Reds Minor League Team Pulls Tee Shirts After Fans Say Graphic Resembles Racial Slur

The Chattanooga Lookouts, the minor league team of the Cincinnati Reds, has pulled a new tee shirt from its product line after fans and social media users said the graphic on the shirt was “racist.”

The Lookouts tried to take the shortened version of their hometown name, “Nooga” and combine that with a pair of eyes for “Lookouts” in place of the “O’s” in Nooga.

Despite the spelling difference, social media users said that the term too closely resembled the n-word.

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Not all were convinced the shirt was racist.

Nonetheless, the team pulled the tee shirts in response to the social media backlash. The Lookouts, named after nearby Lookout Mountain, have existed since 1885. In recent decades, they’ve spent time in the Reds and Dodgers minor league organizations.