By Cavan Sieczkowski

"Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?" reads the caption beneath the Facebook post announcing Adidas' new high-top sneakers. The German sports brand's proposed new shoes feature orange rubber shackles fixed to the back of the sneaker that can be attached around the ankle. The sneakers have since been dubbed the "shackle shoes" after rousing fury for its racist connotation.

Adidas faced a furious backlash over its shackle shoes, or the JS Roundhouse Mids, from those who accused the brand of racism.

"The attempt to commercialize and make popular more than 200 years of human degradation, where blacks were considered three-fifths human by our Constitution is offensive, appalling and insensitive," wrote Reverend Jesse Jackson, for the Huffington Post. "Removing the chains from our ankles and placing them on our shoes is no progress.

"For Adidas to promote the athleticism and contributions of a variety of African-American sports legends -- especially Olympic heroes Wilma Rudolph and Jesse Owens and boxing great Muhammad Ali -- and then allow such a degrading symbol of African-American history to pass through its corporate channels and move toward actual production and advertisement, is insensitive and corporately irresponsible."

Although Adidas initially defended the designer of the shackle shoes, Jeremy Scott, as having a "quirky" and "lighthearted" vision, the company turned around and announced it would pull the sneakers from its line, according to CNN.

"The design of the JS Roundhouse Mid is nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott's outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery," the statement from Adidas said. "We apologize if people are offended by the design and we are withdrawing our plans to make them available in the marketplace."

The photo still remains posted on Adidas' official Facebook page and, at the time of this posting, has more than 38,000 "likes" and almost 4,000 comments.

"I'm very glad Adidas has decided not to sell this shoe," commented one Facebook user. "If you can't see how adding shackles to a pair of basketball sneakers is demeaning, you can't see much at all. Leaving that argument aside, these are not only butt ugly, but they were set to retail for THREE HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS. That's outrageous, given they have no function beyond making wearers look foolish."

"If any of you study the psychological effects of bondage in relation to any group of people or thing experiencing it under just or unjust conditions, studies show it's used to create fear, restrict and effect negatively the mental, physical and spiritual growth of the subject," commented another. "But when man gets farther and farther away from true knowledge of self he begans [sic] to accept being treated like and animal and you can then sell him chains and bondage without resistane [sic]."

"Forget the slavery angle for a moment -- why orange?" asked another. "Prison orange. Is prison an attractive concept now? 2/3 or more are filled with African American men. Is that the new cool... the new dope for un-incarcerated men, to emulate locked-up brothers by wearing symbols of their grief?

Others thought that the issue has been extremely overblown.

"Everyone equating these shoes with slavery are the true racists," wrote a Facebook user underneath the photo of Adidas' shackle shoes. "They are the ones perpetuating stereotypes and are the reason this kind of talk is even an issue anymore. I hope Adidas reconsiders their decision to pull these from shelves and tells these offended people to go pound sand."

"People of all 'races' wear Adidas," commented another. "Why do we have to jump to the conclusion that these are meant for a particular people group?"

Adidas is not the first sneaker brand to offend this year.

Nike announced plans to celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2012 with the release of the "Nike SB Black and Tan Quickstrike" to commemorate the Irish holiday. According to the Belfast Telegraph, Nike intended for "Black and Tan" to refer to the St. Patrick's Day drink made of a mix of stout and lager, usually Guinness and Harp. The sneaker was set to be released as part of a beer-inspired series, including the "Nike SB Dunk High 'Guinness'" colored black like the Ireland-brewed beer, ahead of St. Patrick's Day.

However, "Black and Tan" was also the name of the British paramilitary unit who brutally attacked Irish citizens in the 1920s to quell revolutions against British rule, reported the Belfast Telegraph.

The Black and Tans, otherwise known simply as "the Tans," killed and destroyed on a large scale, reported the Irish publication. "When a Tan was killed in Cork, they burnt down more than 300 buildings," added the paper. The Catholic cardinal at one time referred to them as "a horde of savages, some of them simply brigands, burglars and thieves."

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Webb Simpson made a name for himself Sunday. Despite finishing second on the PGA Tour money list in 2011 and holding a top 10 spot in the rankings for much of 2012, Simpson had been a relative unknown to the average golf fan. That changed on Father's Day when the soft-spoken North Carolinian claimed one of golf's biggest prizes at the U.S. Open.

Simpson was not the only man who spread his wings on Sunday. Literally.

A man, wearing a red and blue jacket and a ski hat patterned like the British flag, video-bombed the champion's trophy reception and interview with Bob Costas. The man calmly screeched bird calls for a few seconds before USGA executive director Mike Davis yanked him away.

But the damage was all ready done.

Or should we say, he may have stopped the damage from being done.

It turns out the U.S. Open squawker is a deforestation activist who goes by the name "Jungle Bird." His Facebook page describes a fictional character in "The trees and skies" who joined the site on Sept. 20, 2011. In Jungle Bird's "About" section, he wrote, "I am an activist dedicated to raising awareness of deforestation... :-)." He is also affiliated with "Trees" and under his awards, he listed "Don't ruffle my feathers ;-)."

For those interested in Jungle Bird's cause, he lists the following as his five tips to stop deforestation:

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The bar keeps moving up on these lip-dub videos of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and we're probably reaching the saturation point on this syrupy-sweet pop snack. But not before the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders showcase their version, and unlike the college clips that got this craze going, this is a professionally shot video. (With professionally executed hair flips.)

Just to recap, the Harvard baseball team led off with a van dance. The SMU women's rowing team followed with another van dance but made it an homage to synchronized swimming.

Then a guy named Mark O'Neill put the two together in a single frame.

The Dolphins cheerleaders were in the Dominican Republic for their 2013 calendar shoot when they decided to up the ante on "Call Me Maybe."

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June can be a dull month for the British sports world. With the Premier League season done in May, some fans go into a deep summer sports withdrawal.

Others watch shin kicking.

In the Cotswold countryside of Chipping Campden in Western England, the annual Cotsworld Olimpick Games is a public celebration that includes events such wheelbarrow racing, sack racing and tug-of-war. But its premier attraction is the World Shin Kicking Championships.

As one might imagine, the rules for shin kicking are fairly simple. The goal is to kick the opponent's shins with enough force to knock them to the ground. The two competitors must start each round (each match is best-of-three series) in a shoulder hold, leaving the shins unguarded. Players are allowed to pack their trousers (American translation: Pants or, in a more modern sense of the sport, socks) with as much straw as possible to absorb some of the damage. Players are not allowed to kick in a sweeping manner, but all other contact below the knees is fair game.

If soccer is the British form of football, shin kicking is its form of wrestling.

As the sun set on the English countryside, an intrigued crowd watched a 23-year-old stone mason rise to the occasion. Zac Warren, a Pershaw, Worcestershire native, was the last man standing (literally), claiming the title of Shin Kicking Champion.

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Had Jeff Fisher not been presented with a few coaching opportunities this offseason, perhaps a future in acting was in the cards. OK, maybe that's stretching it a bit. After all, Fisher is known as being pretty straight-laced, composed and professional when he's sporting a headset or a whistle. If you were picking villains out of a cast of NFL coaches, you could easily have deferred to someone like Bill Belichick or Rex Ryan, who have become caricatures of sorts because of their reputations and records.

Fisher, try as he might, seems pretty normal. But then again, he comes across as a pretty slick villain in the latest music video for southern rockers Goodbye June. The tune is "Microscope," and it's not a bad soundtrack to an intense chase and shoot 'em up scene. Maybe you're still skeptical of Fisher's abilities, but people also didn't think Heath Ledger would be a good Joker.

Take a look.

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