Sheriff Ricky Roberts says the shirts were given to people who came into their jail without “proper attire during the booking process. ” Roberts says the shirts weren’t purchased by his department – but rather, already on-hand. “This shirt is not only in use now, but has also been for several months prior. We have taken steps to rectify this issue and insure that this will never happen again. “
The statement comes after a tweet from a prominent civil rights activist saying the department was putting Nike shirts on its inmates for mug shots in protest of the company’s deal with Colin Kaepernick.