The NBA won’t allow players to wear ninja-style headbands next season, a move that has raised a lot of criticism towards the league, and Nike. We recently learned that the league and the brand will prevent players from using this accessory, but they never gave a reason why.
Well, now ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed that the league notified teams this headband won’t be allowed next season. Moreover, NBA spokesman Mike Bass told ESPN the headwear hasn’t been through the league approval process.
Bass: “When some players began wearing them last season, we didn’t want to cause a disruption by intervening midseason…” NBA notified teams in May that the headwear “would not be a part of this seasons uniforms.” https://t.co/23IjTaoT8v
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) 9 de septiembre de 2019
“The NBA notified teams that it won’t allow players to wear “ninja-style headwear” this season, NBA spokesman Mike Bass tells ESPN. The headwear “…hasn’t been through the league approval process. Teams have raised concerns regarding safety and consistency of size, length …” Woj said on Twitter.
Jimmy Butler, Montrezl Harrell, and Jrue Holiday were some of the players that wore this headband last season, but it looks like they’ll have to wait another season to see if they can wear the ninja-style headbands again.
After all the concerns and criticism, people have tried to explain this better than the league itself. According to Kurt Helin of NBC Sports, this whole situation is about business, as he thinks it is because Nike didn’t officially make and market them yet.
Translated: Nike didn’t officially make and market these yet, so we need to wait for them to catch up. https://t.co/kZXzHAgMCe
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) 9 de septiembre de 2019
It’s interesting to see how these headbands threat the safety of players, but next season they won’t be allowed to wear them. They will have to go back to wearing the traditional headbands which have been around for years and wait until the league, or Nike, decides it’s fine to wear the ninja-style ones.