"We do not feel it is appropriate to move forward with the collection."
Nike and Undefeated had plans to release a collaborative collection over the weekend but the entire thing was scrapped after they received backlash for ripping off the U.S. Naval Academy's crest.
The original Nike x Undefeated logo featured banners that include phrases such as “Respect All” and “Fear None” with a Nike-branded cup at the top of the crest. "The Fives" logo caught the attention of the Naval Academy, who advised The Swoosh to cease and desist their use of the image.
Nike has since apologized "to anyone who was offended," and decided against releasing the collection.
"We recently were made aware of our logo being included into a design that has been previously used by one of our longstanding partners," Nike said in a statement. "We have always respected the US Navy and its Academy and have been a longtime supporter of the military. We do not feel it is appropriate to move forward with the collection. We apologize to anyone who was offended."
The U.S. Naval Academy released the following statement last week regarding the Nike x Undefeated "The Fives" logo: "The similarities of the Nike/UNDEFEATED logo released this week and the USNA Crest are undeniable and we believe their logo is clearly an infringement under trademark law. USNA is working with Navy leadership to order Nike/UNDEFEATED to cease and desist their use of the logo."