Hayabusa apologizes for St-Pierre 'Rising Sun' gi in wake of Jung complaint

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grappler0000
3/25/13 5:42:08PM
If nothing else, Chan Sung Jung may have helped teach the MMA world a history lesson.

"The Korean Zombie" on Sunday took to his official Facebook page to issue a challenge of sorts to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. The featherweight contender didn't want to fight GSP, of course. He wanted him to stop wearing his walkout gi.

St-Pierre's walkout attire, made by apparel company Hayabusa Fightwear Inc., for his UFC 158 win over Nick Diaz earlier this month was a white gi adorned on the left side with a red sun-like symbol. To most, that might seem innocent enough. The Japaense theme has long been a part of St-Pierre's walkout gear, including a white headband with a red circle on the front to resemble the current flag of Japan...

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kopower
3/25/13 6:17:51PM
Well that was a quick response by Hayabusa. Good for them for correcting the mistake, taking all the responsibility for it.
Travesty145
3/25/13 7:34:36PM
just checked the website. u cant buy it anymore
scoozna
3/26/13 1:46:35PM
Am I being silly for suggesting that a clothing company might do a little research into the symbols they use on their clothing before they produce and sell them?

Perhaps they knew the rising-sun symbol could/would be interpreted as KZ did and didn't care or thought it was an acceptable risk? If they had no idea, then that's a bit careless.
airkerma
3/26/13 2:04:53PM

Posted by scoozna

Am I being silly for suggesting that a clothing company might do a little research into the symbols they use on their clothing before they produce and sell them?

Perhaps they knew the rising-sun symbol could/would be interpreted as KZ did and didn't care or thought it was an acceptable risk? If they had no idea, then that's a bit careless.


Considering their website says "Rooted in Japanese tradition" I think you are asking too much. That would imply that they should be expected to know about a major symbol from 60ish years ago that is Japanese! Down right ridiculous!
BillsNewAccount
3/26/13 3:41:32PM
This reminds me of the other mma clothing brand that put swastikas on everything.

Why must all mma attire suck? Am I in the minority here? Does anyone actually enjoy wearing skin tight black shirts covered in skulls and crosses?