T-shirt business owners speak out on 'Who Dat?' controversy

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

POPLARVILLE, MS (WLOX) - South Mississippi businesses now are weighing in on the who owns 'Who Dat' controversy. The owners of Triple 'G' Tees run a stand in Poplarville to sell New Orleans Saints merchandize.

Some t-shirt businesses have received letters from the National Football League demanding they stop selling shirts with 'Who Dat?,' the long time cheer of Saints fans.

Larry Gonzalez owns Triple 'G' Tees. He said has not received a letter; however, he says if the NFL didn't have a problem when fans wore paper bags over their heads, the league shouldn't have a problem with it now that the team is in Super Bowl.

He said it has been the fans and the small business owners who have kept the phrase going all these years.

"They don't have a right to take something away from us that has been there for years and is part of our heritage and all that New Orleans has been through," said Gonzalez. " I believe they stirred up a hornets nest when they done this."

"We're going to keep selling until they try to shut everybody down. But I don't think they will. I don't think they've got the right to. I don't think legally they can do it, and it's all about the money. That's all it boils down to. "

On Saturday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal asked the state attorney general to look into a possible lawsuit over the ownership rights to the popular New Orleans Saints phrase.

Louisiana Democrats had called on Jindal to defend the rights of Louisiana citizens to use the term 'Who Dat?.'

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