NBA Dress Code
On October 17, 2005, National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern announced the implementation a mandatory dress code for all NBA and NBA Development League players. This was especially noteworthy because the NBA became the first major professional sports league to implement such a rule, although National Hockey League rules state that a player is supposed to wear a jacket and tie to games and on charters if not told otherwise by the head coach or general manager. The dress code went into effect at the start of the 2005–06 NBA season.
... Critics such as Allen Iverson, Stephen Jackson, and Paul Pierce claim that the dress code will not change a person's character regardless of what type of clothing they wear, and that associating hip-hop ... Iverson was also quoted to say, "the dress code is not who I am and doesn't allow me to express myself." Many NBA and non-NBA sports figures also claim that it targets young black males and is a slap ... Most NBA players are sponsored by companies such as, Nike, Adidas, Puma and Converse ...
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