SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A new clothing line launched by Chief Eddie Gallagher, whose rank was restored by President Trump following his war crime case, is drawing mixed reaction, the Military Times reports.
According to the site, the line of shirts and drinkware called “Salty Frog Apparel” was released in collaboration with Nine Line Apparel and Black Rifle Coffee Company on New Year’s Day.
“Some folks just don't like the taste of salt, especially from a crusty, salty, retired Navy Chief,” one person wrote on the brand’s Facebook page after the news broke.
“Thanks for your service Mr. Gallagher,” another said.
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Gallagher, meanwhile, released a statement on the brand’s website.
"I was afforded the opportunity to work with both NLA and BRCC to help promote our collaborative line with Nine Line ‘Salty Frog Gear,’” Gallagher said. “These two veteran owned companies set the bar for brotherhood and showing the country it's not just a statement but a way of life."
Gallagher retired in December with his rank intact. The retirement came after Defense Secretary Mark Esper allowed the SEAL to retire with his rank intact.
Earlier in the year, Gallagher was acquitted of murder in the deadly stabbing of an Islamic State militant captive in Iraq. He was, however, convicted of posing with a corpse.