The Georges St-Pierre “Gi-Gate” saga appears to have come to a quick conclusion, as Hayabusa has offered up an apology for the outfit.
Chan Sung Jung posted a message to GSP on Facebook in regards to the gi he wore to defeat Nick Diaz recently. Jung was upset because he felt it was disrespectful to the Korean community.
St-Pierre also posted a message on Facebook, writing, “I’d like to also personally apologize to anyone who was offended by this. I am very sorry, that was never my intention.”
Hayabusa, which manufactured the gi, has issued a statement via Facebook in response:
Since Georges St-Pierre wore our walkout gi at UFC 158 we have received attention surrounding the negative connotation of the rising sun graphic used. The last thing we want is to offend or alienate anyone with the choice of design on our products.
We at Hayabusa have the utmost respect for culture and history and appreciate all of our customers worldwide. As such, we accept full responsibility for this design and are taking all complaints and comments very seriously.
The gi worn by GSP will not be brought to market. In addition, we will be very conscious of this specific design element when developing future communication materials and products.
Please accept our sincerest apology for any offence this has caused. If you have any questions or comments regarding this matter, please feel free to discuss it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. One of our representatives will be happy to assist you.
Hayabusa Fightwear Inc.