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Dale Earnhardt Jr. defends his father in Twitter tirade AP Photo/Amy Conn
FILE - This Feb. 21, 2001, file photo shows Dale Earnhardt, left, and his son Dale Earnhardt, Jr., watching from the pit area at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Roush Fenway Racing's seamless reaction in the wake of team owner Jack Roush's recent plane crash highlighted a relatively new concern for NASCAR teams: having a succession plan in place just in case the unthinkable happens to a team's leader. Roush and Hendrick Motorsports have shown that they can stay strong in the face of catastrophe, but the gradual downfall of Dale Earnhardt Inc. provides a cautionary tale. (AP Photo/Amy Conn, File)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. might seem like a more calm and serene person since his New Year’s Eve nuptials to new wife Amy. But just for the record, that doesn’t mean that you should cross him.

Case in point was a trio of tweets from the NASCAR driver on the afternoon of March 20, when he discovered some illegal dealings having to do with his father’s likeness on T-shirts that were being sold online. Dale Jr. went so far to use the hashtags “crooks” and “swindlers.”

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“Public Service Announcement: These shirts are made and sold illegally,” he captioned a picture of him wearing the original shirt next to the illegal copy. “I am not affiliated in any way. #Crooks #Swindlers #Counterfeit”

Dale Jr. went on to mention that the T-shirts are not only illegal, but also the promotion that a purchase of a T-shirt would include a meet and greet is completely untrue.

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“I’m fine with legal profit,” Dale Jr. added. “The costumer is the [one] who is cheated and lied to in this case. There is no meet [and] greet as advertised in the ad.”

The crime seemed to hit Dale Jr. personally, considering that it’s his father’s face on the T-shirt.

“[It’s] illegal to use my father’s name or likeness without permission,” he wrote. “Not to mention Goodwrench, Chevy, RCR, trademarked #3. The list goes on.”

Don’t you just love social media?

We hope that everything gets sorted out soon – and no other fans are taken advantage of by this scam.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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