The Proud Boys, a far-right men’s organization run by VICE co-founder Gavin McInnes, has caught the attention of the Oakland Raiders.
The group, whose members have featured prominently at recent controversial protests, have been dubbed a “clan of young conservative nationalists” by the New York Times and received a scathing writeup from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group says its primary objectives are to combat political correctness and promote Western culture, but they are often criticized for taking their ideals to an extreme and promoting violence.
“Some groups like the Proud Boys have initiation rituals that include violent hazing and require an oath of fealty to Western culture,” the Times writes. “Their followers thrive on hyper-masculinity and celebrate when one of their brethren hits a leftist agitator. They mock Islam and purport to be soldiers against a ‘war on Whites,’ while being mindful not to embrace overt white supremacy.”
Regardless of how the Proud Boys’ values are interpreted by the National Football League, the group has drawn the ire of the Oakland Raiders. The pro football team is taking issue with the fact that a graphic resembling their logo (with McInnes’ face) is being printed on a t-shirt sold by the Proud Boys.
The Raiders organization tells SFGATE that they are submitting the issue to the NFL, which handles trademark issues on consumer products, “for appropriate enforcement action.”
SFGATE attempted to contact the Proud Boys organization for comment but did not immediately hear back.
The Raiders aren’t the only organization to see their logo appropriated by the group. The Proud Boys also sell shirts with logos similar to those of Budweiser and Harley-Davidson.
SFGATE has reached out to the Proud Boys for comment.