In an effort to accommodate offended viewers, HBO has requested that light heavyweight boxing champion Sergey Kovalev not wear his signature trunks with the Tulammo ammo logo.
Kovalev has worn the trunks on HBO in the past, but after boxing fans took offense to the firearms representation, HBO quickly set out to make some changes. Of course, now, many firearms fans are offended by the network’s censorship.
“TV networks are certainly free to decide what they broadcast, but the typical daily HBO fare of murder, mayhem and the glorified misuse of firearms suggests a certain degree of hypocrisy in HBO’s reported decision to ban the simple logo of a company that manufactures ammunition,” said NSSF Senior Vice President Larry Keane. “It is strange that a media company such as HBO has decided to infringe on the First Amendment rights of the boxer and Tulammo by censoring what can be printed on a pair of trunks.”
In fact, the backlash from HBO’s censorship was so great the network later recanted their earlier decision and on July 23 confirmed that Kovalev can indeed don his Tulammo trunks.
Kovalev is scheduled for a July 25 bout against Nadjib Mohammedi, and according to Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, Kovalev will “most definitely” be wearing his Tulammo trunks.
(This article was a submission from freelance writer Brent Rogers, H/T Guns.com)