James Jones on sweatshirt ban: “Why they picking on the hoodie”
James Jones was just trying to stay warm, but now that the NFL has banned his good luck sweatshirt, he wants to stand up for hoodie rights.
During an interview with ESPN Milwaukee, Jones said the texts started rolling in from former Packers teammates immediately, after the league clarified a rule which prohibits players wearing hooded sweatshirts under their uniforms.
“I knew that was going to happen, but I’m like, ‘Man, why they picking on the hoodie?’ ” Jones said, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “It was strictly just to stay warm, but it became a little good-luck charm and it wasn’t harming anybody. If it’s because the hoodie covers the name, like they say, . . . you know, there’s a bunch of guys in the National Football League that have got long hair and [it] covers their name. So I don’t know the real reason, but Roger Goodell and them, [maybe] they do it for safety reasons. I’m not mad, but I am kind of angry that they attacked the hoodie.
“We’ve got bigger and better things in our league that need to be fixed. But at the same time, you’ve got to respect it. I’ve never gone against any rules so it’s not like I’m going to run out there with a hoodie and take the fine. I’ve got babies to feed. So the hoodie is officially retired.”
Of course, Jones doesn’t have paychecks to deduct fines from at the moment, as the Packers haven’t re-signed him. He said he’d be willing to return there if they need him, after he was called in for cover when Jordy Nelson was injured. But at this point, no one else has called either.