While the NBA usually is the most progressive and is generally thought to be the "players league," a new policy was announced Monday that didn't sit well with many players, including Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas.
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 ..."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 9, 2019
ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski announced the new league rule that prohibits the use of the recently popularized "ninja-style" headbands.
Last season several players popularized the use of the "ninja-style" headbands rather than the standard version that Nike, the NBA's official apparel sponsor, supplies.
Damn it was for the culture lol https://t.co/HuTUlvOATs— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) September 9, 2019
Thomas, who signed with the Wizards this offseason, will undoubtedly sport his signature headband when the season starts up this October.
The NBA's issue with the "ninja-style" headbands is not new. The league took issue with the new trend last season but allowed the headbands to be worn, not wanting to create a disruption and avoiding intervening. Teams were notified back in May that this change would be put into place.
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