Lacrosse Company's 'Ninja Please' Slogan Stirs Boycott
Warrior Lacrosse is taking heat for its new slogan
At least one man is not laughing about lacrosse equipment company Warrior's new slogan, "Ninja Please." That man, Jovan Miller, also happens to represent one third of Major League Lacrosse's (MLL) African American community. Miller is one of only three black players in the league and he's offended.
"The actual meaning behind 'Ninja Please' is the 'N-word Please,'" Miller told WCNC. "They put ninja in it to kind of disguise it."
Miller also said he will boycott all of Warrior's products because of the new slogan. It's important to note that Miller is sponsored by rival brand, Maverick, but Warrior's ties to MLL are substantial. All players in the league use at least some of their products, according to Yahoo! Sports "The Post Game" blog.
Major League Lacrosse Commissioner David Gross claims he was not aware of the expression's meaning. Miller said he believes that, but the slogan is still not OK.
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"As far as Major League Lacrosse is concerned, I do believe they were just ignorant to what the phrase was," Miler said. "But in those [Warrior] offices, when someone came up with that phrase, I believe they knew exactly what they were talking about."