mark Sanchez jersey’s with “Dirty” on the nameplate…

  15. waynefontesismyfather says: Sep 15, 2016 11:41 AM

    If you’re willing to shell out the kind of money to actually buy something like that do us all a favor and donate the money to a charity so it can be used for a much better purpose.

  16. joetoronto says: Sep 15, 2016 11:45 AM

    It was just a friggin monkey, get over it.

  17. riderspantherssk says: Sep 15, 2016 11:49 AM

    Proof that people in the western world no longer have real problems to deal with…

  18. bigotshamer says: Sep 15, 2016 12:03 PM

    Your kid should have explained to you why it was never funny.

  19. joemontanafootball16 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:03 PM

    “It was just a friggin monkey, get over it.”
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    Primate, actually. And so are we. I know us humans think we’re special because we can use computers and drive cars, but that doesn’t mean our lives are worth more than any other living creature.

    But feel free to think otherwise. After all, delusion is a strength of our species.

  20. joetoronto says: Sep 15, 2016 12:13 PM

    joemontanafootball16 says:
    Sep 15, 2016 12:03 PM
    “It was just a friggin monkey, get over it.”
    ———————————

    Primate, actually. And so are we. I know us humans think we’re special because we can use computers and drive cars, but that doesn’t mean our lives are worth more than any other living creature.

    But feel free to think otherwise. After all, delusion is a strength of our species.
    *************************************************
    You millennials cry about everything.

  21. yesser12 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:36 PM

    First time I am hearing about it honestly.

  22. finfanjim says: Sep 15, 2016 12:41 PM

    The NFL Shop site looked to be hacked for awhile. I was looking at the customizable Fins jersey and it had number 87(I think) and Harambe as the example name.

    It was like that a few weeks apart.

  23. sigbouncer says: Sep 15, 2016 12:49 PM

    Florio where can we get a list of these banned names?

    I’d like to see if the Fonzanoon jersey is available…that would make a great gift in my circles (Christmas is just around the corner after all).

  24. granadafan says: Sep 15, 2016 12:50 PM

    blastodermman says:
    Sep 15, 2016 10:36 AM
    Kinda shocked that the NFL hasn’t used this as a marketing avenue. Say, print a #16 jersey with the name Harambe for every team, with proceeds going to animal conservation or something similar. Seems like a win-win.
    ===========================================

    Bingo, that’s a big PR move the NFL missed. Maybe the NFL didn’t want to anger the NRA and big game hunters (deep pockets and lobbyists).

  25. bigotshamer says: Sep 15, 2016 1:16 PM

    What you leftover or tail-end Boomers don’t understand is that you don’t have to be a Millennial to have a functioning, open mind.

    Tell your boy, Donnie, to show us his tax returns, eh?

  26. theageofquarrel says: Sep 15, 2016 1:21 PM

    They should kept Harambe alive and killed the Bengals

  27. mpasse says: Sep 15, 2016 1:43 PM

    The powerful gorilla could have ripped that kid’s arm out of the socket without trying. Gorillas are gentle herbivores but just pulling the kid around like it did could easily have killed him. The zookeepers had absolutely no choice but to put him down.

  28. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 15, 2016 2:10 PM

    Actually they have some 3 million “Harambe” jerseys printed already, but they wanted to create a social media stir to jack up the demand before they release them.

  29. mackcarrington says: Sep 15, 2016 3:10 PM

    We’re talking about a gorilla that was killed months ago? Really? This is a topic of discussion now? You people talking about gorillas aren’t really that much smarter than gorillas.

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