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Northwestern apologizes for uniform misconception

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Northwestern is apologizing for any misconceptions about uniforms it plans to wear against Michigan next week.

The Wildcats will trade their familiar purple for the red, white and blue when they host the Wolverines on Nov. 16 to honor the Wounded Warrior Project, which supports wounded service members.

The uniforms are attracting some negative attention for its treatment of the American flag. It features what to some look like blood-stains on the flag.

Critics are calling the design showing the flag with blood "crass" and a bit too much.

Northwestern spokesman Paul Kennedy said Monday it's a "distressed pattern on both the stars and stripes that was inspired by the appearance of a flag that has flown proudly over a long period of time" and apologized "for any misinterpretation." He added Boston College used a similar design last year.

After the game, the Under Armour jerseys will be auctioned off on the Northwestern University website with all proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower America's wounded warriors.

Each of the players' last names on the back of their jersey will be replaced with one of the seven core value embellishments: duty, honor, courage, commitment, integrity, country and service.

Fans can visit UA.com or a Northwestern campus bookstore to purchase their own fan gear with a percentage of the proceeds supporting WWP.

To learn more about how you can support the Wounded Warrior Project or the UA Freedom initiative, visit www.ua.com/freedom or www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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