In May, Baylor University’s head football coach Art Briles was fired amid a sexual assault scandal.
This weekend during the Baylor and TCU game, shirts with “#CAB” printed on them were sold outside the stadium.
“We are actually a mutual friend of one of Art’s daughters,” said Kevin Hurley owner of Hurley’s Graphics. “She had an order of shirts she wanted to place so being in business we said okay let’s do your shirts and that’s how it got started.”
Hurley’s graphics in Lufkin made the shirts and received some criticism on social media for it. Many viewed the creation and sale of the shirts as a way of supporting Art Briles and the sexual assault scandal. But they say they had a larger goal in mind when they made the shirts.
“The people that support understand the cause and today we’ll help get that out there.” said Kevin Hurley.
The shirts were to kick-start a foundation, founded by the Briles family, but due to legal reasons they could not release any information about the foundation.
“I think the reason that we have taken some negative criticism about it is the fact that we couldn’t announce that.” said Kevin Hurley. “They were getting it finalized and…..you can’t announce a foundation until it’s actually established.”
On the day of the interview the Hurley’s were given permission from the Briles family to formally announce the foundation to KETK and FOX51.
“I was given the okay to speak about it from Art just before we got here,” said Celsa Hurley, Co-Owner of Hurley’s Graphics. “The foundation…is called #CABCARES this foundation is going to support and donate to organizations helping sexual and domestic abused victims in all of McLennan County.”
The Hurley’s will continue to donate and give back to #CABCARES and hope this will clear any misunderstanding.
They say they do not condone the actions of players or Art Briles actions and this foundation as well as the shirts are to heal a damaged community.
They will continue to make and sell the shirts.
“We’re sorry for any misunderstanding we may have caused by not being able to promote the foundation to begin with, but that is what the CAB is all about, period,” said Kevin Hurley
He hopes it will help victims and let them know there are people there for them.