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Minnesota Vikings' Jerick McKinnon wears cleats with images of Harambe during warm ups before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

A Minnesota Vikings running back is keeping Harambe's memory alive with cleats


The Cincinnati Zoo may have publicly asked for the Internet to cool it with the Harambe jokes earlier this year -- but the Minnesota Vikings are trying to keep the gorilla's memory alive. 

Jerick McKinnon, running back for the Minnesota Vikings, sported a pair of Harambe-inspired cleats during Sunday's warmups. 

The Vikings seem to have an obsession with Harambe, who was killed back in May after a 3-year-old fell into his exhibit and the gorilla dragged him through a moat.

During week one, the Minnesota Vikings shouted "Spoons out for Harambe" before going onto the field. 

What that means, well, no one knows exactly. 

Sadly, McKinnon will only be able to wear his Harambe-inspired cleats during pre-game warm-ups because the NFL doesn't allow customized cleats. 

Antonio Brown, a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers knows that all too well. Brown has had several run-ins with the NFL over his customized cleats. 

Brown was nearly benched for wearing Muhammad Ali-inspired cleats during a  game against the New York Jets. 

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