The truth behind the Browns’ orange jerseys online


CLEVELAND – Over the past week, social media has been inflamed with theories and ideas regarding a Browns orange jersey for sale on the Fanatics Cleveland Browns Shop website.

Since the release of the redesigned uniforms last season, and sparked again by the release of the 75th anniversary jerseys, many Browns fans have been clamoring for an orange jersey to be added to the team’s match day uniform rotation.

Amid protests over the orange jerseys, Fanatics, a retailer offering officially licensed fan gear, had an orange Nick Chubb jersey for sale in a design that fans had never seen before.

Cue the social media chaos.


Many were adamant the jersey was a leak from a new game day uniform the Browns planned to announce this season, an idea that was fueled when the jerseys quickly said “SOLD OUT.”

But as Executive Vice President and Browns Ownership Group member James Wood “JW” Johnson III said on Twitter on Thursday, the jerseys are not a leak and will not be jerseys worn by the game.

Still, this confirmation from the top of the Browns organization was not enough for some and the plots continued, claiming Johnson was performing “damage control” and covering a uniform leak.

So with some free time, we went to the Jerseygate rabbit hole (yes, I call it Jerseygate) and reached out to Fanatics for more details and to have some pretty boring news to report.

As Johnson confirmed, no, the jerseys weren’t a leak.

The Nick Chubb Orange Cleveland Browns Inverted Legend jersey on the Fanatics website is a “fashion jersey” designed by Nike, said a spokesperson for Fanatics.

Each NFL team has a similar jersey design in their own colourway, all designed by Nike and none of them are actual game day wear.

And with regard to the conspiracies to withdraw the product after a few days because it was a leak, this is also not true. Browns fans are so passionate about the orange jerseys that they sold out really quickly.

Don’t worry though, Fanatics said the orange jerseys that have made so much noise online will be restocked in the days and weeks to come. You can check the stock status here.

So once that’s cleared up, Browns fans can revert to the regularly scheduled talks about extending Baker Mayfield’s contract and whether rookie Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is in fact a linebacker or a safety.

Camryn Justice is a digital content producer at News 5 Cleveland. Follow her on Twitter @camijustice.

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