November 07, 2013

Fresno State's Mascot Also Used by Gang: A California street gang that began in prison calls itself the Bulldogs and has caused problems for Fresno State University, which is popular in the state's agricultural interior and has a Bulldogs mascot. Sales of the school's athletic gear have increased tenfold, often for the wrong reasons. In 2011, Stephen Maciel, a father of four, was shot and killed by a Bulldogs gang rival in a liquor store parking lot wearing a red Fresno State shirt. He had no gang affiliations. "If you love sports, you want to be all geared up in the team's colors. But I don't wear it any more, and I don't let my kids wear it. It's too dangerous," said Maciel's widow, Marisol Aguirre.

posted by rcade to football at 07:14 PM - 1 comment

It's like the Bloods (red) and Crips (blue) wearing caps with those colors. Don't know what can be done; Phillies and Royals wouldn't change to green; Bulldogs wouldn't (and shouldn't) change its longtime mascot. Thankfully, it is a small minority (numerical) of people who behave in this manner.

posted by jjzucal at 10:40 PM on November 07

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