'We've messed up big time' - Big Blue in hot water over controversial 'Water Polo Teacher's Pet' T-shirt

Popular South African gifting and clothing store Big Blue has come under fire after selling a controversial T-shirt which had the words "Water Polo Teacher's Pet" printed on the front.

The T-shirt was apparently sold over the festive season.

In a Facebook post, advocacy manager for Women and Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA) Luke Lamprecht called the franchise out and asked: "How do the Parktown and Bishops victims feel about now being made into 'pets'?"

Lamprechts was referring to the former Parktown Boys' High School assistant water polo coach who was found guilty of 144 counts of sexual assault and 12 counts of common assault in 2018, as well as a former Bishops Diocesan College teacher who allegedly engaged in acts of sexual misconduct with five pupils at the school.

Sourced

Sourced

Images: Facebook/Luke Lamprecht

Lamprecht said he expressed "disbelief" when the T-shirt was brought to his attention and asked: "Was it Big Blue who designed it. If not, what would make them buy and stock this over the massive shopping frenzy over the festive season?"

Speaking on behalf of Big Blue, James Robertson said the T-shirts have been removed and destroyed.

"We've messed up big time… we absolutely do not condone or support any form of abuse.

"We unreservedly apologise to everybody," Robertson said.

He added: "To anybody who has purchased that T-shirt, they will be refunded and we will destroy the [T-shirt] as well. We regret every minute of this episode."

Robertson said the company would release a statement on the matter later on Tuesday.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When a Covid-19 vaccine for under 16's becomes available, will you be taking your children to get it?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, immediately!
38% - 3489 votes
I'll wait to see how others respond
26% - 2380 votes
No, I don't think they need it
37% - 3379 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.08
(-1.06)
ZAR/GBP
21.04
(-1.05)
ZAR/EUR
18.19
(-0.86)
ZAR/AUD
11.74
(-0.53)
ZAR/JPY
0.14
(-0.81)
Gold
1715.40
(-1.18)
Silver
26.17
(-1.90)
Platinum
1172.00
(-1.92)
Brent Crude
62.54
(-1.55)
Palladium
2359.50
(-0.55)
All Share
68326.79
(-0.27)
Top 40
62861.62
(-0.39)
Financial 15
12571.60
(+0.02)
Industrial 25
89680.18
(+0.59)
Resource 10
69225.70
(-1.86)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo