Clark said he and his friend were approached by security guards early in the game at US Airways Center and asked to take the shirts off or turn them inside out.

“I said, ‘No, I’m not going to do that,’” said Clark. Republic, based in Phoenix, deals in precious metals and offers investments in gold and silver.

Clark said the security guards then removed him and his friends from their seats, but they were later allowed to return after discussing the matter with the Suns’ security director.