NIU jerseys for Ball State game draw mixed reaction
Special uniforms unveiled for Northern Illinois' November 13 match-up with Ball State are drawing mixed reaction online.
The black uniform tops feature an American flag across the shoulders, with the blue field with white stars on the right shoulder and red and white stripes on the left.
The university's athletic department said on Twitter Monday night the jerseys will be auctioned after the game to benefit Active Heroes, which offers assistance to military families in need.
The uniforms were also mentioned by ESPN's "Uni Watch" blog on Twitter, which received some negative replies, particularly about the display of the flag in the jersey's design.
"It's ugly and borderline offensive," read one tweet.
Both Ball State and Northern Illinois are currently undefeated in MAC play. The November 13 game is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. in DeKalb, Illinois.