The New York Times’ Howard Beck, on his way from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City to cover Monday’s Game 5 between the Lakers and Thunder, uncovered this rather shady T-shirt design on Sunday. The Thunder aren’t exactly giving these rags out at the door, but that didn’t stop our initial post on the t-shirts on Monday morning from inspiring a world of outrage on Twitter, and apparent death threats sent the way of Warpaint Clothing, the company that humorlessly put the duds together — utilizing the former Seattle SuperSonics logo along the way. Rightfully, just one Thunder fan deciding to purchase this and pull it over their head is enough for us to break out the Patented BDL Tsk-Tsk Geiger Counter — and as a result Warpaint has decided to stop selling the shirts because of death threats sent its way in reaction.
To reiterate, Oklahoma City didn’t wrest its current team out of Seattle because 37 selected fans and civic leaders won a free-throw shooting contest. It didn’t “win” the team by being the quickest to press buttons in some trivia contest at a local chicken wing joint (“PRESS ‘B!’ It’s ‘Romancing the Stone!’ Hurry!”), and the presiding genius of GM Sam Presti is no reflection on either level of fandom emanating from either Oklahoma City or Seattle.