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May 18, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Greg Halman t-shirts could be in Mariners Team Stores by June

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Just in case you missed our small item on it yesterday, buried within a mountain of other news, Mike Carp says the Greg Halman t-shirts should be ready for sale at Mariners Team Stores next month.
Carp has to get the shirt re-designed from an original version that included a Jackie Robinson quote, since representatives of Robinson’s estate declined permission for it to be used. There was some confusion when Carp spoke yesterday and said it was the Jackie Robinson Foundation that had declined use of the quote, but that was incorrect, since the foundation awards scholarships to minority students to attend college and has no relationship with Robinson’s estate, nor legal say on any licensing issues involving the ex-ballplayer or use of his name.
So, it was representatives of Robinson’s estate that won’t allow the quote to be used, which is why there has been a three-month delay in getting the shirts into stores. It took a while for a decision to be sent back to the Mariners.
Long story short, Carp plans to bring the new design idea — minus the quote — to his t-shirt manufacturing friend in the Anaheim, Calif. area when the Mariners play the Angels early next month. After that, he said, they should be ready to go.
Carp had planned to donate proceeds from shirt sales to Halman’s family, which incurred funeral expenses and have ongoing legal costs associated with Jason Halman, younger brother of Greg, who was arrested for the ballplayer’s November killing. Jason Halman remains in custody and under psychiatric evaluation in The Netherlands.
For now, Carp said that plan still remains in effect. But he and others are also looking into the possibility of having a Greg Halman statue erected at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma.

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