Patriots Coach Bill Belichick's Shirt Sparks Outrage; Was It 'Inappropriate'? (Photo)

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A photo of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick wearing a T-shirt depicting a soldier closing in on a man in a turban, presumed to be a terrorist, is going viral.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion was spotted wearing the T-shirt in Nantucket, Massachusetts in July, the Independent Journal Review reported.

The T-shirt features what appears to be a U.S. soldier hunting down a terrorist who is being bitten by a dog.

The slogan on the T-shirt reads, "Life is great."

The photo has since sparked controversy, launching a debate between liberal and conservative media outlets about whether the T-shirt is offensive. Reactions among social media users were mixed.

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"This article doesn't show any democrats who are outraged," wrote one Facebook user of the article published by the Independent Journal Review. "It's freedom of speech issue and the left is okay with that. Anyone is entitled to be an a**hole if they want to be, but to lie about it is something else entirely."

"I'm really not sure what people are finding offense with here," wrote another user. "Nor do I see how anyone sees racism here. The man is clearly a terrorist...not a peaceful Muslim. People just thrive on being offended."

"I always love the click bait titles. 'Democrats/liberals/... eat their own fingers when they see this pic.' Then an ad filled 'news story' with no citations and anonymous sources," wrote another commenter. "If CNN is fake news, what do you call this?"

"An example of the huge perspective difference between the left and right," wrote another commenter. "The left sees the guy as 'a Muslim man' while the right sees him only as an Islamic extremist. At least that's the way I see it. I see the dog attacking a an extremist, not Muslims in general. Every Muslim I personally know openly condemns ISIS."

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The T-shirt was made by Jim Amann, a former Navy SEAL. Sales have reportedly spiked since the photo of Belichick wearing it surfaced online. Amann said he plans on donating all profits to the Navy SEAL Foundation.

“It’s a worthwhile charity, and I don’t want to make a profit here,” Amann told the Boston Herald. “This represents more than me and my company, so that charity will get any and all profits from that shirt.”

This is not the first time Belichick made headlines in for political commentary.

During his 2016 presidential campaign, President Donald Trump read a letter he received from the future Hall of Fame coach at a rally in New Hampshire, just days before the election, The Federalist reported.

“You have dealt with an unbelievable slanted and negative media and have come out beautifully," Belichick wrote, according to Trump. "You proved to be the ultimate competitor and fighter. Your leadership is amazing ... Hopefully tomorrow’s election results will give the opportunity to make America great again.”

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