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Menino Suggests Niketown Could Face Protests Over T-Shirts

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Niketown's T-shirt display remained in its Newbury Street window, despite Menino's demand in June 2011. (WBZ-TV file image)

Niketown’s T-shirt display remained in its Newbury Street window, despite Menino’s demand in June 2011. (WBZ-TV file image)

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BOSTON (CBS) – The battle between Mayor Tom Menino and Niketown could be heating up soon.

Menino told reporters Wednesday he is none too pleased with Nike’s response, or lack of response, to his concerns over the controversial T-shirts on display in the Newbury Street store.

The shirts have the expressions “Dope,” “Get High,” and “F**k Gravity” on them.

Menino believes they promote drug use and he wrote a letter to the store’s general manager, asking her to take the display down.

WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports.

Nike issued a statement Tuesday, saying “it does not condone the use of banned or illegal substances.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

But there has been no response to Menino’s letter or request.

The mayor acknowledged that he can’t force Nike to remove the T-shirt display, but he thinks community protestors might.

“I’ve got a lot of calls in the last 24 hours from different community groups who want to go over there and protest and talk to the ownership over there, because it’s wrong. We’re setting the wrong precedent for our young people.”

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