Jimmy Clausen T-Shirt Introduces ‘Catholics Vs. Cousins’ Rivalry

Former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen drew a line in the sand today when he posted a picture of his new t-shirt. You can either root for the Catholics during the BCS Championship game, or you can root for the Cousins.

Clausen, who currently stands on the sidelines with the Carolina Panthers, stirred up a little controversy today when he posted a picture of his new t-shirt on Twitter. The shirt depicts the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as good ol’ catholic boys and the Alabama Crimson Tide as a bunch of inbred cousins.

Clausen was ripped apart on Twitter for being “insensitive” and for insulting the Alabama team and its fans.

The current Panther posted an apology on Twitter, saying:

“The shirt was sent to me! I was saying THANK YOU #calmdownpeople. I’m sorry if I offended anyone by posting that shirt, I didn’t mean anything by it at all…Looking forward to a great game in Miami!”

The shirt has apparently been available for purchase for the last couple weeks. Yahoo Sports reports that the t-shirt is a play off another offensive Notre Dame rivalry, “Catholics vs. Convicts,” which has been used to describe the rivalry between Nortre Dame and Miami.

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Do you think the shirt is offensive?

The BCS National Championship Game between Notre Dame and Alabama is scheduled for Monday, January 7 in Miami.