Previous Post
Next Post


The NSSF writes:

Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey Kovalev defends his title against Nadjib Mohammedi live Saturday, July 25, on HBO. The Russian fighter has fought his way to the top with notable victories over former light heavyweight world champions Gabriel Campillo, Nathan Cleverly, Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal. Kovalev’s latest fight against Pascal pulled in 1.2 million viewers on HBO . . .

Now, as he prepares for his biggest fight to-date, and first in Las Vegas, his sponsors have told NSSF that HBO is demanding Kovalev remove the logo of Tulammo USA, a Round Rock, Texas-based ammo manufacturing company, from his boxing trunks. Kovalev has not made a public response, but his relationship with the company is a close one. The fighter appeared at Tulammo’s SHOT Show booth this past January.

This isn’t the first time a network has taken a punch at gun companies. Last year, Daniel Defense wasn’t allowed to purchase advertisement time during the Super Bowl despite complying with NFL policies. And again in 2012 FOX Sports Media Group banned advertisements featuring firearms and ammunition from its coverage of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events.

Now, HBO seems to have decided to use the sporting arena as stage for a political debate. TV networks are certainly free to decide what they broadcast, but the typical daily HBO fare of murder, mayhem and the glorified misuse of firearms suggests a certain degree of hypocrisy in HBO’s reported decision to ban the simple logo of a company that manufactures ammunition. It is strange that a media company such as HBO has decided to infringe on the First Amendment rights of the boxer and Tulammo by censoring what can be printed on a pair of trunks. The network is known for sometimes-violent programming such as True Detective, The Wire and The Sopranos (which coincidently featured a handgun in its logo). Would HBO have the same inclination to censor any of their show writers or their famous talking head Bill Maher. Would they dare censor their content for political reasons?

In the fight of HBO vs. Tulammo we won’t know the victor until Kovalev appears Saturday night. But a decision by HBO to ban advertisements for lawful products is, in boxing terms, ‘a low blow,’ and we suggest that the network just as soon ‘throw in the towel.’


This post was originally published at and is reprinted here with permission. 

Previous Post
Next Post


  1. Interesting that TulAmmo has its logo on some guy’s ass, since many of us believe that’s exactly where the ammo comes from.

  2. If HBO didn’t put that specifically in the contract, I hope that Kovalev and whatever boxing association is involved tell HBO– no– and threaten to sue if HBO tries to back out of televising the fight…+

  3. So HBO can make millions glorifying two men beating each other bloody but a company that makes ammunition used by a wide margin for wholly non-violent games is verboten?

    Kind of like demanding the teddy bear be removed the bed while a porn shoot is taking place.

    • The difference is the “Teddy Bear” could possibly participate, while the advertising is just there for the “ride”. Couldn’t help it. It begged for a comment.

    • Glad I’m not the only one that caught that… Pvt entities have no obligation to give you 1st amendment rights.

      Don’t like it, don’t support HBO…paying 15-20 a month for 1-2 channels is crazy anyway.

  4. I didn’t even know TulAmmo was based in Texas. I’ve used it a little, which is to say about two pmags worth, and didn’t have any problems. It’s probably more with regular use that one would see the heavy fouling and other shortcomings that some associate with the brand.

    • I’ve put uncountable thousands of rounds of TulAmmo .223 and .308 through my Saiga .223 and Saiga .308 respectively. And yes, bump stocks on both.

      Never cleaned either of those guns as long as I’ve owned them.

      Never a jam, FTF, FTE, nothing. 100% reliable.

      It’s the gun, not the ammo. AR-15s are sissy guns.

  5. Hm… Me thinks there’s a sponsorship contract involved and HBO doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on. It would be like FOX demanding that Tiger put away all his Gatorade swag while on camera… Good luck with that. I hope he doesn’t budge.

    • Or like the networks completely ignoring the NASCAR race sponsor when normally it’s touted from the rooftops, like what happened to the NRA sponsored race in Texas? The only screen time the NRA got was when the cameras couldn’t cut away fast enough and caught sight of the infield.

  6. Its perfectly consistent with the progressive principle, “if you can’t see it, it doesn’t exist”.

  7. Just cancelled my “programming package” for HBO. Love the shows, now hate the company. Hypocrites, almost every “edgey” show they have contains so form of “gun play”. “F” them.

    • DLNA. Torrents. Raspberry Pi 2 w/ Kodi. Synology NAS. OnePlus One. Chromecast. 70in LCD. Bigass leather couch. Binge watching.

  8. Depraved sexual acts and gratuitous violence for ratings are fine… making ammunition and employing people who have familes: morally wrong. Got it.

  9. Can’t wait to see the pixelated blur on his ass throughout the fight…or that would be the case if I ever watched this stuff…

  10. It is strange that a media company such as HBO has decided to infringe on the First Amendment rights of the boxer and Tulammo

    The first amendment protects people from the government. It doesn’t restrict contract terms.

    When Kovalev joined whatever boxing organization is promoting this fight, he signed a contract that likely had stipulations on what he may or may not advertise during a bout. When HBO paid to air this fight, they signed a contract with the boxing organization, that might have also had such stipulations. No one is infringing on Kolakev’s rights (and Congress is certainly not passing any laws regarding them–the act prohibited by the first amendment). HBO is simply stating they won’t give him a platform to advertise a product without their approval.

    It’s no different than when the NFL (I think) prohibited players from wearing beats headphones on camera, because Bose was sponsoring the league. …except in this case it’s very hypocritical, since HBO’s schedule is covered in guns.

  11. He should comply. Then at the last minute, change into shorts that say
    “Shoot Tula Ammo in Guns”
    With a picture of a bullet going through the “o” on non capitalized hbo…
    Just my two cents

  12. The hell with HBO!

    Pure censorship. No one, no matter their political opinion should interfere. This is exactly the same as people who want certain books destroyed/removed from libraries. Do not remove the Logo, forfeit first!

  13. Meh…I am more offended watching the vile maher. 500 channels and there’s nothing on…

  14. Just bought 80 TulAmmo .223 rds and a box of earplugs from Dicks (yeah, I know we’re supposed to ban them for pulling ARs from their shelves). Anyways, $15 total (after coupon).

  15. Quit watching Football a while back. Fat sweaty guys jumping on each other while ostensibly chasing a leather egg-shaped ball as an excuse for their closeted homoretentive interests… Nah. I’ll not stand in their way, but I’m not paying for it and I don’t like to watch it any more than I like watching two guys making out in public. Anti-gun, too? Have a nice day.

    Don’t subscribe to Cable or Satellite. Or watch any broadcast TV of any kind…

    .torrent for Game of Thrones.

    Stacks of TulAmmo in my closet… Why waste good ammo on my bumpstock Kalashnikovs?

    Who gets my money? Derp.

  16. TulAmmo? Ammo company? Since when that ammo-shaped crap they make is called ‘ammo’?

    Yes, that is based on my own experience. And, yes, I am boycotting all things russian, too.

Comments are closed.